[Review] Retro Future – Triple H

Triple H, consisting of Hyuna, Hui and E’Dawn, have finally returned after 1 year and 3 months! Their latest sexy comeback track is titled as Retro Future and is featured on the trio’s second mini-album, REtro Futurism. They previously made their debut last year in May with 365 Fresh. In other news related to the members, Hyuna has confirmed that she will be making a comeback right after these promotions are wrapped up, while Pentagon (where you find Hui and E’Dawn) has been enjoying a lot of popularity over their latest song, Shine.

It is no surprise that Retro Future takes on a retro sound. The fact that they went with ‘retro-futurism’ as the basis of the song makes it very unique and individualistic. The song is definitely quite catchy and enjoyable, with its simple yet very impactful repetitional hook of the title. I just can’t get it out of my head. I loved the opening lines of the song, which definitely sets the tone for the rest of the song. I really liked E’Dawn’s rap in the second verses and Hui’s vocals throughout the song. But my most favourite part is Hyuna’s vocal line halfway through E’Dawn’s second verse rap. It leaves me shaking every single time I listen to it. The only section which I am thinking is a little ambigious is the ‘let’s be funky’ at the very end, which does sound like the members are cursing. But other than that, it is one amazing song.

The song seems like a continuation of 365 Fresh. Likewise, the music video seems to be the three members having a little fun after the evens of the 365 Fresh video (ignoring the fact that they fall off a building). The plotline is rather simple. The lady has contacted the trio to help ‘spice up’ her relationship with her partner and they come running. And by the end of thr video, they complete the mission in which they set up for. There is a werid side to the video about half way through, when Hui is filmed wiping his butt after going to the toilet. It all makes for an interesting video and it works with the vibes set up by the earlier video.

The performance looks amazing. A little disappointed that they slowed down the choreography for the chorus, as the verses/ending was very intense and I really liked that feel from it. It is definitely a more exciting performance that 365 Fresh, which definitely makes want to go back for more.

Song – 9.5/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9.3/10

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[Review] 365 Fresh – Triple H

Cube Entertainment unveiled a new subunit comprising of its artists recently, with the group being named as Triple H. The group consist of former 4Minute member Hyuna and Pentagon members Hui and E-Dawn (whose real name is Kim Hyo Jong). 365 Fresh is the title track off the subunit’s first mini album, which is titled as 199X. This is the second subunit formed between labelmates at Cube Entertainment, the other being Trouble Maker, comprising of Hyuna and Hyunseung.

365 Fresh is a really cool song. From the start, its upbeat and fresh sound really does stand out. The song delves into the Funk genre. It actually reminds me of songs that Bruno Mars put out, such as Uptown Funk. And like Uptown Funk, it makes me want to get up just dance to it. The catchy “365 So Fresh” that they repeat throughout the song does the job really well and make the song quite memorable. The vocals and the raps are both superb aspects in this song. I would love to hear a little more from Hyuna in the song. She was there but compared to the guys, her part didn’t shine as much. As for the guys, they did a pretty good job with their raps and vocal work. Together, all 3 members came together and showed a dynamic sound that could potentially rival the dynamics that were brought out to play when Trouble Maker released their songs.

Once again, Cube has put out a music video that was slapped with another 19+ rating. And given the scenes in the video, I am quite sure that the Korean netizens are criticising the video left, right and centre. Onto the plot. Hyuna is a hairdresser, but in the video, she is inappropriately touched by the customer. She protects herself from the customer and ends up killing him. Hui seems to be on the run from a gang. E-Dawn attempts to suicide a few times in the video, but (not too sure here) changes his minds. All three somehow meet on the road and end up escaping their currently lives. Hui actually stole a car and coincidently there is bucket loads of money in the boot of the car, so the three of them live new lives in style. There seemed to be a little bit of tension as Hyuna and E-Dawn seem to fall in love, while Hui third-wheels. In the end, after too much partying, they end up jumping off a building, most likely leading to their deaths. I like the video for its storyline and appeal. That being said, I do not condone violence, drug use, suicide or other themes that appeared in the video.

[UPDATED] While it may not be the usual sexy style that we expect and see from Hyuna, the choreography for 365 Fresh is extremely flirty and works well with the song. Even between the trio, there is some sort of chemistry that can’t really be described, but should rather be witnessed. The guys have big shoes to fill, especially given the portfolio of Hyuna and her choreographies, but the guys fit in wonderful, with the funky dance routine.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 9/10 [UPDATED]
Overall Rating – 9/10 [UPDATED]