Earlier this year, iKON, the seven-member boy group formed over two years and two talent survival shows, hit pure pop gold with Love Scenario.
The single caught the ears of the Korean public to such an extent that the inability for people to stop singing it earned the moniker of the Love Scenario Syndrome.
Its laidback and cleverly lowkey production, which utilises a cowbell, brass and placed much of the focus purely on the members vocal colours, was a long way from their debut single in 2015, the attitude-laden Rhythm Ta.
But iKON, whose music is written by one of members, B.I, have been using that time to feel their way through various guises, from the sentimental (Love Me) to EDM (Dumb & Dumber).
Their most recent release, Killing Me, is their most experimental; taken from the five-track EP, New Kids Continue, where they also take on pop-punk (Freedom) and dashes of feel-good summer vibes (Cocktail), Killing Me is a brilliant, dark curveball – a Möbius strip of a song, its chorus is reliant on an eerie, hypnotic vocal loop and kicked out beat that sits at odds with its melodic verses.
With their new world tour having just begun its Asia dates – and cross your fingers that it might bring them to Europe for the first time ever – we caught up with B.I, Jay, JU-NE, Bobby, Song, Chan and DK for the lowdown on their music, their personal Instagrams, a killer part swap and why B.I really doesnt like anyone coming into his studio.
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