B.I.G.-Taola MV and single Review

Boys in groove

 

For this review I’m going to have to rescue a review from my music abyss (lol). I discovered B.I.G.( which stands for Boys In Groove mind you) by way of their second single Between Night n Music. I was attracted to their neo disco sound and cute MV with a simple but actual storyline and their outfits (who could forget those polka dot outfits). Between night n music was released in March of 2015 and B.I.G. has been silent since. This November B.I.G. emerged from the silence with a new look and of course new single! This new single is entitled Taola.
With this new single B.I.G. is still going strong with the retro theme this time jumping from 70’s inspired neo disco beats to a dramatic 90s R&B/pop melody (the melody of the song and vocals sound very familiar). Taola contrasts greatly with their last single Between night n music the latter they sound much younger and upbeat. Taola showcases the members deeper voices (especially in the rap segments) well with the dramatic chorus which brings back memories of old school k-pop hits. In the beginning of the track a member is heard stating that this song is a “New chapter” it seems his statement is correct.

 B.I.G. Then

As one can see  the Between night n music mv was produced (well) on a meager budget and gave B.I.G. an image that truly matched their name (boys in groove) as (invisible) disco dancers that help cheer up a woman evening that was going wrong.
  B.I.G Now

     Taola takes a cue from old 90’s videos were each member has their own theme and room but updated with the trend that’s overtaken almost every music video..neon lights. With its use of bold and dark colors (both in the member’s clothing and background sets) and shots of the members looking intensely into the camera Taola gives off a much more mature and dramatic vibe. Despite the differences B.I.G. stays true to their name and delivers a great dance song.
With this new single I look forward to their next incarnation if they choose to stay with this look and vibe or go with a totally different theme its bound to be a dance hit.

Rewind!! Luhan Reloaded Part 1

The history of Exo is long and complicated for a short version of the story of Exo click here. Fast forward  to 2015 Luhan debuts his first mini album and music video as a solo artist. Below is the review for Luhan’s first solo release  Reloaded part 1.

After leaving Exo Luhan  changed his image so to prepare those are have only seen or remember Luhan in Exo .

Luhan went from this

luhan past

To this

luhan now

Now on to the (mini) Album!

luhan album cover

That good good hits the ground running with its hip hop influenced beat and catchy repetitive hook of the phrase I got that good good similar to Willow smith’s whip my hair song. As if luhan performing in this genre isn’t enough of a 180 degree change of his image some of the lyrics in the song (especially the pre chorus)may give one pause as they may be perceived as sexual . Some fans debate that maybe Luhan  doesn’t understand what the term “the good good” means but in the video watch his “dance” move whenever this verse arises. It is definitely a image shattering single which is probably his intention.

Adventure Time Is the true surprise track off this mini album even more so than that good good. The track starts off with dramatic piano chords mix in the instrumentals. The music is very reminiscent of western hip –hop (or trap) music which is a huge departure from the music Luhan had been doing with Exo. There had been a lot of negative reviews of the extreme use of autotune on Luhan’s voice . However it does give his voice a unique sound in the chorus and at his part at the end of the song.

That good goodSquaresound remix
A surprisingly dark melody starts off the track and builds up during the first stanza to a dub- step like climax with chiptune music. Great restructuring of the song ; taking the song from its high energy hip hop tunes to a low tempo electro / chiptune groove.However the chorus is only heard once and the bridge is absent which was a slight disappointment.

That good good – Penthouse remix
Like its brother remix on the mini album the Penthouse remix is much more low tempo than it’s original. While using electronic instrumentals  like the Squaresound remix the melody in this version  is much brighter. The beginning has a lounge like sound and midway after the chorus more hip hop elements meld their way into the music. Despite its fall release this remix would be a good summer song.
With this release Luhan makes his foray into the music world all on his own but he isn’t done yet as of this review he has already released two more songs possibly for a Reloaded part 2 release.