The Ruby Reel (K-Music Recs) :: Record #3

Written By: Lauren

Ready for another round of great music? So am I! I’m Ren, and I’m here with six great tracks released this month. I hope you give these tracks a listen, because they all deserve some love!

Many of my favorite groups had a new album this month, including BTS and AOA. There were also several solo releases, such as Woohyun‘s long-anticipated individual album, Write.., and Crush‘s Interlude.

Like usual, this has no specific order. They’re all great!


Track # 1: “Nodding/Still I Remember (끄떡끄떡)” by WOOHYUN (INFINITE)

Album: Write..

Duration: 4:18

Commentary: If you’re a fan of Woohyun and of ballads, this is the song for you. “Nodding” is an emotion-packed track with a good dynamic of highs and lows. Woohyun’s voice enriches the impact of the song, while inviting you deeper into the lyrics. Even though I don’t listen much to ballads, “Nodding” was memorable and catchy, and suited perfectly for Woohyun’s husky, strong vocals. The cinematography of the music video is spectacular and provides more emotional connectivity to the song. Check it out!

Music Video:

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Track # 2: “9 to 5” by CRUSH

Album: Interlude

Duration: 3:43

Commentary: I loved this song. I’m a huge fan of Crush’s music, so it was no surprise that I fell in love with this song on first listen. Not only was the cinematography of the music video amazing (shout out to Tiger Cave for putting out awesome videos!), but the collaboration between Crush and Dynamic Duo’s Gaeko is to die for. Two of some of my favorite artists in one song? Too good to be true! “9 to 5” is addicting, tantalizing, and easy to follow along with. Plus, Crush sings a few English segments here and there! For me, the highlight of the song is the segment that begins with “more fame, more money,” along with Gaeko’s rap.

Music Video:

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Track # 3: “I Need U (Urban Remix)” by BTS

Album: 화양연화 Epilogue: Young Forever

Duration: 3:35

Commentary: The urban remix of “I Need U” is fantastic. I didn’t like the Alternative Mix, but fell in love with the Urban Remix on first listen. Everything is just perfect about this version of the track! The vocals shine more here than the original, and I especially appreciate the beginning instrumentals and how they emphasize the “Fall, Fall, Fall” in the opening. The music fades at just the right moments, giving the track a more profound effect.

Music Video (The Original Version):

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Track # 4: “Fire (불타오르네)” by BTS

Album: 화양연화 Epilogue: Young Forever

Duration: 3:23

Commentary: “Fire” is one of the three brand new tracks in BTS’s special epilogue album, and of course, it doesn’t disappoint. From the get-go, you know this song is going to be invigorating. The beat drops right away and is consistently strong and hard throughout the song, especially the chorus. It’s energizing and fun, and is reminiscent of the energy of some previous BTS tracks, such as “Dope” and “War of Hormones.” Although it’s not my favorite BTS song, it’s great nonetheless.

Music Video:

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Track # 5: “Good Luck” by AOA

Album: Blooming Period

Duration: 3:07

Commentary: I’m a huge fan of AOA and they never fail to disappoint with great concepts and equally great songs. “Good Luck” is catchy, sexy, and fun at the same time, and I adore it! It sounds like both a party song and something you listen to while on a beach-side vacation on a tropical island. The only thing I would change about the song is the intro, where it transitions from member to member. The transitions weren’t as smooth and there were many pauses, but overall, the song is great and I listen to it all the time. (Anybody else Mina-biased? Wish she had more lines.)

Music Video:

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Track # 6: “Woo Ah (우아)” by CRUSH

Album: Interlude

Duration: 3:41

Commentary: This song outshone “9 to 5” by a mile, and “9 to 5” was already great. “Woo Ah” is mesmerizing, smooth, and seductive! I’m a sucker for R&B, so I am absolutely in love with this track. “Woo Ah” is the best track on Interlude, and has many interesting elements that keep you focused on the song. It’s catchy and sweet, and the more you listen to it, the more immersed in the song you get. It’s one of those songs that you just “feel.” Don’t miss out on this amazing song!

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