In addition to the "First Impressions" series I started last month, I'm introducing another regular set of posts -- my monthly picks. It's a chance to skim through tracks, and comebacks, that I've enjoyed this month but didn't have time to write full reviews on. I've gotten used to writing very long-winded, almost rambling, reviews these past few years but there's also skill in having to condense observations and opinions down to a paragraph or two. These two new series are a lot more casual than my "proper" reviews (I'll still be writing those though!) -- call it a "revisiting" of the blogger roots I've kind of forgotten what with my ambitions to be a ~legit~ music writer.
February was a great month for new releases, so much so that I actually had to cut down this list from around fifteen tracks from fifteen different artists, down to less than ten. There's also a nice variety of high-profile and mid-level acts, and in turn this month's releases cover wide ground as far as musical direction and over-all sound is concerned.
"A Day Without You" - Jonghyun (SHINee) and Chen (EXO) as SM The Ballad
"1004 (Angel)" - BAP
"So Wonderful" - Ladies' Code
"Fxxk U" - GAIN with 범키
"Some" - SoYou (SISTAR) and JunggiGo
"Mr.Mr." - SNSD
"Spellbound" - DBSK
As a whole (and not just the tracks above), February's releases were a good mix of up tempos, ballads and "experiments" -- I can imagine listening to a lot of these songs for quite some time.