'Ay-Yo' review: K-pop's NCT127 adds neo-chill hop to album repackage


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NCT127's upcoming repackage of its fourth studio album '2 Baddies' comes with three extra tracks that move the needle in the too cool direction. – Photos: SM Entertainment

Ay-Yo: The 4th Album Repackage
NCT127
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NCT127 should be credited as inventors of a new genre: neo-chill hop.

The upcoming repackage Ay-Yo of its fourth studio album 2 Baddies comes with three extra tracks that move the needle in the too cool direction.

The titular Ay-Yo goes hard on an industrial trip hop sound, "DJ” finds a funky jazzy beat embracing the ’70s, while Skyscraper pins its hopes on a straightforward hip-hop line.

The triptych rounds up the tracks to a total of 15 in a cohesive record that nevertheless has its ebbs and flows in terms of catchy hooks.

Sometimes NCT127 deliver an epic melody with outstanding vocals like 2 Baddies, or a sexy smooth Gold Dust or an R&B groove with Caribbean undertones such as Designer, but you also get a low energy Black Clouds from time to time.

The nine-member K-pop group is known for its more experimental sound and it proves yet again you can do people pleasing with a twist. – AP

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Summary:

Repackaged album moves the needle in the too cool direction.

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