Various Artists

Kimchijam, Vol. 1

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Something of a compilation of hip-hop and dance music from the Korean club scene. The tracks tend to be roughly half in English, with the other half Korean. The album opens with a bit of DJ work on the turntables, sampling heavily from the bonus tracks of Rahzel's Make the Music album. It moves into a little club bump, then some disco, and something vaguely resembling Korean funk, complete with some JB's knock-off horns. After a few tracks, the normal version of Asian pop starts to break through (nasally high-pitched female voices over disco-esque beats). Bits of techno seep in here and there, always reverting back to club after a few bars, however. It is a party album, after all. Somewhere along the way, a remix of LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live Without You" shows up, complete with a disco thump and backing Korean vocals. If you're already a fan of Korean pop, it's probably not bad. If not, try and stay away from it.