I have summer vibes! That means incorporating brighter colors to my wardrobe. Yes, that’s extremely hard for me. In Korea, I’ve been seeing a lot of Hawaiian print shirts, colored lens sunglasses, and floral everything.
But this month, I fell in love with accessories! Earring cuffs, sunglasses, and hats are my new favorite things to hunt for. I’m currently looking for a bucket hat. Don’t look at me with that tone of voice. I look good in them.
Esther Loves Chuu
Pretty Little Thing
I’ll be using this blog to publish music that I fall in love with or rediscover. I want to use this opportunity to be more open to everyone. Music is important to me, because I see it as a universal language. It’s a form of expression that allows us to make a connection with other people and cultures.
That being said, the goal is to introduce music that I’ve heard while in Korea. That doesn’t mean it will explicitly be Korean music. The playlists that I make won’t always feature brand new songs. Some will pay homage to past artists and bands. Some may even feature generic pop or alternative music. It all depends on what I’m vibing to. Creating a monthly (or bi-monthly) playlist will almost serve as a window to look into my personality and feelings. With this, I hope to introduce a part of me to the internet, which I’m a little scared to do. The internet can be a scary place.
That being said, here’s the first playlist:
Since this is my first and I am in Korea, I decided to primarily focus on Korean artists. You may have already heard of some of the songs listed. (DEAN is my favorite R&B singer, hands down.) I wanted to keep to the themes of hip hop and synthesized music. I usually associate synth-pop with 80’s music, but it extended from electro into different genres, including hip hop and trap. It’s alway nice finding a song that blends past music trends with new ones. Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” is a perfect example.
I’ve also picked my top 5 songs that spoke to me the most this month, which I will post later. I had so much fun making this playlist! I look forward to making another one for the fall season.
1. KASPER: Lean on Me
Most songs by Serine, aka KASPER, are rap songs. I was surprised to hear her sing! “Lean on Me” heavily concentrates on her vocals and is more minimalistic, showcasing her talent. I’m excited to see what’s in store for KASPER.
2. DPR Live: Right Here Right Now
DPR is short for “Dream Perfect Regime” and is a music and video group. These guys are extremely talented and creative artists. I really appreciate the visuals, and for a first album, they have so many big artists featured.
3. DEAN: Pour Up
DEAN is an R&B singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. He collaborates with Korean and American singers, and has written songs for big K-POP groups like EXO, Block B, and VIXX. He experiments with his sound, setting him apart from most Korean artists. He’s also been featured in TIME as a Korean artist breaking into American market. I have to give credit where credit is due. 👏🏽
4. MINO: BODY
Body is one of those songs, that when I hear it, something takes over my body. It doesn’t matter where I am. Club, cafe, classroom? It don’t care, I’ll be dancing. MINO is rapping about a former lover that he can’t get over. This song has also helped me to learn body parts in Korean, too.
5. Jessi: Gucci
Jessi, slay me! Her song can make anyone feel like a bad bitch and helps you to remember, you’re no knockoff. You’re an original and nobody can tell you what to do. I’m blasting this song during my daily affirmation. I’ve found my new queen.