It is November; getting close to the end of the year.
2016 has been a year full of Hip-Hop, Electronica, and Dance. Many collaborations and features happened such as rapper Verbal Jint with ballad singer, Baek Ji Young and rapper Dean with Girls’ Generation Tiffany. This was a way to promote each other that worked well because there was always good response from the audiences. On the other hand, Rock/Indie, Ballad, and R&B are behind the scenes that slowly crept on music charts like ballad singer, Park Hyo Shin and rock band, Nell.
After this paragraph, there would be a list and description about the artist and album. This list is base off from my recommendations for 2016 releases. Right below after the recommendations, there would be upcoming releases listed to be prepared for the artists who are going to make a comeback soon. To give a hint, the albums mostly consist of Ballad, Rock/Indie, R&B, and Pop music from January to November. (This list is going to be based off from date of the album, min-album, and/or single released.)
Jung Joon Il | January 14
There are four tracks in his first mini album, Underwater, that was released the beginning of the year Jung Joon Il became a solo artist after the disbandment of Korean rock band, MATE. With the years of his success of his solo career, Jung Joon Il has showed a different side of him. Rather than going ballad with this mini album, he has shown the different music style. The second track, Plastic, is the title of this album that Jung Joon Il changed his vocal voice to an R&B and featured rapper, BewhY has lead us to a melancholy melody with the metaphor of, “I’m not a plastic.”
Recommended tracks: 02, 03, 04
Woo Yeon Soo | January 15
Woo Yeon Soo is a new artist that I’ve only discovered this year. She has a remarkable ballad voice that is really graceful. It is perfect to listen to when you are at need for relaxation. I immediately fell for her voice of how she sang for her tracks.
Subin (Dal Shabet) | June 20
Subin is from girl group, Dal Shabet. In honest, I’ve never listened to this group or if I did, I don’t remember any of their songs. However, member Subin caught my attention with her first mini album. She showed off a strong R&B and ballad voice the five tracks.
Recommended tracks: 01, 02, 03 (the rest are highly recommended to listen to)
Bye Bye My Blue
Baek Ye Rin | June 20
Baek Ye Rin, similar to Subin, is from a duo group, 15&. However, this is her single album (which contains only three tracks). The music genre that Baek Ye Rin takes on is the soft rock. Her deep voice is soothing that is really enjoyable to listen to when it comes to the soft melodies. For this single album, I recommend all three tracks to listen to.
Apink | September 26
-Full Length Album-
After a year and two months, Apink (pronounced as the letter A and the color Pink > A Pink) has finally returned to the Korean music scene with their third full-length album with nine new tracks! Unlike before with their fairy-like concepts, the ladies have taken on the path to a mature concept.
The maturity is very much different from others mostly because of their fashion and style. The way they are dressed for this concept are two different colors of skirts and long sleeves turtle-neck tops that are tucked in. A fashion that has been popular among the 1990s where turtle-necks were the trend. Also, Apink has always been the group that resembles the first generation Korean groups such as S.E.S. and FINKL that their title track, Only One, brings out the melody that will reminiscence that feel.
Recommended tracks: 03, 06, 07, 09
I Am a Dreamer
Park Hyo Shin | October 3
-Full Length Album-
Park Hyo Shin has finally returned with his 7th album with twelve tracks since his single release in 2014. I like this album because of Park Hyo Shin naturally has a deep voice. But his voice can vibrate into a beautiful vocal that smoothens the melody. Besides, his album title, “I am a Dreamer” brings out the mood of the befriended and inspired emotions to you.
Recommended tracks: 01, 04, 06, 07, 09, 10
Bangtan Boys | October 7
-Full Length Album-
Bangtan Boys has released their second full length album, Wings. A new concept that the boys has took a stab onto the music scene. Their title track “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” has a non-Hip-Hop style and more of a dance feel to it. A “gentleman” style because their outfits were suits rather than jeans, t-shirts, and jackets. There are five tracks that all of members sing, two intro/interlude tracks, and the rest of the seven tracks are member’s solo tracks. Like what Korean girl group, KARA did in 2012 for their Japanese collection album, Bangtan has done the same. This is how I started to know which music style is the key to the group from each member. For all members, they have similarities in R&B and Hip-Hop/Rap and that is how their group music genre are.
Recommended tracks: 01, 05, 06, 07, 09, 14
November releases: (Check them out!)
B.A.P “Noir” [November 7] – After two years of their first album released, B.A.P is ready to come into the music scene for a new style of music.
Standing Egg “Voice” [November 11] – Indie artist, Standing Egg is releasing the new mini-album soon, look forward to it.
Big Bang [November] – Not officially announced a specific date but Big Bang is going to release an album to celebrate their tenth year since debut.
S.E.S [November] – First generation K-pop girl group, S.E.S. is making a comeback somewhere this month to celebrate their twentieth year anniversary! This is said to be an 20th union, special album!