2015 in Review: Day 10 – Best Collaborative Work

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[The 2015 in Review Series]

1. Prelude (Best Album Art)
2. R&B and Soul
3. Rock and Alternative
4. Rap and Hip-hop
5. Dance and Electronic
6. Pop and Ballad
7. Folk and Country
8. Jazz and Blues
9. Crossover and Other
10. Best Collaborative Work
11. Rookie Artist of the Year
12. Artist of the Year
13. Song of the Year
14. Album of the Year
15. Staff Picks
16. Other Recognition
17. Concluding Remarks

Now that we are done with the genre categories, let’s move into part two of the series. For collaborative work, the criteria differ from those of the genre categories. The winning selections are not necessarily what I think are the best songs and albums out of the list; instead, they feature excellence in the scope, quantity, unpredictability, or synergy of the collaboration. We are looking for things that are only made possible through cooperative work and in no other way.

Unlike the genre categories, works picked here can appear in the general categories – for example, one of the albums featured below could also be the Album of the Year. And of course, you will see lots of repeats below from the genre categories.


Best Collaborative Album 2015

Primary & Ohhyuk - Lucky You!

Primary & Ohhyuk – Lucky You!

It’s the best kind of collaboration there is: unexpected, makes too much sense in hindsight, excellent product, and explosive popularity for all parties involved as a result. Lucky You! checked all the boxes. For Primary, this EP was a huge boost towards rebuilding a reputation tarnished with controversy, and for Ohhyuk, it was a fast-track towards mainstream attention. Richly deserved, too: the subdued urban production fit Ohhyuk’s evocative and soulful voice like a glove, and tasteful performances from Gaeko and Lim Kim added even richer flavor.

Runner-up Collaborative Album 2015

Yeom Shin-hye & Sunwoo Jung-a - Riano Poom

Yeom Shin-hye & Sunwoo Jung-A – Riano Poom

The power of Riano Poom came from the interplay of Sunwoo Jung-A’s versatile voice and Yeom Shin-hye’s vibrant play, and the pleasant but intricate compositions that pin both down. We discussed “Blossom” a couple days ago, but the ballad-like groove of “Between Winter and Spring”, unbridled freedom of “Celia”, and cozy warmth of “Someone to Watch Over Me” are all different snapshots of what the duo made possible. It’s an incredible spectrum for having been produced from one voice and one piano, yet at the same time, only this combination could have produced that spectrum.

The First Ten Out


Best Collaborative Song 2015

Jon – 내 안의 그 곳 (The Weak) (Featuring Youn Sun Nah)

Youn Sun Nah in an electronic single is not a combination we’ll see every day. Rookie producer Jon (pronounced “Yon”, by the way) recruited the jazz vocalist to anchor down a fickle glitch-pop track, and it works better (or just as well as, depending on your point of view) than expected. Nah’s crystal-clear, almost hollow singing forges a path through the programmed noise, atop an arrangement reminiscent of eAeon‘s approach. The popping and grinding synths accentuate the resonance of Nah’s performance.

Runner-up Collaborative Song 2015

Park Gyu-ri (Kara) & From The Airport – 어린왕자 (The Little Prince)

The perfect match: Park Gyu-ri’s voice is squarely on the lithe and airy side, so it’d be tough to plug her into a lot of rock genres as featured vocalist. Enter From The Airport and their electro-rock leanings. “The Little Prince” was even closer to EDM than the band’s previous work, with the ringing synths and sweeping pads that characterize the song’s intro and chorus. Park then positively thrives in this heady atmosphere. It’s a treat to hear artists discover their fit.

The First Ten Out

Do Jae-myung - A Phenomenon of October

Do Jae-myung – 시월의 현상 (A Phenomenon of October) (Featuring Nam Sang-ah)

Fromm - Moonlight Dancing

Fromm – 달밤댄싱 (Moonlight Dancing) LudiSTELO Remix (2AM Version)**

Giriboy - Lonely Four Songs

Giriboy – 우결 (We Got Married) (Featuring Fromm)

Hugh Keice X Park Soyu - Milk Tea

Hugh Keice X Park Soyu – 밀크티 (Milk Tea)

Jeon In-kwon and Friends - You And I

Jeon In-kwon, Zion.T, Yoon Mirae, Tiger JK, Kang Seung-won, Seoul Electric Band, Galaxy Express, Goonamguayeoridingstella, Grape T – 너와 나 (You And I)

Joo Hyo & HATFELT - There Must Be

Joo Hyo & HA:TFELT – There Must Be

Kim Chang-wan Band - 용서 (Forgiveness)

Kim Chang-wan Band – 내 마음에 주단을 깔고 (Put Silk On My Heart) (Featuring Jambinai)

Lowdown 30 - Hotter

Lowdown 30 – 더뜨겁게 (Hotter) (Featuring Kim Oki)

Park Sae-byul & Like Likes - Sky High

Park Sae-byul & Like Likes – Sky High (Featuring Young K)

Sumi Jo - 그.리.다. (Miss)

Sumi Jo – 꽃밭에서 (In The Flower Garden) (Featuring Sohyang)

Honorable Mentions


2lson – 1 Year
Basick X Lil Boi – Basick X Lil Boi
Chancey The Glow – Cynergy 0.5 Mixtape
Deepflow – Yanghwa
Dopflamingo – Spectrum Range
Fromm – 달밤댄싱 (Moonlight Dancing) (single mixes)
M&D – Cottage Industry
Illa & Hong Sung-kyung – Spring Fever
Jay Park – Worldwide
Lee Joon-yup – 매일 걷던 거리 (Street Walked Every Day)
Norwegian Wood – 혼자 있는 밤 (Night Alone)
Pe2ny – Born To Be Blue
Telefonist – Rainbow Remix
YOOERS – 23:00


B-Soap – Dive Into the City (Featuring Flash Flood Darlings)
Bear Planet – 길 (Road) (Featuring Way and Choa of Crayon Pop)
Crayon Pop – 뭐해 (What Are You Doing) (Featuring Robin Deiana)
Daily Range – 날씨참춥다 (Cold Weather) (Featuring Kim Kkot)
Dynamic Duo & Lena Park – 싱숭생숭 (SsSs)
Eddy Kim & Solar (Mamamoo) – Coffee & Tea
Fana – 데칼코마니 (Decalcomanie) (Featuring The Barberettes)
Graye – Empty Space (Featuring Kim Oki)
Hwang Chi-yeol & LeeSA – 이 밤의 끝을 잡고 (Holding Onto the End of This Night)
Hyunyoung (Rainbow) & Sool J – 사랑꽃 (Love Flower) (Featuring Go Woori (Rainbow))
Jakop, Raina, ₩uNo, DayDay – 볼래 (Allday Allnight)
Jeon In-kwon & Dok2 – 그것만이 내 세상 (It’s My World)
Jimin N J.Don – God
Jooyoung & Jo Kwon – 이렇게 좋은 날에 (On Such A Good Day)
Justhis – 노원 (No One) (Featuring Sunwoo Jung-A)
Kim Il-an – 물속에 빠진 달 (Submerged Moon) (Featuring Big Baby Driver)
Kim Tae-bum (Party Street) & Sojin (Girl’s Day) – 비가 오는 날에는 (On A Rainy Day)
Luna (F(x)) and Choi (LU:KUS) – Healing Love
McKay – Angel 2 Me (Duet with Jeff Bernat)
Oohyo – 금요일 (Friday) (Featuring Philtre)
OUI & Leeds – Sweety
P-Type – 돈키호테2 (Don Quixote 2) (Featuring The Barberettes)
Pae Su-jung & Na Yoon-kwon – Tell Me Why
Primary – 아끼지마 (Don’t Be Shy) (Featuring ChoA (AOA), Iron)
Primary & Ohhyuk – Bawling
Ruvin & Lena Park – 날 닮은 그대 (You’re Like Me)
San E – Me You (Featuring Yerin Baek)
Sleepy & Song Ji-eun (Secret) – 쿨밤 (Cool Night)
Soran, Sam Ock, Kkotjam Project – 자꾸 생각나 (Keep Coming To Mind)
Sugar Bowl & Soulights – 엇갈려 (Miss)
Swedish Laundromat – 두 손, 너에게 (Both Hands, To You) (Featuring Choi Baek-ho)
Tablo, Joey Bada$$, Code Kunst – Hood
Vasco, Shannon, Giriboy – 숨 (Breath)
Yang Hee-eun – 산책 (Walk) (With Lee Sang-soon)
Yang Hee-eun – 엄마가 딸에게 (From Mother To Daughter) (Featuring Kim Kyuri, Tymee)
YOOERS – 움직여요 (Moves) (Featuring Kim Eun-tae, Oh Eun-bi, Bear of Spring Day)
Yoon Jong-shin – 사라진 소녀 (Disappeared Girl) (Featuring Lucite Tokki)
Yoonsang – Waltz (Duet with Davink)
Yozoh & Jung Jae-il – 가을을 남기고 간 사랑 (Love That Left Autumn Behind)

**Not available on YouTube.

Sources: header image and album art from Bugs Music.

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