Renowned DJ and producer Raiden has just released his first mini-album, ‘Love Right Back’ on 11 October at 6 PM KST. The 5-tracked album weaves through various genres like K-Pop, K-HipHop, Dance, R&B, etc. to bring to its listeners the ultimate package of bittersweet love. Teaming up with talented hotshots of the Korean music scene – WayV’s Xiaojun, pH-1, Weki Meki’s Yoojung, (G)I-DLE’s Miyeon, NCT’s TAEIL and lIlBOI, Raiden is pulling out all stops in this one!
The title track having a similar name as the EP, ‘Love Right Back’, is an R&B-inspired pop song. Conveying the conflicted feelings of loss and relief at being free of a restraining relationship, the track blends the soft and soulful vocals of TAEIL with the laid-back and musical rap verse of lIlBOI. What is really enchanting about the track is how just like the lyrics of the song, the all-pervasive piano melody carries the delicate sentiments of loss while the uplifting drums and guitar instrumentation bring the feeling of freedom to move on to life.
The other B-Sides tracks also convey different emotions of love. ‘Golden’ featuring WayV’s Xiaojun and rapper pH-1 is an electronic dance-pop which rings, “All I want to do/Baby let me treasure you/Ain’t nobody shine like you/Golden you shine you shine”. Here, Xiaojun’s vocals fit the mood of the track well and show a new side of the artist as not just a sentimental balladeer but also someone who can pull off a groovy upbeat song. The pleasure of hearing this declaration of love in the vocals of Xiaojun and trendy pH-1 is truly delightful!
Another track ‘Side Effect’ which features (G)I-DLE’s Miyeon also builds on the mellifluent notes of Raiden’s upbeat and melodic music composition and Miyeon’s dreamy dulcet vocals (which are quite a surprise as she usually is known for her powerful vocalizations). Tracks ‘It Wasn’t Me’ and ‘Karma (ft. Nico Lucarelli)‘ also glow with the vibrant colors that Raiden has painted his soundscape with in ‘Love Right Back’ and add to the overall elevating and bouncy experience that Raiden’s first mini-album brings to his listeners!