Every month, we bring you a list of the hottest K-pop songs and videos that you need to check out. Here are our favorites for June’s edition:
Queen of K-pop BoA goes old-school on her latest release, “Feedback,” featuring Nucksal. Laid-back and groovy, the track is infused with new jack swing and ’90s pop influences though it still retains the infectiousness of contemporary K-pop. The track follows last October’s Woman EP.
Fromis_9 are back with the summer-ready single, “FUN!.” Addictive and tongue-in-cheek, the song is an electro pop tune that features punny lyrics referencing Ariana Grande and Beyoncé. The song’s accompanying music video also pokes fun at popular brands such as Pocari Sweat, Nissin Cup Noodles and Adidas.
Boyband NCT Dream have linked up with British up-and-comer HRVY on “Don’t Need Your Love” as part of SM STATION’s third season. A kiss-off from the boys to their exes, the song is a groovy dance pop tune that features bouncy bass and flute-like synths.
Up-and-coming boyband ATEEZ have dropped a video for “Illusion,” a cut from their latest project, Treasure EP3: One to All. The clip follows the group as they explore the world in their flying pirate ship in search of treasure.
Former IOI member Jeon Somi made her much-anticipated solo debut with the addictive, electro pop song, “Birthday.” The track was co-written and -produced by Teddy Park, who is known for his work on hits like BLACKPINK’s “Kill This Love.”
BTS linked up with Swedish pop star Zara Larsson for “A Brand New Day,” a song from the soundtrack of the K-pop band’s new mobile game, BTS World. Produced by Mura Masa, the track features vocals from J-Hope, V and Larsson over daegeum (a Korean bamboo flute) instrumentation and bright synths.
Monsta X have taken a leaf out of The Weeknd’s playbook on “Who Do U Love?,” their new English-language single featuring French Montana. The alt-R&B track features sultry falsettos from the six-member group, who sing over a brooding soundscape of synths and a groovy bassline.
Red Velvet get experimental on their latest single, “Zimzalabim.” The frantic track jumps between genres at a breakneck speed, going from an EDM dance break and bubblegum pop chants to disco-inspired breakdowns, all tied together with an addictive chorus.
Stray Kids are back with a new song, “Side Effects.” On the song, the boys contrast calm piano-led melodies and light vocals against rapid-fire bars over aggressive EDM synths. The track is the lead single from Clé 2: Yellow Road, the sequel to their March EP, Clé 1: Miroh.