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Happy [Belated] Birthday Tablo!

I gathered that July 22nd was Tablo’s birthday, which I unfortunately missed since I just joined college.

So this post is dedicated to Tablo – rapper/rhymer extraordinaire and member of hip hop legends Epik High!

I know the chances of Tablo himself reading this post are extremely slim (if not zero) but I just want to put it out there for the record that I love Epik High and listen to their music all the time, every day and for hours together… sometime I feel that it’s their music – with its profound lyrics and amazing melodies and beats, that gets me through the day – and that’s no understatement…

So happy [belated] birthday Tablo! and may Epik High go on forever!

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It’s Out! MV for Epik High – Breakdown

The MV for Breakdown is out… and well, it’s different.

I wouldn’t recommend the faint of heart to watch it. The members get beaten to a pulp, not a pretty sight.

The three members are rebels(?), if I understand correctly, and some guys in suits watch them get tortured (while maliciously enjoying it, I may add). In the final scene, they are placed in chairs, ready for execution I presume – but, well I won’t spoil it for you…

Again, Tukutz spitting blood, Tablo’s head getting dumped in the toliet – not nice things to watch…

Please take me seriously – NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED. Some of the scenes can be disturbing.

Again, props to Epik High, only they can produce something as different as this. And don’t get me wrong it’s not just pointless violence – in fact the violence can only be seen to be a montage of the emotion in the song…

So much angst…

Watch it here:

Oh, and they’re wearing the same red-and-black suits which they wore to the Dream concert…

DJ Tukutz looking cool at the turntable…!

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Epik High – Breakdown (Repackage)

NAME : Breakdown (Pieces Part One Repackage)

ARTIST : Epik High

RELEASE DATE : 11th June, 2008

GENRE : Hip-Hop/Fusion

LANGUAGE : Korean

Wow! There was absolutely no sign of this coming…

So, basically it consists of the entire Pieces Part One album, along with a remix of Love Love Love, an upbeat hip-hop/electronica fusion-of-sorts track, which gained much popularity as part of their fourth album – Remapping the Human Soul.

TRACK LIST:

01 Breakdown
02 Love Love Love (Astronica Remix) NEW!

03 Be
04 서울, 1:13 AM (Short Piece)(Seoul, 1:13 AM)
05 One (Feat. JiSun)
06 연필깎이 (feat. Kebee)(Pencil Sharpener)
07 Girl (Feat. JinBo)
08 Slave (Short Piece)
09 The Future (Feat. Yankie)
10 20 Fingers (Short Piece) (Feat. DJ Friz)
11 Ignition (Feat. Na Yoon Kwon)
12 Eight By Eight (Feat. Dynamic Duo, Dok2, Double K, TBNY)
13 Decalcomanie
14 Icarus Walks (Short Piece)
15 낙화 (落花) (Fallen Blossoms)
16 우산 (feat. 윤하) (Younha) (Umbrella)
17 당신의 조각들 (feat. 지선) (Jisun) (Your Pieces)
18 B-side 01 : Breakdown (Supreme Mix)
19 B-side 02 : One (Planet Shiver Remix)

So really, there is only one new song – the Astronica *cool name* Remix of the Epik High hit ‘Love Love Love’ – which means only one song for me to rate. Anyway, the remix adds stronger beats to the song, giving it a techno-ish feel. This makes it right at home in Pieces, Part One, given that the general feel of the album is as such… I would give it a 9/10.

And, the cover – random, just like Pieces Part One…

Watch the MV for Love Love Love (Original) here:

With English subtitles. By the way, the song features YoongJin of Casker, an indie electronica group (whose music I highly recommend). The MV posted above has English subtitles.

Lyrics:

밤 12시 술 취해 지친 목소리
새벽 2시 차갑게 꺼진 전화기
아무도 내 맘을 모르죠
I can’t stop Love Love Love
아파도 계속 반복하죠
I can’t stop Love Love Love
있나요 사랑해본 적
영화처럼 첫 눈에 반해본 적
전화기를 붙들고 밤새본 적
세상에 자랑해본 적
쏟아지는 비속에서
기다려본 적
그를 향해 미친듯이
달려본 적
몰래 지켜본적 미쳐본적
다 보면서도 못본 척
있겠죠 사랑해본 적
기념일 때문에 가난해본 적
잘하고도 미안해 말해본 적
연애편지로 날 새본 적
가족과의 약속을 미뤄본 적
아프지말라 신께 빌어본 적
친굴 피해본 적 잃어본 적
가는 뒷모습 지켜본 적
can’t stop love
미친듯 사랑했는데 왜
정말 난 잘해줬는데 왜
모든걸 다 줬었는데
you got me going crazy
can’t stop love
죽도록 사랑했는데 왜
내 몸과 맘을 다 줬는데
모든걸 잃어버렸는데 어떡해
아무도 내 맘을 모르죠
I can’t stop

Love Love Love
아파도 계속 반복하죠
I can’t stop Love Love Love
있나요 이별해본 적
빗물에 화장을 지워내본 적
긴 생머리 잘라내본 적
끊은 담배를 쥐어본 적
혹시라도 마주칠까
자릴 피해본 적
보내지도 못할 편지 적어본 적
술에 만취되서 전화 걸어본 적
여보세요 입이 얼어본 적
있겠죠 이별해본 적
사랑했던 만큼 미워해본 적
읽지도 못한 편지 찢어본 적
잊지도 못할
전화번호 지워본 적
기념일을 혼자 챙겨본 적
사진들을 다 불태워본 적
이 세상에 모든 이별 노래가
당신의 얘길꺼라 생각해본 적
can’t stop love
미친듯 사랑했는데 왜
정말 난 잘해줬는데 왜
모든걸 다 줬었는데
you got me going crazy
can’t stop love
죽도록 사랑했는데 왜
내 몸과 맘을 다 줬는데
모든걸 잃어버렸는데 어떡해
아무도 내 맘을 모르죠
I can’t stop Love Love Love
아파도 계속 반복하죠
I can’t stop Love Love Love

바보처럼 울고 또 술에 취하고
친구를 붙잡고 그 사람을 욕하고
시간이 지나고 또 술에 취하고
전화기를 붙잡고 say love
아무도 내 맘을 모르죠
I can’t stop Love Love Love
아파도 계속 반복하죠
I can’t stop Love Love Love
아무도 내 맘을 모르죠
사실은 당신만 모르죠
아파도 계속 반복하죠
이러다 언젠가 다시 마주치죠

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Epik High – Dream Concert 2008 Performance – Breakdown

Epik High at the Dream Concert, 2008

They performed two songs from Pieces Part One – One and Breakdown (the song that they’re going to be promoting next). Unfortunately SBS aired just Breakdown (really wanted to catch their performance of One). Anyway, it was a power-packed performance as usual… Epik High always manages to inject so much energy into the crowd!

Worth watching… wish I was there!

Anyway, you can watch it here:

Oh, and the song they’re promoting next is Breakdown, which means a MV will soon be released for it. Hope it will be good!

So much angst in Breakdown…

I don’t wanna think like you, and
I don’t wanna stink like you, and
I wanna be me, so break it down

Hope the video is awesome…!

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Weekly Feature – Tying up Loose Ends – Korean Music – I

First week of June – a lot of interesting developments took place this week, eg. news about Alex’s, Lee Jung’s and Sung Si Kyung’s album releases, not to mention some new finds on my part, and of course the Dream concert.

For the uninitiated, the Dream concert is an annual Korean event when the industry (or at least half of it – the famous ones) gather in honour of the cause against music piracy. This year’s event saw stars like Epik High, SS501, Super Junior, MC Mong, DBSK, Maya, Jewelry, Typhoon, AST’ 1, SHINee, Peter, SNSD, Buga Kingz , Wonder Girls, Mighty Mouth and Choo Seung Hoon. That makes it the largest annual live concert in Korea. I couldn’t catch it, as always, though I had a good time reading about it on Popseoul (the comments are the most interesting bit – where else do you get to see motley fans of motley idol groups trade words like fire tipped arrows in a Battle Royale). Anyway, click here to read Popseoul’s coverage (And while you’re there, do have a look at the ridiculous picture of Seo In-Young posted there, it’s hilarious! (Not meaning to offend any Jewelry fans))

Anyway, the above picture is of Epik High arriving at the Dream Concert, 2008.

I came across a LOT of new music – some great and for some, terrible would be an understatement. And to imagine the irony, when I was looking through the music I had accumulated through the week, I found some very well known artists having the worst songs, and some – virtually unknown, yet having the best music there was (I know that had a LOT of grammatical errors, but I hope you understood the point I’m inarticulately trying get get across…). TGUS, Trans Fixion, Soulzean, MK, Orifeel…ing, Nell (for releasing 1분만 닥쳐줄래요!) pleasantly surprised me. And the only one I knew well was Nell, I had a faint idea about Orifeel…ing and TGUS, but besides that, I hadn’t even heard of these wonderful artists. I also mildly enjoyed F.T Island’s Japanese debut album, and Big Bang’s With U Mini Album.

On the other hand, the downers for me this week were SuJu-H’s Cooking? Cooking! (Not that I was expecting much, but I just wanted to be pleasantly surprised, despite the skepticism)… just too happy (with an exclamation mark for added emphasis) for me, it was too upbeat/candy-coated/sugary/saccharine, unfortunately. The Wonder Girls’ So hot single was not great either, though I must admit the title song is catchy (if a little narcissistic). So except the title song, I wouldn’t really recommend any other song on the single. However, at this point I must mention that the rap version (MV version) of Tell Me sounds like a big improvement over the original, in fact my favourite part of Tell Me is YooBin’s rap. Don’t really like the abundance of leopard print though…

My picks this week (NOT in any particular order):

1. Epik High – One (Band Ver.)

2. Nell – 멀어지다

3. T (Yoon MiRae) – Baby Bye Bye (From Rhapsody Part Two Digital Single with Drunken Tiger)

4. Trans Fixion – Radio (Feat. Xeno) (still don’t know where to get the rest of this, but I’m looking)

5. Soulzean -이번 한번만 (feat. Riaa)

6. MK – 사랑이라서 (feat.Roserael)

7. TGUS – I Believe In

8. F.T Island – Soyogi

9. Orifeel…ing – 슬픈 영혼 (By Kai, 장치열, 나리)

10. Orifeel…ing – 너무 늦어서 (By MK, 김미란)

I’m so gonna buy Orifeel…ing’s album, but I’d be damned if I find it on Yesasia… Actually I can’t find it anywhere…

Anyway, have a great week ahead, everyone!

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Epik High – One (Live/Band Ver.) – Madame B Salon

Epik High recently performed their hit song ‘One’ (from Pieces, Part One) on Madame B Salon (Ep. 9). The single released later included previously released tracks from Epik High and the Buga Kingz, performed live.

Here is the track list:

1. One (Band Ver.) – Epik High
2. Girl – Epik High
3. Break down – Epik High
4. 싸이렌 (Siren) – Buga Kingz
5. Tic Tac Toe – Buga Kingz

The live version of One is highly recommended. Only one minus though : since the songs are recorded live, there is an almost-continuous background score of screaming fans. I just wish Epik High would re-record and release the band version of ‘One’. Also, you can hear DJ Tukutz rapping here, which sounds pretty much OK… a bit awkward though. That’s fine, considering he’s not a rapper anyway, and that I seem to be comparing him to Tablo and Mithra all the time, which is really not fair on my part.

Here’s a 1:30 min preview of the tracks (I couldn’t find the live performance of One, I will post it here when I do. Right now all I see when I search for Madame B Salon on youtube is SNSD…) This is NOT a performance, only a preview of the tracks (only audio, no video)

I hope to see the Band version of One in Pieces, Part two :D…

Edit: I will upload the Band Ver. of One in the Box. Done! You can preview the song in the green box.

I also liked the live version of Girl (also from Pieces, Part One). Look out for it in the single!

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Epik High – Pieces Part One

Something I’ve been waiting for a long time…

For the uninitiated, Epik High is a three member Korean hip-hop group. Highly recommended!

First off, considering Epik High’s smashing volume 4 (Remapping The Human Soul) (which earned them two of the year’s most prestigious awards: Best Album of the Year at the Mnet KM Music Festival and Best Hip-Hop Group at the Korean Music Awards), expectations (including mine) were on a high for the fifth album. But I’m happy to say that it not only manages to exceeds all expectations, but with a style and panache that is truly Epik High-esque!

The title track ( Track no.4 ‘One (Feat. JiSun)’ ) breaks away from raw hip hop and gives off an electronica vibe. It features Jisun (Ex-vocal of Loveholic) whose dreamy voice adds mystique to the piece. The trademark Epik High repetitive beat add spunk to the track, and the lyrics add a deeper meaning to the song, for example (translated) :

The wounds become a sickness, All doors become a wall
I’ve become an enemy in the mirror, doesn’t it hurt?….

and
Are your still dreaming, sleeping? Are you measuring all the tears you’ve shed?
Hope is a paper boat that sinks, isn’t it sad?

TRACKS TO WATCH OUT FOR :

One (Track.4), 연필깎이 (Track.5), Ignition (Track.10) and 우산 (Track.15) in which Younha’s vocals really stand out.

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR :

  • The collaborations with various artists – Jisun, Younha and Na Yoon Kwon in particular, as well as other artistes like Kebee, Jinbo, DJ Friz, Dynamic Duo, Dok2, Double K, TBNY. Though a collaboration with Clazziquai would have sounded intense, since the album does have an electronic feel to it, but that’s just my opinion.
  • Trademark strong repetitive beats with powerful rapping backed up by thought-provoking lyrics that showcase the intellectual aspect of Epik High.
  • Watch out as Epik High breaks away from traditional hip-hop by experimenting with fusion electronic, lounge and other genres creating a new fusion genre, totally fresh but totaly Epik High-esque at the same time.
  • The short pieces before some of the tracks which serve as interludes, smoothly flowing into the main tracks.

VERDICT : I would give it a 9.5/10 overall (I just can’t bear to give any album 10/10 no matter how much I like it, because there can always be room for improvement). This is a great album, must-buy for everyone who want to try out something new, and of course for the usual Epik High fans.

COVER :

TRACK LIST :

01. Be
02. Breakdown
03. 서울, 1:13 AM (Short Piece)(Seoul, 1:13 AM)
04. One (feat. 지선) (Jisun) (Title)
05. 연필깎이 (feat. Kebee)(Pencil Sharpener)
06. Girl (feat. Jinbo)
07. Slave (Short Piece)
08. The Future (feat. Yankie)
09. 20 Fingers (Short Piece)
10. Ignition (feat. 나윤권) (Na Yoon Kwon)
11. Eight By Eight (feat. Double K, Dok2, TBNY, Dynamic Duo)
12. Decalcomanie
13. Icarus Walks (Short Piece)
14. 낙화 (落花) (Fallen Blossoms)
15. 우산 (feat. 윤하) (Younha) (Umbrella)
16. 당신의 조각들 (feat. 지선) (Jisun) (Your Pieces)
17. B-side 01: Breakdown (Supreme Mix)
18. B-side 02: One (Planet Shiver Remix)

View the MV for the title track here:

Actress Jung Ryu Won of Kim Sam Soon fame stars, along with the three members of Epik High in this artistic (albeit extremely dramatic) video for the title track ‘One’ featuring JiSun. I recently came across the fact that One (pronounced as ‘Won’) refers to the Korean word for ‘Rebirth’, which is basically the vein of meaning that the song runs on – rebirth and resurrection.

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