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“Refreshing Self-Punishment”: The Appeal of Weekly Idol’s Random Play Dance

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Any consummate consumer of the K-Pop scene would know the popular random play dance corner of Weekly Idol — a segment where idol groups are expected to perform their choreography to the snatch of the song that is played. For idol groups who spend every waking moment in practice if they don’t have media or performance schedules, this, in theory, should be as easy as breathing for them.

The catch is that they’re expected to also reproduce the exact formation they’re in for the particular section of the song. Oh, and that the song skips every five seconds or so. If you’re INFINITE, with almost twenty different choreographies to remember, this ends up being a test of memory as well.

What makes the dance segment work so well?

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Album Review: BTS are Back to School for ‘Skool Luv Affair’

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bts-boy-in-luv-concept-pictures ‘Skool Luv Affair’ is not my first encounter with BTS . ‘Satoori Rap’ was. As a new fan of B.A.P , I’d heard the comparisons between the groups, and was intrigued that another K-Pop male group had also attempted a dialect rap. ‘Satoori Rap’   was just the right mix of catchiness and swag (a large part thanks to Rap Monster ), so I decided to give ‘Skool Luv Affair’ a try.

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Review: Dialect Raps and Traditional Music in B.A.P’s ‘No Mercy’

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B.A.P ‘s  No Mercy  is one of my favourite experimental songs by the band, because it combines not just dialect (‘satoori’) raps from both Kyungsangdo and Jeollado, but it also features traditional Korean drumming. There’s something refreshing when pop music pays tribute to the traditional, and shakes it up again in a new way — especially when traditional music can often be type-casted as old-fashioned or enjoyed by only a select, probably elderly group. No Mercy is an exercise in breaking those stereotypes.

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Review: B.A.P’s ‘First Sensibility’ Album

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B.A.P dropped their 1004 (Angel) MV together with their full ‘First Sensibility’ album yesterday, and the whole fandom exploded. I reviewed the MV a day ago, so today it’s time to focus on the album.

‘First Sensibility’ is supposed to be an album that shows the boys’ “sensibilities,” or their more matured, sensitive side, and it shows in the track selection, particularly in its slant towards R&B, and the inclusion of a couple surprisingly sensual tracks. B.A.P, the group of bleached blond warriors, sensual? Well, this time they are.


I usually like to let my new albums simmer for a few days before I review them, because full albums are usually too much to take in all at once. But I thought it’d also be interesting to review it over the course of the coming week, and see how my impression of the album evolves over time.

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Review and Interpretation: B.A.P’s 1004 (Angel) MV



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So after releasing about a million teasers, and hyping up the whole thing with a Twitter Q&A session leading right up to the event, B.A.P‘s finally dropped their 1004 (Angel) MV.

If you’ve been keeping up with the teasers, you’ll probably recognise the first half of the MV. And you’re probably already able to sing along. Except for that opening riff.

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