[Review] Tu eres – NEWKIDD

Making their debut in the past week is NEWKIDD. They may actually be a familiar name with two subunits of the group making their debut in the past, along with NEWKIDD member Ji Hansol making into UNB through the survival reboot show, The UNI+. So, the group has some experience on the stage already. But here is a quick recap before we dive into Tu eres. The group is a seven-member male group (consisting of Jinkwon, Ji Hansol, Choi Jiann, Yunmin, Woochul, Kang Seungchan, and Hwi) currently under J-Flo Entertainment.

To me, Tu eres is a standard house dance track. There really isn’t anything that flashy about the instrumental to really set it apart from the competition. The start was promising, especially with the keyboard or piano. But once the beat became comfortable, I wasn’t really that blown away. What did manage to really reel me into the song were the vocals and the raps. The vocals were quite crisp, clear and showcased proudly over the instrumental.  The raps gave the song a dynamic feel and a sense of boldness that I didn’t really register with the rest of the song. Together, I think they did a lot in place of the instrumental which, once again, featured more standard elements than anything else. The song didn’t seem catchy, which is disappointing as you want a debut track to be memorable. But then again, many groups have come back from non-memorable debut tracks in the past, so there is always room to improve, especially when they did demonstrate potential.

The camera quality for this debut music video is on point! I think this already has me biased. The content doesn’t seem to have much, with the video focusing mainly on choreography and close up shots. The video is set in a foreign outdoor marketplace, similar to the concept that the (G)I-DLE’s LATATA and Hann music video. The video was also situated in this classy black backdrop scenery, with the now normalised water dance shot. Together, they may seem like ideas done before but I think it was a nice video regardless of that.

The choreography shares the same fate as the music video. Nothing new but it was still enjoyable to watch. I did like the energy they put into their moves. Apart from that, I don’t have much else to comment on.

Song – 6.5/10
Music Video – 7.5/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 6.9/10

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[Review] Shooting Star – NEWKIDD02

It is time to cover some KPOP groups who recently made a start to their careers. NEWKIDD has yet to officially debut, however, they did release a new pre-debut single as a subunit (NEWKIDD02) titled as Shooting Star. This occurred back on 25th of July (and I have been bumping it around since its release). The subunit features Jinkwon, Ji Hansol (who is also currently promoting as part of UNB), Choi Jiann, Yunmin, Hwi and Woochul. NEWKIDD also has another subunit, Lemme Spoil U, who released Will You Be Ma at the end of last year.

Shooting Star is quite a funky and groovy song to listen to. It has the instrumentation to be an addictive song in my opinion.  But it is mediocre, at best. It just doesn’t deliver, which is a huge disappointment in my mind. The song could have more momentum or drive, which would have made it more appealing. The group does have good vocals however I don’t think that is much help here, especially since their hook is quite weak. The song also could have used a more defined rap section, which would have added that energy/momentum. Despite all of my criticism, the song isn’t too bad once you hear it on a playlist. It isn’t terrible in any way, I just think it needs a little more to be able to stand out from the crowd.

It has been a while since I have seen an all blonde male group. I think the last time that occurred was B.A.P’s debut back in 2012. The music video benefits from good post-production, which I think made the video much more enjoyable. And that is the best thing I can say in regards to it. It does fall towards the boring side of the spectrum, which doesn’t make me want to rewatch it again.

The choreography was quite cool. I liked the skipping part and the arrow shooting towards the end of the music video. While the song and the music video hasn’t got rave reviews from me, I am glad the choreography shows that there might just be something to put this group on my radar.

Song – 5/10
Music Video – 6.5/10
Performance – 7.5/10
Overall Rating – 6/10