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BULGOGIDISCO is a rock band composed of (Lee Hyun-song, Kim Dong-hyun, Kim Hyung-kyun, and Heo Jung-wook. Most of their albums are mainly based on disco sounds from the 70s and 80s, and there are also funk and alternative rock.One of the unique aspects of their music is that all the songs were recorded in one take which keeps up the play by tuning in to each other without a metronome. Instead of being tied to a set tempo, each other organically follows each other’s instrument sounds and writes down them, recording all of the breathing itself at the time of the session.
The name of CokeJazz may not sound unfamiliar to the majority of Korean hip-hop fans. He began his musical career as a key member of the crew team ‘Cohort’, and established his fame as a competent producer by working with well-known hip-hop artists including Beenzino, B-Free, Kid Ash, Paloalto, Reddy, and Qim Isle. CokeJazz then enjoyed much success working with multiple K-pop singers such as Daesung from Big Bang, Hyorin from Sistar as well as Zico and Hoody. CokeJazz has shown his exceptional talents in not only producing a wide range of musical genres, but also conveying his own sensitivity to listeners. Following an avalanche of collaboration requests, he released his very first solo mini album [LIMBO], showing his possibility as a singer-songwriter.
Cosmic Boy is a producer who draws attention both in the major and underground music scenes for its popular and unique sound.
He has become well known as a producer through the Giriboy’s “Drinking Party” in 2016, and began his career with the 2018 EP “Can I Cosmic?“. In the beginning, his music was mainly based on hip-hop and R&B, but through its 2019 full-length albums [Can I Love?] and EP [Can I Heat?], he completed his signature tone without dwelling on the specific genre, and his musical imagination has been now being implemented as a richer, stereoscopic soundscape.
numnum is a band formed in 2016 that doesn't care about a certain genre. The name of this band comes from the Gyeongsang-do dialect of different each other(남남). It is also an abbreviation for too much(너무너무).Just like the name of the band, all the members have different histories. Yoon-Jeong Lee (vocalist) is from the punk band Pippi Band, which was the symbol of the end of the century, and the performance group Called EE. Lee Seung-hyuk (guitarist), who has hip-hop roots, is from a band called Lemon and He was a host of Puppy Radio. Lee Jae (bassist), who likes sophisticated rock, is a member of the band Beauty Handsome and is known for her sessions with several musicians, including Emon.Starting with the first single <It's a TRAP!> in 2018, the band has showed music that has gone beyond certain genres. Somewhere, it seems to like Devo and Talking Heads, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers. With hip-hop and electronica added to it, the music style of the band's own was born. Numnum's unique sound has captured the world. After debuting at 'Zandari Festa', Korea's largest showcase, they performed unrivaled at 'DMZ Peace Train Music Festival South Korea' and 'Sled Island Music & Arts Festival Canada' in 2019. In 2020, numnum participated in '2020 Love City Seoul & Tokyo' . Also the band was recognized for its musicality and the prospect of going worldwide by getting the final victory in 'Vans Musician Wanted'
With a few tracks on SoundCloud, R&B Singer-songwriter DAHEE became known among producers and artists and signed with CRAFT AND JUN in 2019.With a soft and comforting vocal with its own language of R&B genre, DAHEE debuted with a Single 'LUH(feat.SOLE)’ on February 14, 2020.
Faver is a singer-songwriter who doesn't limit her musical style to certain genres but tries various music, including pop, electronic, hip-hop, R&B, and alternative rock. She has been active as an independent artist, releasing an EP 'a simple Favor', 'Good nights and Sad times' and a project EP 'if I make you go' that attempted house music.
Flow Blow is a producer duo composed of Zyro (Jung Kuk Yeong) & Hai (Yang Hai). Starting with the song, “Never” of Nation’s Son and Energetic of Wanna One in the boy group survival reality show, Produce 101 Season 2 on Mnet, they made their successful debut as a super rookie composer. As both songs topped the real-time charts on 7 music streaming platforms in Korea, they have solidified their position as a rising rookie composer. Flow Blow has been gaining attention from both domestic and overseas media as a hit producer renowned for their unique and sophisticated music along with a variety of genres from Electronic to Hip-Hop to Ballads that is as good as that of music on the Billboard Chart.
george is an R & B singer-songwriter who has attracted the attention of listeners through the addictive chorus of the single " Boat '' and a music video with a cheerful look. Since then, george has released singles and EPs in collaboration with various artists such as Primary, ADOY, and Kim Hyun-chul. Through this, george showed his own tone and musical competence and gradually imprinted its presence in the public. In the subsequent EP [LEEEE], george was once again recognized by the public and criticized and expected the next album.
Glen Check is a South Korean indie band, consisting of two members; June One Kim, and Hyuk Jun Kang.
Since debut in 2011, Glen Check has become one of the fastest growing indie bands in Korea, appearing at numerous festivals in South Korea, as well as international festivals such as Summer Sonic in Japan, Nuits Sonores in France and SXSW in the United States. The unique musical style of GLENCHECK comes from not only musical ability unhampered by certain genres,
but also visual art ingrained in albums & stage design. Their artistic sense made a great contribution to winning the Best Dance & Electronic Album at the Korean Music Awards(KMA) in 2013 and 2014.
Known as an expert at making rap beat in trap style, Ian Ka$h is a talented producer whose sound is characterized by distinguished rhythm and simplicity in melancholy tune. Ian Ka$h first appeared in the Korean hip hop music scene, with the release of his self-debut singles ‘Pussy Can Wait / Kowtow’, ‘Fresh’ and ‘Better Lie’ in 2015. Receiving love calls from multiple rappers, he worked on Qim Isle’s single, featuring Oh Hyuk and Soul Dive, as well as full-length albums of Justhis and Don Mills. Ian Ka$h recently participated in producing Hyo-Eun Kim’s ‘XXL’, which is specially written for , South Korean rap competition TV show.
Jclef smashed into South Korea’s underground music scene with her debut album [flaw, flaw] in 2018. [flaw, flaw] contains unique vibes of the neo-soul sound with a minimalist approach, which was boosted with an elaborate production. The album has successfully demonstrated Jclef’s capability of candid storytelling through her striking vocal performance.
This full-length album has thus increased her extraordinary presence as a singer and songwriter in the vibrant hip-hop and R&B scene. Jclef has shown the full range of her artistic talents to help create the characterful sounds and socially-engaging lyrics, drawing a line against the domestic hip-hop music that is merely entertaining and easily consumable.
KIM FEEL, who has an appealing “icicle voice,” rose to stardom by participating in the audition program “Superstar K Season 6” aired on Mnet in 2014 and winning runner-up.In June 2015, he released his first EP [Feel Free] as a singer-songwriter, which contained his desire to be able to freely face what he wants, free from all sorts of ties. The second EP [from Feel] brought out his heartfelt story aroused from the deepest heart.After a two-year hiatus, he released the first single "Voice" singing thanks and love to the fans who waited, signaling the start of full-fledged activities in the future.With a strong musical belief, he participates in the songwriting of his own albums, solidifying his position as a singer-songwriter as well as a vocalist.
Leebada is a sing-a-song-writer, who debuted on May 4th, 2015, with her first single album, "You Got Me". She became popular as she adopted PB R&B style on the album. On November 23rd, 2016, she released her first mini-album "HYPE", showing her musical talent in earnest as an R&B artist.In addition, she made a conspicuous figure as a musician by participating as a featuring artist on various songs of popular artists including OWEN, NO:EL, XITSUH, LAYBACKSOUND and OVAN.Her own color in an irreplaceable tone makes the mood of the song revive with its unique husky and dark mid-low-pitched natural voice and the contrasting, mournful and sweet high-pitched voice.Most of the top tracks are written by Leebada, herself. It proves her competence in songwriting skill, not only her singing.Moreover, she has shown her competitive musicality in other genres besides R&B.
LEENALCHI is an alternative pop band consisting of Jang Young-Gyu(a bassist & a music director) Jung Joong-Yeop (a bassist) from Kiha & The Faces, Lee Chul-Hee(a drummer) from Ssing Ssing, characterful, unique-voiced vocalists, Kwon Song-Hee, Shin Yoo-Jin, Ahn Yi-Ho, and Lee Na-Rae.The band is led by Jang Young-Gyu, who is not only a music director of the movies "Tazza," "The Good, The Bad, The Weird", "Train to Busan", and "THE WAILING", but also a bassist from Ssing Ssing.The group was formed in early 2019 and began to go viral quietly by word of mouth which led to their first mainstream solo concert, “Hyundai Card Curated 53”. Since then, they have been actively performing on various stages, including “Seoul Soldout Festival”and “Zandari Festa”.The YouTube video of Naver Onstage, “Tiger is Coming”with the flamboyant gestures of Ambiguous Dance Company showing profound and mysterious sound harmonized by drummers, two bassists, and four pansori vocalists along with spell-like lyrics, attracted the attention of the viewers which led to more than 1.3 Million views.
As Nucksal joined the label Vismajor Company (VMC), he started to draw attention in earnest. His debut album (2016) “The God of Small Things” announced the emergence of a technical new face in Korea’s underground Hip-Hop scene. The album, which captures the observations and feelings of the surrounding trivialities, was well received by listeners for his lyrics elicited empathy, unique flow with well-controlled cadence, and ability to make people absorbing to his performance.At the Korea Hip Hop Awards 2017, he won ‘the Hip Hop Album of the Year’, imprinting his name, Nucksal, on the public. In addition, he appeared on online media such as “Hwang-chi and Nuck-chi with the rapper, Dunmills, achieving a familiar connection with the public.In 2020, He released his 2nd full-length album “1Q87”, has received great acclaim from both critics and listeners demonstrating his musicality as a musician.
ROMderful, a musician from Birmingham, England, is the icon of indie R&B. He began to gain fame by uploading ‘i just want you to know’ on SoundCloud at the end of 2015, fresh music influenced by jazz, game music and Neptunes.Today, the style of ROMderful has become like a detailed genre of indie R&B. The attractive guitar tone, lively production, and the falsetto voice that harmonizes together are reminiscent of video games in the late 1990’s. Many artists sent love calls to his beautiful game-like music style. ROMderful not only has worked with Korean musicians including DEAN, punchnello, and WOOGIE, but has also worked with SIRUP, a famous Japanese R&B artist.
hiko is a new artist who debuted last October with his first EP .As one of the tracks of his EP 'Time Goes By (feat. george)' got nominated for the Best R&B and Soul Song at the 19th Korean Music Awards, he received comments from critics that he is "a K-R&B artist who succeeds Solid and Brown Eyes".With delicate melody lines, voice, and lyrics that go across the MZ generation, hiko will actively continue his music career.
Sojeso was a guitarist of Song Kwang-ho’s personal project band, The Pony, as well as as a member of the electronic music duo, Cumeo Project, and is continuing his DJ career at Cake Shop, the club in Itaewon.In late 2016, Sojeso strongly appealed to listeners for his musical color as a solo producer through his EP album “Tape”.Since then, he has steadily developed his own sound through collaboration with Beautiful Disco(beatmaker),Shin Sand-rae(Illustrator) for the album, “Romance”, Giriboy(Rapper&Producer) for the album, “Hurejasik“, and more.
Meaningful Stone means 'one stone has its own meaning' and she is a musician who seeks and sings about the precarious and brilliant meaning of a life.The music video and a self-composed song uploaded on YouTube in 2015 became famous, and <A-Cham>, <나를 가져>, and more songs with witty lyrics and kitschy videos drew the public's attention. Her album was spotlighted as it ranked 34th on the US 2020 RYM chart.Her EP album <COBALT> released in 2021, reinterpreted 1990's alternative rock into the current generation's youth culture. Different from the previous dreamlike albums, this EP emphasizes a clear and simple message and a garage guitar sound. It was nominated for the Best Modern-rock Song at the Korean Music Awards in 2022.
swimrabbit is a music producer, skilled in making Electronic House tracks characterized by polished and sophisticated sounds. He has collaborated with a variety of hip-hop artists, such as Qim Isle and Kid Milli, collaborations through which swimrabbit has opened up his creative potential by embracing different musical genres.swimrabbit embarked on his official musical career by participating in [Kawaii Compilation Vol.2], a compilation album released in 2017 by Kid from Seoul. He then unveiled the EP [FULL MONTH #2017] through his SoundCloud account, which was followed by the release of his first single [BEYOND] in 2018. This earned him the favorable attention of Kitsune, a French electronic music record label, and consequently swimrabbit received an invitation to participate in the label’s compilation album. For the project, he decided to re-release the track ‘Foolish’, from [BEYOND], which allowed him to be much better known to the public, sparking an interest from the music scene in spite of his relatively young career.
[BEYOND], his first single album, fully demonstrated swimrabbit’s strong rookie potential on the domestic Electro House music scene. With a neatly designed sound, he arranged unpredictable chord progressions to create musical surprises, which are ultimately harmonized with vocal performances. He introduced the use of traditional Korean musical instruments for the track titled ‘Azilangi’, which added an additional level of originality to his pioneering sound.
Zayvo is a Korean producer and singer-songwriter.As he participated in the project album [Red Bull Music Seoul Sori] in the winter of 2018, he began to make a name for himself.In September of the following year, he made an official debut by releasing his first EP [Collection] which contains all of his songs from the past to the present.
The following year, he made a comeback with his new EP [boom ! z.. z..] unpacking his feelings about love.Zayvo, who makes music that is friendly to the public with trendy sounds and honest lyrics, also holds production skills including participating in the production of Winner Kim Jin-woo’s solo song “Call Anytime”.
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