Have you been in the K-pop know recently? Do you recall when a fancam video of Hani shot EXID to stardom? Then, have you heard about Brave Girls, and their recent becoming of a hot issue in the last few days of February?
Due to a compilation video uploaded by a Korean YouTuber, Brave Girls have become something of an anomaly; their 2017 track “Rollin’” shot up in the charts following the video’s viral release, featuring live performances of the track including a ‘military-version’ complete with chants from Korean men in euphoria to the sultry tune. Today we take a look at this track and the accompanying mini-album to see what all the hype is about… and if maybe I can join in on the fun!
I was on that hype train BEFORE this song went viral, so let’s just get right into it. I LOVE “Rollin'”. I’ll end it there.
Joking aside, “Rollin’” is a sexy, sultry summer jam, one that took over my summer in 2017 (thus infecting anyone else nearby with its simple but heavy beats). Synthy but subtle, this track pulses throughout, with some occasional flutes to give it a worldly tone in parts. It’s a fairly small composition, but what makes the track so elevated is how all its parts combine together to form something so ear-wormy; you just know it’s something from Brave Sound himself, Brave Brothers (though, this time, he wasn’t responsible for fully crafting this amazing track). From the lollin’s, to the yeah-ah-ah’s, to Minyoung’s vocal delivery, “Rollin'” is guaranteed to get you rollin’ on the floor like the sexy beast you are, or start dancing on stools (but please, don’t try that at home!). ⬛
Romanization: Yes Saenggak
“Memory” follows suit with pulsing synth, though unlike “Rollin'”, the synth is very early 00s, taking a more hardcore techno sound. However, the entire song is not like this; it’s still very pop, maybe electropop, in nature, with a bopping electro beat to complement that is evident in a lot of Western tracks. There’s an airy quality to this track once it hits the chorus, with a distorted vocal in the back to give off a breeze-like vibe. Interestingly, this track contains a rap from former member Hyerin, who wasn’t in “Rollin'”, and she kills it as always (y’all gotta check “Deepened”). This is a fun summer track that’s guaranteed to overflow with memory. ⬛
Romanization: Seodureuji Ma
Things tone down, and take a very sensual turn, with “Don’t Rush“, a snappy, soulful, smooth R&B-electro (probably sex) track that is guaranteed to have you feeling some sort of way (whether that’s a good or bad thing is not my call, lol). When you’ve got a song that tells you to take things slow, you just kind of know what you’re getting yourself into, and I personally love it. It’s tone is not as high as the last two songs, so it does get docked there, but it is still a fabulous track, one that has Janet Jackson vibes written all over it, with a hard-hitting sexy bass, sprinkles of twinkles, and some firy raps courtesy of, frankly, all the girls, but Hyerin (who is also here) just destroys part-way through, almost like it was a featuring track that you’d find in Western discographies. They’ll kiss everywhere, they’ll make you feel special (lol, TWICE vibes), but Brave Girls won’t rush with this song. ⬛
High Heels (Remix)
The girls include a remixed version of “High Heels”, titled “High Heels (Remix)” as originally as it can get, and it takes the high-energy track down a notch to match the vibes of the other songs on the album. “High Heels” is a fantastic Brave Brothers track, so I encourage people to check it out; this is not bad either, as it still has the fun found on the original. With its introductory organ, to snaps against a slow, sultry vocal, we’re thrust into a more upbeat tone with the walking of high heels that brings us back to the fun of its original. The tempo is still a little slower, but the instrumental is jazzy and just slightly lively. Hyerin’s rap is also included as a nice little addition. It’s a fun remix, but if I had to choose, I’d pick the jovial, high-energy fun of its original; that one feels more Prada. ⬛
Lastly, unlike a lot of mini-albums, this mini ends on an outro rather than starting with an intro, titled “Outro (Rollin’)“, which makes me wonder if this is a way for people to keep listening to the mini on repeat because it just has that interesting effortless flow back to the first track, which is “Rollin'”. It’s a one-minute instrumental that flows with vocal snippets of its original track but with a speedier synth to really give it a dance-y feel. I like it! It’s interesting that it is an outro, but what makes it so cool is its usage as an intro, where you’re on an endless loop with this mini album. It’s a fun aspect, one that will have you rolling your head with its endless feel. ⬛
Nearly 4 years later, “Rollin’” is making a huge impact and frankly, I am glad. More people should listen to this track (and frankly, this mini-album), as it is one of the better Brave Girls efforts. While the member changes are something out of a Nine Muses handbook, I certainly hope this pushes Brave Girls to stardom a la EXID. The mini-album is a great effort, featuring songs that are guaranteed to get you dancing or sexing, whichever is your mood.
I cannot encourage people to start dancing on stools knowing they may get injured, but try this incredible dance without one and join the infection that is lollin’ lollin’ lollin’…
MUST-LISTEN: 롤린 (Rollin’), 옛 생각
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