6 Great K-Pop Songs You Should Listen To Right Now

6 Great K-Pop Songs You Should Listen To Right Now

My music taste is incredibly varied. Seriously, one minute I'll be singing along to ABBA, the next I'll have Bring Me The Horizon blasting out of my speakers. One genre of music I really enjoy is K-Pop. I love the production and all that it entails. Yes, at times it can be cheesy and whatnot, but I love it and I have no shame in admitting that. This isn't the first time I've talked about K-Pop here on my blog. Back in my favourite songs in February, I featured a few K-Pop tracks and back in November I even talked about my experience of watching the BTS Burn The Stage movie on the big screen.

That being said, At the moment there are quite a few brilliant tracks out that I feel people should give a listen to. So I pretty much thought I'd talk about 6 of those great K-Pop songs that I feel deserve lots of love. So without further ado, I present to you 6 great K-Pop songs you should listen to right now.

BTS Ft. Halsey - Boy With Luv

The first of the 6 great K-Pop songs you should listen to right now is for sure BTS Ft. Halsey - Boy With Luv. This track is a new release from the boyband's latest album Map Of The Soul: Persona. Boy With Luv is the title track of the said album and it's an absolute banger. It's bright, upbeat and has a slight disco vibe to it. I feel like in this particular track members Jimin and Suga really shine. Jimin's vocals are incredible and in the music video, he really shines. As for Suga, his deep rap in Boy With Luv is on point and for sure one of my favourite parts. The chorus featuring US singer Halsey is also incredibly addictive. Trust me you'll find yourself constantly singing "Oh my my my! Oh my my my!"
 

BLACKPINK - Kill This Love

The second of the 6 great K-Pop songs you should listen to right now is BLACKPINK - Kill This Love. Kill This Love is a strong female electronic power anthem from the four-piece girl group and does not disappoint. It features a truly powerful beat teamed with rave style air horns. It kind of reminds me of Little Mix's Salute in a weird sort of way but I personally find BLACKPINK's offering to be a little more catchy and more to my taste.

My favourite part for sure has to be Lisa and Jennie's rap. It's badass and showcases the pair's epic bar spitting skills. To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if the two form a subunit in the near future kind of like what G-Dragon and TOP did from Big Bang. However, for now, I think we should just soak up BLACKPINK in all their glory and that means strong rap, vocals, visuals and female empowerment.
 

Park Bom Ft. Sandara Park - Spring

The third of the 6 great K-Pop songs you should listen to is Park Bom Ft. Sandara Park - Spring. Now you may remember both Park Bom and Sandara Park from the legendary and now disbanded girl group 2NE1. Well, Park Bom has gone solo and released the track Spring. If you loved 2NE1's signature sound then you'll more than likely enjoy this as Bom's vocals predominantly made up 2NE1's distinguishable sound. In the track, it's almost as if Bom is singing about the controversy in her past and her struggles with the entertainment industry.

The song isn't something really upbeat, it features a mid-tempo beat but what really stands out are Bom's impressive vocals and meaningful words. Former band member Sandara Park joins Bom on her track to provide some killer rap on the track but oddly Dara offers a slightly more mature sound than her 2NE1 days. Her vocals are still soft as clouds but she showcases how she's grown since the days of 2NE1 and I really am a fan. The track is beautiful in every sense of the word and I really do hope Bom gains the success as a solo artist that she really deserves.

TXT - Crown

The Fourth of the 6 great K-Pop songs you sound listen to right now is TXT - Crown. TXT AKA Tomorrow X Together is a new boyband formed by the people behind BTS, Big Hit Entertainment. The group is made up of 5 members, Yeonjun, Soobin, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Huening Kai. They made their debut back in March and Crown is their debut song. Personally, I feel like the group is a little too, young for me and targeted more towards a younger audience. However, I do like Crown and find it very catchy. It's super bright, upbeat and the production is incredibly clean. The vocals are super on point and the track offers a really addictive bouncy electronic beat. Crown isn't going to be to every K-Pop lovers taste but give it a listen and see what you think.
 

Stray Kids - Miroh

The fifth of the 6 great K-Pop songs you should listen to is Stray Kids - Miroh. I'm not even going to lie, I've been obsessed with this song. The song is a super intense dance number that opens with member Felix’s super deep-toned voice which oddly reminds me of the guy from Right Said Fred on the track I'm Too Sexy. Don't ask, my mind works strangely sometimes.

Anyway, the track soon builds up to a very powerful chorus that will have you getting your groove on. The "Woah-Oh-Oh" vocals will be stuck in your head all day long after listening to Miroh. Seriously it's a true banger that gets you in the mood to party. The only downside? The song doesn't last nearly as long as it should to satisfy me but I guess it's okay as I have the ability to repeat the track until my heart is content.
 

MOMOLAND - I'm So Hot

The sixth and final of the 6 great K-Pop songs you should listen to is MOMOLAND - I'm So Hot. I bloody love MOMOLAND. Ever since I first listened to Bboom Bboom I've been hooked. I love how upbeat their tracks are and how they just offer something fun to listen to. I'm So Hot is the group's latest track and it certainly hasn't disappointed me. The song isn't anything serious with deep meaningful lyrics, instead, it is a fun dance anthem that is has a fantastic electro-swing sound to it which isn't actually too different from the group's previous two tracks Bboom Bboom and BAAM. I guess MOMOLAND have found their safe signature sound and honestly? I'm alright with that.

In a nutshell? I'm So Hot will get stuck in your head and you will end up having a little boogie. If you liked the now split up, although not officially disbanded group Crayon Pop, MOMOLAND has a sort of similar sound and may satisfy that Crayon Pop shaped hole in your heart.
   

K-Pop isn't just for Korean speakers

So there you have it, 6 killer Korean pop tracks that I recommend listening to. If you're a K-Pop fan you'll more than likely already be aware of these songs but if you're new to the genre then you might just find something new you like. Korean pop isn't everybody's cup of tea but please don't simply be put off by the language barrier because you might be missing out on something that'll blow your socks off. You don't need to fully understand something to enjoy it although I personally always like to educate myself when it comes to foreign language music. So although I might not be able to fully sing along initially, I can always research and look deeper into the meaning of each song to really grasp what the artist is trying to portray.

Are you a K-Pop fan? What's your favourite Korean pop group?
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3 Things I Hate About The Nintendo Switch


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Recently in my Food Truck Mania review, I touched on the fact that I had recently purchased a Nintendo Switch. After months of umming and ahhing, I decided to bite the bullet when I saw a console come on offer for a decent price. The reason for buying a Switch? Ultimately for the upcoming Animal Crossing game. However, I like to game so I knew I'd get some good use out of it alongside my Xbox One and my Nintendo DS. Recently I've been engrossed by the likes of Stardew Valley and Scribblenauts. I've even played some Fornite, although I'll share my thoughts on that another day. 

Anyway, I've played on the console a fair bit now to have formed some strong opinions on the device. There are things I LOVE about the console. Those of which I'll for sure write about in the near future. However, there are also things I hate about the Nintendo Switch. Now like most I love a good rant about things that grind my gears. Therefore, I thought I'd unload here on my blog and pretty much have a nice vent. So brace yourself and grab a cuppa because here are three things that I really hate about the Nintendo Switch.

1. Lack Of Memory

The first thing I hate about the Nintendo Switch? The lack of memory. Picture this, you spend quite a hefty chunk of money on a console. In my case, I picked up my Switch for £239.85. This was on offer and a good price for a Nintendo Switch console but nevertheless, it is a lot of money. Especially in comparison to other consoles and considering this was just for the console, there weren't any games included. Nevertheless, I understand that the Switch is supposed to cost more to make and what not. 

However, back to my point. Imagine spending a hefty amount of money on something and then not long after purchasing you find you have to purchase something additional. In this case I am referring to storage. Do you know how much memory the Nintendo Switch has? A measly 32GB. Yep, that's it.  
Now let me tell you, 32GB really does not go far. Thankfully I came across an affordable 128GB micro SD card on good old Amazon for £14.49 so the issue didn't hurt my bank balance too much but when you think about it for the price you really don't get much memory at all. I understand that you can expand your memory and that the Switch is expensive for it's many, many features and components but still, I kinda felt like it was a bit of a kick in my none existent balls to be having to fork out on extra memory, not even a few weeks after purchasing the console.

2. Battery Life

The second thing I hate about the Nintendo Switch? The battery life. Now firstly I'm referring to when you play the console as a handheld device. When you play it on the TV it's obviously in the docking station charging away. Therefore the battery life isn't an issue in that case. However, when playing handheld I've found the battery doesn't last long at all. Obviously, it depends on what I am playing but if I'm playing the likes of Fortnite, I'll get about 2 hours of play out of it, if that. Now in Fortnite terms, that's a handful of games and pretty useless if you're wanting a good session to complete your weekly challenges on the go. I get that Fortnite is a big game with good graphics that drain the battery, but still, I am entitled to rant and have my opinions.

With other games like Scribblenauts, I can get a little bit longer out of it. Realistically, you can extend your battery life by carrying steps out like turning the brightness down. To be fair, considering what the Switch is capable of the battery life isn't too bad. However, it really annoys me to no end when I'm gaming on the go and I have to cut my session short. I know I'm being really picky. However, I'm also being really truthful about the fact that it gets my back up and annoys me. So sorry, not sorry and all that!

3. Cost Of Games

The final thing that I hate about the Nintendo Switch is how bloody expensive the games are. Now it's a well-known fact that Nintendo pretty much refuses to basically lower the cost of their games as time goes. With Xbox One and PS4 games you'll usually find that after a few months of a game being out, it will then reduce in price and get cheaper as time goes on. That's not really the case with Nintendo games. Obviously, you can still get offers and what not but some games stay incredibly close to their launch price even after they've been out for a few years. So the majority of the time Switch Games are more expensive than versions for Xbox One and PS4. Why is this the case? Well I've read up on why this is and apparently it's for a number of reasons. 

The first is that production costs are simply higher. The second reason? Well basically because they can. Nintendo has been around for so long that their games pretty much have a quality seal and therefore they know that loyal fans are willing to pay their prices. Now don't get me wrong, I fully understand the reasoning behind this, especially if we are talking about Nintendo exclusives and I respect Nintendo's stance on this.

It's fine if you have another console but not so good if you solely play Switch

That being said, as I can get certain games (non-exclusives) much cheaper for my Xbox my plan is basically to purchase those games for Xbox. I pretty much plan on only purchasing games that I think I'd enjoy way more handheld as opposed to playing on a big screen. Take Stardew Valley as a prime example. I have it for Xbox but personally, feel it's more suitable as a handheld game so I purchased it for Switch. The only other games I plan on purchasing are Nintendo exclusives for my Switch. But hey, the majority of people who buy Switches do so for the Nintendo exclusives. 

The thing is though I kinda feel like it's bad for those who want to play all games, not just Nintendo's offerings. I am lucky as I have the option of choosing between games for my Switch or my Xbox. I have that option to save myself money. Other people don't have multiple consoles. Some people only have a Nintendo Switch and don't just want to play Nintendo exclusives. They want to play other games that are released.

So in one way, I can see why Nintendo exclusives don't really budge from their release price but I think for games that are available on other platforms it's a bit of a shame for sole Switch gamers. But then again, it probably all boils down to the cost of the production element. Regardless, of the reason, I find it puts me off buying specific games for my Switch and leads me to purchase and play games on my other console when I'm not wanting to play handheld and the games are cheaper.

Believe it or not, I am a fan of the Nintendo Switch

Honestly? Being a Switch gamer can be hella expensive. From the cost of the console to buying additional storage and then to the price of the games. Everything is pricey. Some may argue this is because of the quality of the device. Plus the aspect of the unique dual experience of having both a handheld console and something you can play on your TV. Others may argue that it is greed and because demand is there. I'm not the person to give solid answers and explanations. I'm just here to share my thoughts and opinions. 

So there you have it, that is my rant over about the things I hate about the Nintendo Switch. Now I know after reading this post many will probably think that I hate the console and I'm anti Switch and Nintendo. But honestly, the truth is that I love my Switch but like all things, it has its pros and cons. Still not convinced that I do in fact enjoy my Switch? Keep your eyes peeled for my post on what I love about the console.

Are you a Switch player? What do you love and hate about the console?
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