Amber - Shake That Brass
Generally I don't do music unless I've had a lot of time to digest the song, so this one might come back and bite me. I arrived back in Canada last night, and am throwing this post up in my string of Korea-inspired posts. During my trip, I had picked up an international driver's license and drove around for hours listening to Korean radio. This meant I listened to a lot of K-pop while there. For the most part, the songs blended together for me personally. There were definitely stand outs, but with no lyrics to guide me, there wasn't much that demanded a listen outside of the trip. There were 2 exceptions: One was super catchy and stuck with me as just plain good sugary pop, and the other caught me by surprise.
The debut single for f(x)'s member Amber, this is the first release for the rapper/singer's solo album 'Beautiful'. The song immediately demanded my attention with it's wonky horns and bass kicks that sound like Missy Elliott circa early 2000s. It wasn't until I got home that I saw the video, and was happy to see it was just as bright and silly as the song. The background vocals are provided by Girls Generation's superstar Taeyeon, and the video apparently cameos a lot of other K-pop stars (which I am woefully ignorant of). I can't judge Amber's wordplay for obvious reasons, but her rapping flows well and she plays with the verses in fun and unexpected ways. I'm glad I found this song and maybe it'll even encourage me to dive a little deeper into the vast rich ocean of the K-pop world.