[아주 작은 Review] Stray Kids / Samuel (ft. Jung Ilhoon of BTOB) / Monsta X / Jung Joon Young (boy edition all the way today!)

I’ve been delaying too much this week, but actually, it’s not my fault that most new releases were closer to the end of this week, hahaha. But whatever, here’s another edition of 아주 작은 Review for this week (you’re gonna see more of this featured image in April, I guess… it’s gonna be one of the most hectic months for me as a blogger).

Today is fully a male artist edition, with Stray Kids debut, Samuel, Monsta X and Jung Joon Young comeback releases.


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Stray Kids – District 9

Release date: March 26, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I didn’t watch their survival show, neither I was impressed by their pre-debut releases, but District 9 got my attention with it’s electric guitar riffs in the chorus, and that fusion of dubstep and rock I usually love hearing in NU’EST songs. This debut song reminds me a lot of early B.A.P. sound mixed with heavy rock. I assume their releases will be full of hip-hop verses which I don’t really like (reasons I don’t listen to hip-hop oriented idol groups). I liked this debut a lot, but I’m not sure if Stray Kids manage to keep my attention with further releases. Let’s see.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 7 out of 10


Samuel – One (feat. Jung Ilhoon of BTOB)

Release date: March 28, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

Samuel has been pretty much active ever since Produce 101 ended, landing onto Korean idol market with two mini and one full albums already (the other Broduce contestants being that active are only MxM duo). What I really appreciate about Samuel is his constant improvement and experiments with song styles. Also, seems like this year’s trend is gonna mixing old-style music styles with modern elements. As I mentioned in TVXQ review, SM seem to be going for electro swing/jazzy stuff, while Brave Brothers decided to bring back the techno sound in this Samuel’s comeback, which worked perfectly. I seriously love constant experiments with the boy’s music (if you take a look, Sixteen was a trendy tropical house, while Candy went for old-school funky sound).

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 8 out of 10


Monsta X – Jealosy

Release date: March 26, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I have a feeling that ever since Dramarama Monsta X seem to finally finding their niche to stick with. Jealosy is another amazingly produced EDM track that showcases group’s style. There’s literally nothing about this song that catches me off guard, the transitions between verses and choruses are amazing, and that pre-chorus is so good! Despite the heavy sound, the whole song is still more on a subtle sexy side rather than just over exploding with sex appeal. And the chorus is definitely getting stuck in your head for a while. Job well done, Monsta X.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 8 out of 10


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Jung Joon Young – fiancee

Release date: March 29, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

Jung Joon Young? Being cheesy? Sounds like something unexpectedly new, but JJY has a sweet voice that will make you go immediately, “I do” at his “Marry Me?”. By the way, this song musically reminds a lot of what his best friend Roy Kim did in his early debut days. Usually when JJY does solo releases, his songs convey a lot of emotional pain (Sympathy is the best example), so it’s really interesting to hear his cheesy and sweet vocals. Looks like the young man is finding his perfect peace in life. Maybe real dating/marriage news coming soon?

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 10 out of 10

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