The Prime 40 Ok-Pop Album Tracks & B-Sides of 2021 (20-1)

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Top 40 B-Sides & Album Tracks of 2021Every year, it appears like my B-Sides and Album Tracks record grows stronger and stronger. Too usually, Ok-pop businesses miss the boat on releasing these unbelievable songs as title tracks. 2021 was no completely different, revealing a bunch of gems that might have topped my Singles record had they been promoted. As a substitute, I’ve received two days of standouts to unveil.

This countdown encompasses any observe that didn’t obtain a full music video. This consists of album tracks, in addition to songs which will have been carried out however by no means actively promoted. It additionally consists of Japanese b-sides from Korean acts. Similar to the Prime 50 Singles record, all songs right here had been launched between December 1st, 2020 and November thirtieth, 2021.


Songs 40-21

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20. GHOST9 – STARVOY


Pairing with veteran manufacturing crew e.one, GHOST9 deserted the aggressive bombast of previous tracks for a modern dance beat and trendy refrain. (full evaluate)


19. ENHYPEN – GO BIG OR GO HOME


90’s dance grooves are a dime a dozen today, however ENHYPEN tied their Robin S-esque manufacturing to a sequence of indelible hooks. It’s a massive-sounding membership thumper. (full evaluate)


18. BRAVE GIRLS – FEVER


There are few issues extra satisfying than the trumpeting synth that punctuates Fever‘s refrain. The tune is full-on texture, dripping with charisma as its restrained melodies paint an effortlessly cool ambiance.


17. ONF – SECRET TRIANGLE (OFF TEAM)


I’m often not a fan of tempo-switching instrumental drops, however Secret Triangle comes collectively so thrillingly throughout its climax that any prior diversions are forgiven. Add a killer melody excessive and also you’ve received a long-lasting standout from a bunch bursting with them.


16. DREAMCATCHER – POISON LOVE


This haunting trance sound characterizes a lot of my favourite Dreamcatcher tracks, and Poison Love is up there with one of the best of them. If the ladies ever wished to twist the signature sound of their title tracks, this is able to make a dynamite single. (full evaluate)


15. TXT – NO RULES


TXT had been too angst-filled this 12 months to completely embrace their brighter aspect, however the funky No Guidelines proves they nonetheless have a surplus of gasoline left in that tank. A bounding beat helps effusive pop melodies, culminating in an addictive, brass-kissed chant. (full evaluate)


14. GOLDEN CHILD – BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN


Generally I simply need my pop songs large and silly. Backside Of The Ocean‘s English lyrics are… attention-grabbing, however that solely provides to the observe’s goofy stadium rock allure. If I believed within the idea of “responsible pleasure,” this is able to be high of the record. (full evaluate)


13. LUCY – ONE BY ONE


Lucy shocked me with this one. I by no means dreamed they’d enterprise towards such digital territory, however One By One‘s surging synth and otherworldly vocal results gave new dimension to their sound. It’s like a contemporary replace of a John Hughes film soundtrack, Ok-pop model. (full evaluate)


12. GOLDEN CHILD – SPELL


When Golden Youngster’s suite of robust vocalists forge collectively, they’re a power to be reckoned with. Spell is overwhelming in its sheer bigness, alternating between fitful verses and commanding choruses. Compelling rhythms abound, drawn collectively by the group’s go-for-broke efficiency. (full evaluate)


11. SHINEE – HEART ATTACK


After the exhausting flip of title observe Don’t Name Me, SHINee counterpunched with a slick dance observe that echoes their most iconic work. Coronary heart Assault is simple and potent, given life by the group’s effortlessly cool vocals. It’s immediately timeless. (full evaluate)


10. ONF – THE REALIST


ONF go full-on Blade Runner with the driving, atmospheric synth fantasia of The Realist. I really like how the tune melts into musical slush in its closing moments, simply after a burst of searing guitar rips it open. (full evaluate)


9. SHINEE – CØDE


SHINee personal this model of stomping electro-pop, and so they’re in full regalia for CØDE‘s commanding assault. After a left-field opener, the beat kicks in and by no means appears to be like again. It’s modern and harmful and thrilling. (full evaluate)


8. LUCY – BUDDY


At their greatest, Lucy radiate heat. Buddy is a delightfully earnest ode to friendship, constructing towards startling crescendos and intense emotional payoffs. It’s all framed by a stomping pre-chorus that brings their band sound to the stadium. (full evaluate)


7. ONF – MY GENESIS (ÜBERMENSCH)


Solely producer Hwang Hyun would select to counter electrifying dance guitar with mushy, jazzy verses. The distinction is placing, to say the least. It’s a marvel My Genesis doesn’t collapse underneath its personal weight, however the streamlined hooks energy this traditional to a blistering finale with out ever feeling overdone. (full evaluate)


6. WOODZ – CHASER


As a lot as he likes to flit between genres, Woodz is at his most potent when he opts for straight-ahead rock. Chaser is a chugging anthem fueled by anxious vitality and a bravura efficiency that drives emotion house at each flip. Buttressed by beautiful harmonies, the observe is directly lush and prickly. (full evaluate)


5. THE BOYZ – PRISM


In a usually underwhelming 12 months for The Boyz’ music, they quietly launched utter magic with the dynamic Prism. Blistering guitar pairs with a percolating membership beat that by no means lets up. The blokes supply an understated efficiency dripping with fashionable aptitude. In an alternate world, this is able to have been their biggest single ever. (full evaluate)


4. GOLDEN CHILD – FANFARE


That is the slick dance-pop model I would like Golden Youngster to embrace for future title tracks! Fanfare is a complete Ok-pop feast, delivering highly effective vocals, killer beats and a breezy, euphoric hook. The blokes have a ball with the fabric, squeezing each ounce of drama from the melodies. Trumpeting synth brass and disco strings are more than pleased to affix the social gathering. (full evaluate)


3. ATEEZ – TAKE ME HOME


I’ve spent the higher a part of the 12 months airing my grievances over KQ’s alternative to not promote Take Me Residence as a title observe. Not solely is the tune utter perfection, but it surely’s on pattern and begging for compelling choreo. Take Me Residence echoes one of the best of ATEEZ’s work, climbing to peaks that overwhelm with the breadth and power of their melody. Cap it off with a knockout sax solo and also you’ve landed in pop nirvana. (full evaluate)


2. DRIPPIN – REACH OUT YOUR HANDS


Attain Out Your Palms encompasses virtually every thing I really like about Ok-pop in a single tight, three-and-a-half minute package deal. It’s received an inexhaustible groove filled with pure twists and turns. It builds to an prolonged, euphoric refrain that locations melody entrance and middle. And, it’s delivered by a bunch who sound like they’re having real enjoyable, chewing on every phrase with the glee of a pure performer. It’s the right spring single that by no means was. (full evaluate)


1. SHINEE – I REALLY WANT YOU


Generally all it takes is a ten second preview. Even earlier than the discharge of SHINee’s 2021 album, I used to be 100% bought on I Actually Need You. The primary trace of its hook felt immediately partaking, and the complete tune didn’t disappoint. As a lot as I’m going on about melody, I’m a complete sucker for this model of so-stuffed-it’s-bursting rhythm. Each second of this syncopated groove hits fiercely, echoing legends like Michael, Janet and Prince however remaining distinctly SHINee all over. It’s a feel-good tonic — a promise saved from Ok-pop’s kings of funk. (full evaluate)

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