“This is a city of eight million strangers,” my friend told me one lazy afternoon in my dorm, as we munched on kosher-salted popcorn and listened to sad music—feeding on our mutual emotionally masochistic tendencies. When I first listened to LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” I was taken back to what he said.
Korean Alternative Hip Hop juggernaut Epik High released their newest project, sleepless in ______ on Monday, featuring a collective of big names such as Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, BTS rapper-producer Suga, and K-R&B ballad singer Crush.
UK trio Far Caspian released their first EP last year in November. Between Days consists of five tracks, compiling their three singles with new songs “Between Days” and “Finding My Way Home”.
One of K-pop’s leading second generation idols, Sunmi, previously of JYP’s very own hit girlgroup Wonder Girls, is back with her lo-fi dance pop single “Noir”, taking on the theme of social media and the fuss it brings to society.
Veteran rapper 2 Chainz released his fifth studio album on March 1, 2019. The charismatic rapper is often considered as a great feature yet decent at filling a track on his own. However, boasting features of Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Ariana Grande, and Ty Dolla $ign, as well as having one of the best basketball players of all time, LeBron James, as its executive producer, the album became one of the most anticipated albums of the month, and Chainz has a lot to prove with “Rap or Go to the League”.
Hozier is back with his new album, Wasteland, Baby! The Irish musician Andrew Hozier-Byrne (singing under the homonym Hozier) continues his hot musicianship of sweet, sweet folk-rock with an overdue follow-up to his 2014 self-titled album. It’s been five years since we heard “Take Me To Church” playing repeatedly on our airwaves, and we believe that the songs in Wasteland, Baby! will stand to the same acclaim he has in his 2014 release.
The Jonas Brothers--consisting of the three brothers, Kevin, Joe, and Nick, made a surprise comeback with the release of their latest single, “Sucker”, after 6 years of hiatus and hiding the secret of their comeback for months.
Hip Hop supergroup CZARFACE (7L, Esoteric, Inspectah Deck) released their sixth album, CZARFACE Meets Ghostface. There have been doubts surrounding this new joint since CZARFACE’s last project with MF DOOM, which didn’t go that well. However, many people also anticipated the collaboration of two Wu-Tang Clan members, Inspectah Doom and Ghostface Killah.
South Korean girl group LOONA or stylised as LOOΠΔ is back with a new bang this year. Initially a repackaged version of their previous EP [+ +],, the EP has been long awaited since the first teaser was revealed in October 2018.
Rapper, songwriter, composer, and producer Jung Ilhoon, mainly known as the main rapper of BTOB, is back with his solo single “Spoiler”, this time featuring Babylon. The acclaimed idol-producer presents us with what appears to be a heavily anticipated 3-minute R&B ballad filled with melancholic guitar riffs, keyboards, and synths.