Nineties nostalgia has had a firm grip on pop culture for the past few years now, and K-pop is no exception. Cube Entertainment’s new co-ed unit Triple H, made up of HyunA and PENTAGON’s Hui and E’Dawn, dive right into the decade on their first mini-album, "199x."
Lead single “365 Fresh” feels similar to Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic,” which was an addictive mix of seventies disco, eighties funk, and nineties hip-hop. The similarity is definitely not a bad thing considering that “24k Magic” was easily one of the best American pop songs of last year.
The rest of the "199x" surprises by being, well, really good. So many k-pop albums these days are just a title track surrounded by fillers, but Cube have clearly put a lot of effort into "199x."
Album opener “Sunflower” is a West Coast hip-hop throwback with squelchy synths and laid back swagger. The trio slow things down on “What's Going On?,” a melancholy mid-tempo with a little rap flavour. And on album closer “Girls Girls Girls,” Triple H try eighties R&B with stellar results.
Triple H are currently stirring up some controversy with the edgy music video for “365 Fresh,” but don't let that deter you from listening to the album. From start to finish, it's a great listen for fans of nineties R&B. It's also a great vehicle for PENTAGON’s talent, which some people haven't been able to see yet due to the influx of new boy bands over the past year. With HyunA’s star power behind the project, hopefully Triple H can be a success like Trouble Maker and launch PENTAGON to stardom like they deserve.
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