We’ve Done Something Wonderful
The track listing of Epik High’s latest album looks like a pantheon of K-pop’s who’s who.
From vocal darling IU to indie maestro Oh Hyuk and R&B sensation Crush; there’s certainly no shortage of star power on the ninth studio album from this seasoned South Korean act.
Not that the alternative hip-hop trio needs much melodic assistance. Epik High – comprising Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz – is perfectly capable of standing on its own with bold genre-bending experimentations.
The bold and brash opening number People Scare Me is a triumphant return after a three-year hiatus. The exchange of sharp verses between resident rappers Tablo and Mithra Jin is pure genius.
Three is a crowd, four is a party but with six performers on No Thanxxx – it’s a fantastic riot! The members of Epik High get together with fellow rapper Simon Dominic, The Quiett and Mino (of idol group Winner fame) for a spectacular collaboration.
Featuring some swagger-worthy beats and fierce rapping, No Thanxxx is proof that the various collaborations on the record are far from gimmicky.
The right acts are paired well with the songs, making for a great synergy between artist and song. Like on the sweet Love Story, Epik High enlists the help of IU to deliver soft vocals that lend a romantic vibe to the track.
Meanwhile, Oh Hyuk’s raspy vocals go well with the autumnal balladry of Home Is Far Away. Elsewhere songs such as the mellow R&B-infused Here Come The Regrets, soulful The Benefits Of Heartbreak and nostalgia-tinged Munbae-Dong make the listening experience one heck of a rollercoaster ride that traverses well beyond Epic High’s signature hip hop sound.
If anything, the plethora of musical styles here will certainly tide over listeners across the musical spectrum. That’s a pretty wonderful feat.