Review

2018 In Review: Day 15 – Other Recognition

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2018 In Review

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

If this is your first time reading our series, the “Other Recognition” post is where we make up a bunch of “special” award categories that you’re not likely to see elsewhere. There are some categories that may be reasonable, but here we run the gamut from the merely atypical to the downright cherry-picked. (Spoiler alert: there’s way more of the latter.) All these things caught our fancy for one reason or another this year, and it’s a fun way to recognize even more artists and their work for different kinds of excellence, or in some cases, give a gentle ribbing. Most of these did not appear in the main series, so hopefully you will find a new favorite listen or two out of these selections.

Here they are, in alphabetical order.


Album title most iterative from the previous album: Red Velvet – RBB (Really Bad Boy)

Best Korean rap performed by non-Koreans: Part Time Cooks – California Butterfly (Feat. Jay Park)

Best live re-arrangement: Guntac – Camellia (Live version)

Best lyrics: Dabda – 꿈의 표정 (Look of a Dream); Mimi Sisters – 우리, 자연사하자 (Let’s All Die Naturally)

Best music video: Loona/Olivia Hye – Egoist. Here are some other favorites:

DPR Live – Playlist
Drunken Tiger – Yet
Hot Potato – 중력의 여자 (Gravity Woman)
Hoya – Angel
Jennie – Solo
Loona yyxy – Love4eva (Feat. Grimes)
Minseo – Is Who
Okdal – 밤밤밤 (Nights)
Park Won – 나 (Rudderless)
Seungri – 셋 셀테니 (1, 2, 3!)
Sobae – Holiday
Sultan of the Disco – 통배권 (Tong Bei Quan) (Feat. Bassagong)
Sunwoo Jung-A – 백년해로 (Eternity)

Best resignation letter in a song: Simon Dominic – Me No Jay Park

Best “skit”: Solah – 불완전함에 대하여 (About Imperfection)

Creepiest soundtrack of the year: Sunwoo Jung-A – 죄 많은 소녀 (After My Death)

Diss track of the year: Justhis – THISISJUSTHIS

Greatest gap between slang lyrics and content: Target – 실화냐 (Is It True)

Greatest number of jokes foiled by an album: Simon Dominic – Darkroom: Roommates Only, putting to rest all the Simon D laziness jokes upon release (as well as for its content).

Laziest title translation: Tritops – 미세먼지 나쁨이라는데 벚꽃이라니 독한것들아 (roughly “Dust particles severe but you’re still here for cherry blossoms, you’re terrible”, which became “Dust Blossoms”. The entire album of Wussami – 무동력 (Take My Hand) is also a candidate.

Lyrics with greatest nutritional value: J-Tong – Pinecone Rock (Feat. Lowdown 30)

Most 1-minute songs in a single album: Galaxy Express – Electric Jungle

Most all-in performance art in a track: Van-Unisex – Sleep

Most former SeeYa members collaborating on a track: Lee Bo-ram & Kim Yeon-ji – 비의 노래 (Rain Song)

Most former Uptown members collaborating on a track: Maniac – MoneyMakerz (Feat. Jessi, Jay Park)

Most full-length album releases in two weeks: Superbee, who released his first and second studio albums between December 30 and January 13.

Most Lovecraft in a track: Hunger Noma – Intro

Most oddly appropriate soundtrack collaboration: 2nd Moon – MapleStory the Indiction

Most prolific: Leellamarz, whose late-year output actually outpaced Superbee by quite a bit.

Most random prop sounds in a song: Slowstones – Slowstones

Most reminiscent of Drunken Tiger’s “Liquor Shots”: Drunken Tiger – 범바예 (Bumaye)

Most reminiscent of g.o.d’s early 2000s style: g.o.d – 눈이 내린다 (Snowfall)

Most ridiculous name change: Mid-Air Thief, who changed one vowel from his previous name (“Public Ethics”) after finding out someone else shared that name.

Most successful videogame tie-in: (G)I-DLE, Madison Beer, Jaira Burns – Pop/Stars

Most tracks named after stellar bodies in an album: Jun Kim – 우주미학 (Cosmic Aesthetic)

Most unexpected foray into jazz: Junggigo Quintet – Song for Chet

Most unexpected genre change: AG Sung-eun – L.O.V.E.

Most unexpected instrumental solo: YeaSeol – 가을, 이불 (Duvet)

Notable artists who took forever to put out their first full length album: Na Yoon-kwon (11 years) and Twenty One, who released their first full album Go Back 36 (!) years after initial disbandment.

Notable long-hiatus comebacks: Solid (21 years), Ann One (14 years), AG Sung-eun (13 years), Lim Hyun-jung (11 years)

Notable self-remakes: Shinhwa – All Your Dreams; Typhoon – 그래서 2018;

Videogamiest song of the year: Minseo – Zero, which actually was the OST for Dungeon & Fighter.

Weirdest music video: Lee Byoung-hyeon – 불씨 (Ember). Closely competed by Ohhyuk & Cifika – 몸마음 (Momom).


Lyric translations by author. Header image from YouTube.

Read our past series:

2017 In Review

2016 In Review

2015 In Review

2014 In Review

2013 In Review

2012 In Review

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