Already half the year is gone! to commemorate I’ve gathered a list of albums that I’ve really enjoyed that have come out in these past six months. Now, there are more albums I’m sure that I haven’t discovered yet, and some that I need to listen to a second and third time, but until then, check out these amazing artists:
Taeyang: Rise [R&B/Pop]
Taeyang’s previous albums are okay but in this one Taeyang took it a step above and really shined. These pop tunes sound fresh and current and could easily be played on American radio. Taeyang is great at R&B and he keeps that gift going in this album.
Mamamoo: Hello [R&B/Pop]
Mamamoo is my choice for best rookie girl group this year but at the same time I am not sure they are a K-Pop group to begin with. With great vocal talents and looks, Mamamoo has been nothing but professionals in their music that I can hardly believe they are rookies. Just a good fun time album.
Crush: Crush On You [R&B/Hip-Hop]
Finally Crush came out with his album and we were not dissapointed. With numerous collaborations from Lydia Paek to Jay Park to Zion. T, Crush’s smooth voice makes you want to groove.
Brown Eyed Soul: Thank Your Soul Side A [R&B/Soul]
The music and voices of real soul and r&b. Brown Eyed Soul are masters in their genre.
Swings: Major Depression [Hip-Hop]
Love most of the songs here. Swings is one of the best rappers.
Squared: Summertrip [R&B]
A cool r&b summer album.The music is laid back but a good listen. Squared produced everything himself down to the cover art. pretty impressive.
2Bic: Walk Backward [2nd Mini Album Repackage] [R&B]
Again, like Brown Eyed Soul, 2Bic knows what their doing when it comes to r&b. Their voices are heavenly.
The Barberettes: The Barberettes Vol. 1 [Doo Wop]
50’s Doo Wop style mixed in with some 60’s Korea vibe. These trio of girls have beautiful voices that perfectly melt together. Perhaps not for everyone’s taste, but the Barberettes are undoubtedly talented.
Ironic Hue: For Melting Steel [Rock]
Making a comeback after several years, Ironic Hue does not disappoint.
Pavlov: 26 [Rock]
Pavlov makes their debut album that doesn’t even sound like a debut. They seem like rock experts.
Small O: Temper Of Water [Rock/Folk]
Yay for the return of Small O! They have a distinctive folk-rock sound that few in Korea are doing which sets them apart from everyone else. A good follow up album.
Life & Time: The Great Deep [Rock]
By the end of the year when I pick my top favorite albums of 2014, this album will be on there. No doubt. A rocking good album. I just found out that some of the members of this band are from their fellow labelmates The Koxx and Loro’s so that explains the talent.
Thornapple: Abnormal Climate [Rock]
Another good comeback album. Thornapple has a distinct rock sound as well that seems very ghostly. They are more laid back with their rock music but it’s something that I love hearing from these guys.
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