Throwback Thursday: Summer R&B Jams
As we are well into summer, releases from K-Pop are more frequent and often tend to be fast-paced. While we are all huge fans of having a really hype song, there are songs we all need to have in our music libraries that are more chill to wind down from the hot day. This week’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to the summer slow jams!
“Starlight” featuring DEAN - Taeyeon
Starting off this week is Taeyeon’s sweet, smooth song, “Starlight” which features soloist DEAN. This particular song is a cute love song that will make you think of your crush and invoke that butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling. DEAN and Taeyeon’s chemistry through both their vocals and their acting in the music video work well with each other as they have this cute, sweet vibe going for the both of them. The music video itself takes place during the summer in Los Angeles, which fits well into this week’s theme. There is a particular scene in the music video where they both are seen cuddling up together during a chill hangout spot with friends while gazing out to the sunset—it’s such a perfect fit for wanting to kick back and relax. “Starlight” is an easygoing R&B track that will leave you smitten and feeling “soft” as the hip kids are saying these days.
“Palette” featuring G-DRAGON - IU
Fans of IU know that this solo artist is known for her acoustic or magical-esque ballads, but when “Palette” released last year, fans were surely treated to an R&B track that vibes so well that it had to be put on Throwback Thursday. Like the previous song, “Palette” is an easygoing, smooth track that you will find yourself grooving along to. This song is especially fit for reminiscing those lazy summer days of eating some ice cream while letting the air from the fan hit you to help you cool off from the heat. Or it is perfect for those long road trips with friends. The big surprise and gem of the song is the featuring of G-DRAGON, which absolutely complements IU’s vocals and will have you melting at how well these two blend together. It is not the first time that these two artists have collaborated with each other as they have performed together for the variety show Infinite Challenge, but this is the first time where we have an official collaboration that certainly sent fans flying and screaming as we did not think that this pairing would ever happen in our wildest dreams. Listen to IU’s “Palette,” be ready to be enchanted by the magic of the song, and also be ready to add it to your slow jams playlist.
“Wine” featuring Changmo - Suran
Last but certainly not least, to end of this week’s Throwback Thursday is Suran’s “Wine” which is another chill R&B track that you will have stuck in your head if it isn’t already. “Wine” is definitely a song to play during a get together with friends at night to have either a barbeque or dinner. There is a groove that is light enough to dance to or to simply sway to the beat if you’re not that big on dancing. While there is no official music video for the song, fans can appreciate Suran’s unique vocals that will leave them in awe. “Wine” was produced by BTS’s Suga and has earned Suran awards during the MelOn Music Awards and Golden Disk Awards last year. Listen to “Wine” and fall in love with this artist’s sweet vocals. If you have not have listened to Suran, I highly recommend you check her out and listen to the rest of her music!