Korean music has officially taken over my iPod.
T-ara, Beast, SNSD, 4minute, 2PM, 2AM, Clazziquai, Peppertones, Brown Eyed Girls, Brown Eyed Soul, Wonder Girls, BoA, Lee Hyori, Big Bang, Chae Yeon, Uhm Jung Hwa… the list goes ON and ON.
I intentionally left out TWO of my favourite Korean artists, though, as I’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog entry to their sheer brillance.
Dynamic Duo (다이나믹듀) & Davichi (다비치) are both two-person acts that are incredibly talented in their own right and have catchy tunes that manage to stand out from the crowd.
1) As the title suggests, the first group to be featured is Dynamic Duo (다이나믹듀오). They are a Korean Hip Hop duo, made up of members Choiza and Gaeko. Sick beats and incredible vocals/rapping skills make them one of my absolute favourites.
Songs to check out: ChulChek 출첵 (feat.나얼 of Brown Eyed Soul), Fireworks, Epik High,불면증 (Insomnia) and 죽일놈!
“Solo & Chulchek” (Live Performance)
2) Now, it’s time to shine the spotlight on one of my favourite female acts … Davichi (다비치)! These girls stand out among the competition thanks to their strong, powerful vocals, unique melodies and poetic lyrics.
Their music videos have creative flair, and when they perform live, they seem to focus more on showcasing their voices instead of spending too much time wowing the audience with over-the-top dance routines and fancy backdrops. (Not that I don’t love a good dance routine, but it’s refreshing to see a female act that really focus on their vocal range and ability!)
Songs to check out: “Time, Please Stop, “8282, “Sagochyeosseoyo”(“사고쳤어요”), My Man, Shadow, First Kiss and Don’t Leave.
“Time, Please Stop” (MV)
“Time, Please Stop” (Live Performance)