Does anyone else feel the start of a next generation in the air? I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff lately about the beginning of the fifth generation of K-pop, which obviously is then followed by discussion about how the fifth gen doesn’t start until 2024/2025. That makes sense if a gen lasts seven years, but personally I don’t put much weight in rigid rules like that and think the vibe of things is a much better judge than any hard and fast rule. It’s got me thinking about how long I’ve been in this space as a fan; when I got here, the second gen was just winding up and the third gen was taking its first steps, and the whole thing has me a bit nostalgic. Some day soon, I’ll probably be thinking about my all-time favourite K-pop tracks from the first time I heard an SNSD song until now.
We’ll see, I guess. But for now, let’s get into some B-sides.
Note: As always, there’s a Spotify playlist at the bottom.
LE SSERAFIM – “No-Return”
BTOB – “Moon Ride”
BANG YONGGUK (Feat. COE) – “Rain On Me”
+(KR)ystal Eyes (tripleS) – “Deja-Vu”
ONEUS – “ECHO”
SEVENTEEN – “Fire”
(G)I-DLE – “All Night”
VERIVERY – “JUICY JUICY”
YOUNITE – “LOOK AT THE TV”
ATBO – “Just Dance”
BLACKSWAN – “Cat & Mouse”
ENHYPEN – “Bills”
Still sort of mad that I thought their name was ‘Enhyphen’ for so long…
Joohoney (MONSTA X) (Feat. GSoul) – “MONOLOGUE”
KARD – “CAKE”
Dreamcatcher – “DEMIAN”
n.SSign – “Need U”
NINE To SIX (DKZ) – “Digital Love”
And that’s it!
Be sure to let me know any B-sides you loved during May, and happy listening!
Also, check out the May playlist here, featuring a few extra tracks I loved that didn’t quite make the cut.