Poor Stray Kids keep getting dragged way after their song has left. Lee Know deserves better
My god, why is it so hot these days?
Oh, it's officially summer season here in the Philippines!
So where should we go?
A flight to the beach!
FIRST CLASS: (10) @eatyourself, @ultraviolet, @tj-x, @RUNAWAY, @Cotton Park, @Conan, @Ana Raquel, @Glitterizer, @He, @Hurricane Drunk, @Wills, @leedlelee..., @roblognick (9.75) @TéléDex (9.5) @vague, @Serg., @Oleander (9.25) @Pretty Places (9) @Trinu 3.0, @Attis, @Sprockrooster, @evilsin, @soratami, @Monkey0, @R92, @lovechoerrymotion, @Remorque, @Music Is Death, @GeiPanda, @Slice of Life
ECONOMY CLASS: (3) @KimLippington (4) @bbynewyear (5) @boombazookajoe, @Shockbox, @PopZeitgeist, @clowezra, @BEST FICTION
SHAMAN CLASS: 9
10 voters: 55
20 voters: 43
30 voters: 39
40 voters: 36
50 voters: 41
60 voters: 55
65 voters: 58
We give the experimental girlies a timeout as we go and eliminate something from the Basique Bop contingent tonight. This is Brave Girls' Chi Mat Ba Ram, the lead single of their sixth mini album, Summer Queen. It was written by Brave Brothers and Chakun and composed by Brave Brothers, Chakun and Red Cookie. Chi Mat Ba Ram was the highly anticipated comeback of Brave Girls after scoring top 5 hits with their previous singles, Rollin' and We Ride. And Korea responded by sending Chi Mat Ba Ram to a peak of number 3 on the Gaon Digital Chart. It won three music show trophies and was also awarded as the Song of the Year - June on the Gaon Chart Music Awards. How iconique is that?
I've already extensively about Brave Girls' meteoric and sudden success thanks to Rollin' (and to a lesser extent, We Ride) so I won't bore you with that. But yes, Brave Girls made 2021 their binch huh. Thanks to their newfound fame, the girls who were just about to disband after the release of We Ride found themselves rushing back to their dorms and in Brave Entertainment's recording booth too. They knew they needed to strike while the iron is hot and that's exactly what they did when they released Chi Mat Ba Ram while both Rollin' and We Ride are still occupying spots in the top 10 of MelOn chart. For all my complaints about Brave Entertainment's mismanagement of Brave Girls, they truly did an awesome job capitalizing on Brave Girls' success. They wasted no time and was rewarded with even more success.
Like Rollin', Chi Mat Ba Ram also didn't instantly captivate me. It was a major bop, yes, but it just didn't seem to hold a candle next to the heavyweights like Rollin' and We Ride. And yes, I just couldn't get into the Minyoung-heavy chorus. Why was the good unnie screeching for her life? Girl, take it down a notch, unnie! But a basic heaux like me is weak to basic bops like Chi Mat Ba Ram and in no time, I was yelling the chorus with Minyoung. Brave Brothers' voodoo of making the catchiest songs that have a way of occupying one's brain for months is still very potent, I see. And the production may be stale thanks to it being a year late to the tropical house trend... but just hearing the beginning of it seriously makes my heart grow a tiny bit every time. It's just so... wholesome? It makes me smile like an idiot. It's like a grand celebration of Brave Girls' success after years of struggling. And I can't make it not bop.
Brave Girls has already followed up Chi Mat Ba Ram with two more singles, 2021's After We Ride (although it wasn't promoted) and the recently released Thank You. And while they couldn't duplicate the success of Chi Mat Ba Ram, it's still so nice to see them not flop anymore. Like, I know a lot of idols will kill for the unpromoted After We Ride's peak of number 51. And with their upcoming stint on Queendom Season 2, Brave Girls just might have a few more tricks up their sleeves. Who knows, maybe they'll be able to actually release the follow-up to Rollin'. I will remain perched for that. Make us all proud, Brave Girlies!
Crisp X is taken back to 2012... but she's not happy: "I love a good 2012 K-Pop throwback but this sounds generic to my ears and makes me want to stream Up by Rania instead." 2012 gets another beating, this time from Vixen: "The way this feels right out of 2012 at best dddd. Well I guess it's appropriate in a way…" Stream Brave Girls' 2012 single, Nowadays You! And bbynewyear takes us even further to 2011: "Unfortunately this feels like a paint by numbers summer song to me. Probably something I'd hear at Wireless Festival in 2011? Not bad but very skippable." Stream Brave Girls' 2011 singles, Do You Know and Easily!
boombazookajoe also clocks Chi Mat Ba Ram's dated production: "That god awful midi sax at the start just kind of sets the whole thing up in all it's generic and dated production glory. The girls have fun in the video though. Stockholm Syndrome is kind of asking me to raise my score on more listens because it is stupidly catchy but I am choosing to remain strong." clowezra demands more character: "Don’t get it girls, sorry. It’s fun but completely faceless." aux calls out the chorus' lack of chill: "Okay, I really like this but I had to take down some scores because I had forgotten how much they are screaming during the chorus. Girl, we get it!!!" Lowest scorer KimLippington directly addresses Minyoung unnie: "Happy for their success but Minyoung is just yelling her way through that chorus and the production behind it is limp."
Chi Mat Ba Ram was a grower for ry123: "At first I couldn’t stand it because it was so brash and loud throughout the whole thing, but after watching them perform it (especially at the year end shows) I love it! Just on a slightly lower volume than normal." Wills, who I thought was a Brave Brothers anti, celebrates the arrival of another Brave Brothers production!: "Rollin: The Re-Up doesn’t quite recapture the original’s magic, but in a decade that’s so far been starved for vintage Brave bangers, this speaks directly to my soul. A wonderful victory lap!" Growth, bestie! savilizabeths basks in the happiness brought by Chi Mat Ba Ram: "They just seem so goddamn happy to be here and that joy is infectious. This song feels like a celebration. They earned this moment! It’s no Rollin’, but it’s still triumphant."
roblognick stans: "My summer queens!" Salami is feeling the summer heat as well: "Great summery song. The “rolling in the deep” line is cute. Good for them!" Attis defends Minyoung's vocals: "Surprisingly still feels fun and summery to this day, extra points for Minyoung vocals." Pretty Places is just happy for Chi Mat Ba Ram's existence: "The chorus is a bit weak but rest is great and this comeback's existence is a miracle in itself. It's a triumph." And Sprockrooster has an interesting take: "If Inna was Korean this would be her signature sound I guess." Let's ask the audience!
RUNAWAY still can't believe the fairytale that is Brave Girls' resurgence: "I've literally never seen such a turnaround for a group in my lifetime. This song was such a rush for the summer after Rollin and We Ride's resurrections, and I haven't stopped playing this since it came out." And finally, here's Cotton Park whose wishes came true: "When South Korea had a collective epiphany over 'Rollin' I was hoping against hope that their post-belated-success single would match their previous excellence and it did. Especially the chorus." YATHHHH!
One of Chi Mat Ba Ram's many charms is that it houses one of the most clunkiest English-versions of K-pop songs too
Blue wind is breezing, and touching my tits.
Why do I get butterflies in. stom-mach.?
This recurring accusation somehow being more confusing AND offensive than all those times you said I was a Mamamoo stan........ can you please stop ignoring that list of couples therapists I sent you months ago?Wills, who I thought was a Brave Brothers anti, celebrates the arrival of another Brave Brothers production!
The way you didn’t even mention the Super Junior stan accusation………… because it’s true! Thank you for giving me more ammunition!!!!This recurring accusation somehow being more confusing AND offensive than all those times you said I was a Mamamoo stan........ can you please stop ignoring that list of couples therapists I sent you months ago?
A controversial take
Odd Eye has to go
Why the heck are you mentioning Dreamcatcher but not Odd Eye? That one is the stain on their discography - the other two are top 30 (which by the way the rate is going, Odd Eye will be the one getting top 30 instead)
I’m glad somebody is saying it-there’s been moments of greatness since (and this is still growing on me!) but BOCA almost felt like the swan song to the god tier material they had been releasing before compared to their recent output, and is easily my favourite by them at this stage. Hoping the new album steps their game up.Let's keep it real, Dreamcatcher have been releasing less-than-stellar singles since Boca. Like, oh my god, the absolute stagnation in sound and concept has been far too much and as a former fan, it's so, so sad to witness.
Oh no bestie, I hate BOCAI’m glad somebody is saying it-there’s been moments of greatness since (and this is still growing on me!) but BOCA almost felt like the swan song to the god tier material they had been releasing before compared to their recent output, and is easily my favourite by them at this stage. Hoping the new album steps their game up.