AKMU songs to add a soundtrack to your everyday

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Author: Andrea Ramírez 

There are countless voices that can accompany us in our daily lives like stars in the firmament. In fact, every moment of our lives can be accompanied by a soundtrack that matches our mood and moments in life. Today I would like to recommend two wonderful voices to accompany your days. Lee Soo Hyun and Lee Chan Hyuk are a brother and sister duo who started their music career in the year 2013 after winning the Kpop Star 2 contest and later debuted as Akdong Musician (악동뮤지션) with YG Entertainment in the year 2014 with their first album called PLAY. They are better known as AKMU; in the year 2019, they decided to remove the word “dong” (Korean for “child”) from their name because they felt they had matured¹. First, I will tell you a little bit about each of the members of this talented duo and then give you five recommendations of my favorite songs, hoping you will fall in love with their music as much as I have since I first heard them eight years ago.

Lee Chan Hyuk and Lee Soo Hyun de AKMU. Taken from Cusica+

Lee Chan Hyuk is the elder brother and was born on September 12, 1996, in Gyeonggi-do. He is the composer of AKMU’s songs, as well as the guitarist and rapper. In fact, he was the producer of Younha’s song “Think About You”. He has 39 recorded songs and more than a hundred songs have been written by him. He completed his military service between the year 2017 and 2019. And in the year 2022, he made his debut as a solo artist with the album ERROR.

Lee Chan Hyuk’s photo - Album Love Lee. Taken from KpopWiki

Lee Soo Hyun is the younger sister and was born on May 4, 1999, in Gyeonggi-do. She is the lead vocalist of this duo and has had solo experience since 2020 when she debuted with her song ALIEN. She also has collaborations with various artists such as Epik High and 10cm. In addition, her voice has been the protagonist of several soundtracks of dramas, including It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, and Mr. Sunshine.

Lee Soo Hyun’s photo - Album Love Lee. Taken from KpopWiki

Let’s start with the recommendations from this wonderful duo: 

GIVE LOVE 

The voices of the Lee siblings blend together to bring us a song that melts hearts, in which not only the sound is enveloping, but the lyrics are also catchy. However, it is not a happy love story but a plea to be seen and understood. This song is part of their first album PLAY and had the release of their music video on May 2, 2014. in fact according to Soompi in August 2013 it surpassed 100 million views.

Taken from Soompi.

REALITY

“This is reality. Reality ality ya” is how the chorus of this beautiful song begins. As you listen to it, you will feel trapped not only by the vocals but also by the sound that accompanies this melody. Moreover, it encourages you to push yourself and comforts you that you will do great. This song is part of her sophomore album WINTER, from 2017.

Taken from Pinterest.

DINOSAUR

Simplicity and warmth is my best way to describe this song. The voices of both artists stand out in this song and, without a doubt, the talent of Lee Chan Hyuk is materialized in this work with his lyrics and production. Family and everyday life, along with fear and the unknown, set the scenario that is told to us with this melody. This song is a 2017 single released in July.

Taken from Korea Herald.

HAPPENING 

After some time apart in 2020, they return with a beautiful single that shows a change in sound and more maturity in their voices. This song is an invitation to be calm and at the same time to want to sing at the top of your lungs. Not only is the music video wonderful, but also the feelings and words after the breakup are at the surface with this melody. This is their third single and it is definitely a hit.

Taken from Korea Joong Ang Daily

TICTOC TICTOC

In the year 2021, this duo came back with seven wonderful songs in which they collaborated with various artists such as IU, Zion T, and Crush, among others. It was really hard to choose just one of these songs, but without a doubt, the sound and melody of TicToc are wonderful, as is the addition of Beenzino’s voice. I think that after listening to it once it will become one of your favorites too.

Taken from What the K-pop

AKMU have been working for a decade to offer their fans songs that accompany us every day, and these recommendations are just an appetizer for you to explore the music of this talented duo. It was hard to choose just a few of them, so I will also give you a bonus with their single LOVE LEE, which was released in August of 2023. This is a wonderful comeback, so do not miss it.  Here is their Spotify channel for you to explore and fall in love with their melodies.

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Reviewed by: Marisol Montiel

References

AKMU. (2023a, November 18). Wiki Drama. https://drama.fandom.com/es/wiki/AKMU

AKMU. (2023b, November 18). Kpop Wiki. https://kpop.fandom.com/wiki/AKMU

AKMU (Akdong Musician) Members Profile (Updated!)—Kpop Profiles. (n.d.). Retrieved November 18, 2023, from https://kprofiles.com/akdong-musician-members-profile/

AKMU to tease “Happening” during #OUTNOW on Nov. 16. (2020, November 13). https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2020/11/13/entertainment/kpop/akmu-yg-entertainment-kpop/20201113173800758.html

“Give Love” de AKMU se convierte en su primer MV en superar los 100 millones de reproducciones. (1691485533). Soompi. https://www.soompi.com/es/article/556616wpp/give-love-de-akmu-se-convierte-en-su-primer-mv-en-superar-los-100-millones-de-reproducciones

kpoopqueenie. (2019, February 27). Younha Profile And Facts (Updated!). Kpop Profiles. https://kprofiles.com/younha-profile-facts/

Lee Chanhyuk. (2023, November 18). Kpop Wiki. https://kpop.fandom.com/wiki/Lee_Chanhyuk

Lee Suhyun (AKMU). (2023, November 18). Kpop Wiki. https://kpop.fandom.com/wiki/Lee_Suhyun_(AKMU)

WATCH: AKMU Gets Frozen In Time In “Tictoc Tictoc Tictoc” MV Featuring Beenzino. (2021, July 30). What The Kpop. https://www.whatthekpop.com/2021/07/29/watch-akmu-gets-frozen-in-time-in-tictoc-tictoc-tictoc-mv-featuring-beenzino/

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