Over the past decade, K-pop music has experienced a huge boom globally. Out of hundreds of new music groups debuting, only a few are able to make a name for themselves right off the bat. Others, though equally talented, don’t get the same exposure and their amazing music stays under the radar.
In order to shed some light on the matter and bring you some great releases, here are some underrated K-pop acts that deserve more hype.
1. MEGAMAX – “Painted Love”
MEGAMAX is a six-boy group consisting of Iden, Ha.El, Rohan, Kan, Jaehun, and Jini. They debuted on September 8, 2021 with the mini album “Painted Love”. The title track of the same name was released in Korean and English. The soulful voices of the members are quite hypnotizing and make you want to listen to more of their music!
2. Flowers Flowers – “Barcode”
Rookie idols Luce and Grita debuted as girl duo lilli lilli on November 11, 2021. Their first release is a digital single titled “Barcode” and shows off the girls’ edgy style in abundance. The couple also released two OSTs, both titled “You Are My Destiny” for the dramas “Jinxed At First” and “River Where the Moon Rises.” Both ladies have great potential and show great promise as idols.
3. DIOS – “Touch me”
Billed as a pre-debut quartet, DIOS released their debut single titled “Touch Me” on August 21, 2021. The members are Woojung, Hyun, Loki, and Jay. In their only MV to date, the band shows incredible synergy, and their combined vocals are literal music to the ears. In that first impression, the variety of settings and the energy will give you an idea of what they could offer for their official debut.
4. EZE – “Reminisce”
Formerly a member of the now disbanded bands SHA SHA and H2L (formerly SUS4), EZE made her official solo debut on May 14, 2021. Her first single is “Reminisce”, which she followed with “Blossom” in 2022. She has a delicate voice so soothing that it will make you want to repeat its songs.
5. DreamNote – “Ghost”
Another group that deserves your attention is DreamNote. The group debuted with originally eight members on November 7, 2018 with the single “Dreamlike” and the title track “Dream Note”. Only Youi, Boni, Lara, Eunjo, Sumin and Miso remain, and their latest release “Ghost” is an absolute bop. Listen up and spread the word!
6. BLACK – “Lucifer”
NOIR is a nine-member group that debuted on April 9, 2018 with the title track “Gangsta” from their debut mini album “Twenty’s Noir.” Members Seunghoon, Yeonkuk, Junyong, Yunsung, Siheon, Hoyeon, Siha, Minhyuk, and Daewon exude incredible charisma that fits their group name perfectly. Their latest release, “Lucifer”, is a powerful track that deserves the spotlight.
Which underrated K-pop act do you think deserves the most hype? Let us know in the comments below!
esme l. is a Moroccan Hallyu dreamer, writer and enthusiast.
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