Fresh New Bites brings you the latest organic offerings, with a special feature instalment from Fresh From Seoul, South Korea. Although the Western world knows it for its chemically clean produced K-pop movement, South Korea has a thriving alternative music scene. Here, indie collides with the commercial to create a kaleidoscope of popular music styles with a decidedly contemporary edge.
It’s the reason we raise the purest original stock – lovingly and tenderly nurtured from the womb to the plate, and it’s all for your culinary and auditory enjoyment. Welcome to your one-stop shop for the tastiest new tracks that will ensure you are the envy of all your music snob friends.
5. Keith Ape – 잊지마 (It G Ma) ft. JayAllDay, Loota, Okasian & Kohh
Korean gangster rap with features from Japanese rappers Loota and Kohh. Super cool film clip ensues.
4. 김반장 – Drum
Funk-infused disco with soulful licks of tightly arranged brass sections – you don’t need to understand the lyrics to get down to this one.
3. Xin Seha (신세하) – 내일이 매일
Funk-infused pop with fantastic style and sassy backup dancers to boot. Too many great pairs of sunglasses.
2. 유카리 – Marginal Man
A little different from the other tracks. Accessible dream pop written, performed and produced by Korean indie artist Yukari. But don’t immediately slot this into the category of cute, fragile Korean pop – although not necessarily pushing genre boundaries, she executes a high level of orchestration and arrangement in her work through layers of loops.
1. Graye (그레이) X Yeon (연) – Empty Space ft. Kim Oki (김오키)
By far my favourite of this week’s tracks. Korean emerging artist Graye from indie label Young, Gifted & Wack (영기획) blurs boundaries with this dark, glitchy ambient track. Blending free form jazz with experimental electronica results in an engrossing combination. Check out the super cool video for ‘Empty Space’ in conjunction with the Seoul Museum of Art as well, integrating Graye’s music into the medium of abstract dance.