This month South Korean artist and EXO member Baekhyun made his return to the entertainment scene after completing his mandatory military service. The singer-songwriter was discharged on February 5th and greeted his fans globally just a day after via a livestream on February 6th. With everybody previously expecting a rebound straightaway, we thought we’d commend the honor winning performer’s return by suggesting a couple of our number one tracks of his that you want to have on your playlists.
Sexy, smooth and playful with a tinge of dark obsession, “Bambi” jumps right into pure R&B reminiscent of greats like Usher, Maxwell and D’Angelo. The track was the lead single off the EP of the same name which featured so many outstanding R&B numbers, it earned a place on Rolling Stone India‘s list of the 10 Best Korean Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of 2021. “Bambi” is heady and immersive and absolutely worthy of looping for at least 24 hours straight.
“All I Got” (2021)
The Nineties-influenced “All I Got” (written by South Korean songwriting powerhouse Kenzie) is the absolute crowning glory Baekhyun’s six-track third Korean EP Bambi and sees the vocalist unleash the full power of his voice from the first note itself. It’s astounding how he cruises through impossible vocal runs, flawless falsettos and quick key changes, combining it all with an old-school soul instrumental.
As the lead single off his second EP Delight, “Candy” aimed at shifting gears and presenting a bubblier vibe compared to Baekhyun’s sultry debut with City Lights and “UN Village” a year prior. “Candy” is a charming buoyant blend of pop, upbeat synth and R&B, with Baekhyun cruising effortlessly through soaring vocal runs. In the lyrics, he compares himself to various types of candy, each of which signify a different aspect of his personality.
While Baekhyun collaborating with South Korean rapper Loco was unexpected, it was an absolute gift to anyone who likes dark synth-pop and rap. The duo delivered a sharp critique on society’s need to force the youth to join the repetitive daily grind of academic/corporate success. Baekhyun’s vocal harmonies layer over Loco’s rap verses to present a haunting and addictive sound