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Big Band and Swing – Kpop Style

This was originally posted on January 10th, 2014.

It’s just about two weeks in 2014 and I have been dropping the ball a bit as to what music videos have been released. Rain’s long awaited comeback saw not one but two songs uploaded on New Year’s Day and Dong Bang Shin Ki’s Chang Min and YunHo finally unveiled their much hyped track Something.

I was notified first that DBSK’s video was out so this was my first song of 2014. It was ok…didn’t set me on fire, but I liked the song. Today I finally downloaded it as well as Rain’s La Song and 30 Sexy. One thing I noticed was a similar sound between La Song and Something. Their were brass instruments…god damn, I’m hearing something from the 1920’s Chicago and I like it…a lot.

Each song is unique and I think it’s fair to compare these two songs because of the big band and swing elements each use. Personally, neither song is going to make my 2014 Favorite Kpop anything. I just don’t love either, but they did get me bouncing and I spent an hour each listening to these songs released on 14.1.1 today and I was most definitely grooving my bikers butt at my desk.

The thing about all this though…is it felt so 2013!

Rain is the undisputed King of Kpop and could only really be challenged by YunHo or Se7en, in my opinion, as a top tier solo artist. DBSK, I need to say no more…they simply are. Here’s the thing that struck me. I had heard this sound before…way back in August of 2013.

Anyone remember the Infinite-H produced Tasty track MaMaMa?

While technically, not a big band sound they did use swing which is the style of music that gave big bands of the roaring 20’s their signature sound. I got to say…them Jung Twins did it better than two of the biggest acts in Kpop. I enjoyed the song, visuals, beat, and video of MaMaMa more than either of Hess other songs…that’s kind of a big deal.

Now, I know I just said it felt so 2013…I really meant 2011.

2011 saw the release and hugely successful 2nd album from SS501’s leader Kim Hyun Jung. He really is a Lucky Guy as I recall this album reached the top 5 on the Billboard World charts. If you missed this video back in 2011 check it out down below because it also uses big band in its show stopping tunes.

So…did Kim Hyun Jung set this trend nearly three years too early and of all the big band swinging kpop songs that have come out in the last few years which is your favorite?

Ok ok ok…fine you can include Secret if you want, but I won’t like it!

You can check out the rest of the videos talked about in this post here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+matthewscot/albums/5968587117457267409

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