South Korean group ASTRO is set to make a comeback in August with their 8th mini-album, Switch On. The comeback, although a few days away, has created ample hype amongst the AROHAs (fandom). They have charmed the listeners with their hit tracks like ‘One In A Million’, ‘Blue Flame’, ‘Crazy Sexy Cool’, ‘Always You’ to name a few. While these tracks are absolute favourites, the group also has a few hidden gems in their B-side tracks that require equal love and attention.
Here are 10 stellar B-Sides from ASTRO’s discography – from Cha Eun Woo’s breathy vocals, to Moonbin and Sanha’s high notes, the rap verses from Rocky and Jinjin to MJ’s soothing voice pack a delightful punch with each song – most of them are R&B and ballads. Let’s admit it – their discography is fun and we just couldn’t all the songs in the list. So grab a cup of warm beverage before you begin listening!
1. STARDUST (2021)
As a fan of ballads, ‘Stardust’ from ASTRO’s second full-length album All Yours is a favourite. The mellow notes of piano, clubbed with breathy vocals make the track a pleasant listen for a monsoon evening. The song boasts an artful story narration replete with dramatic music score. These elements together give way to a lift of emotions in the listener’s heart.
2. SOMEBODY LIKE (2020)
The guitar riffs and the snaps at the beginning of the song set the tone for the upcoming song. ‘Somebody Like’ from the album Gateway is a pop dance number and it has a catchy rhythm. The catchy chorus ‘Somebody Like Somebody Like’ will get you grooving in no time. The guitar riffs are consistent in the song leaving behind the pop and buoyant feel in the song.
3. ALL I WANNA DO (2020)
Speak of ASTRO and not speak about this iconic sub-unit? Impossible! The group’s members Moonbin and Sanha surprised the fans with their vocal charms with their debut mini-album In-Out. The duo harnessed their capabilities to their peak and delivered heart-rendering hits. ‘All I Wanna’ is a smooth R&B track that is bound to entrance the listener. The chorus line ‘All I Wanna Do woohoo woohoo is to be with ya’ is enough to shoot the cupid’s arrow right at the target.
4. STAY WITH ME (2018)
It is a fact universally known that songs that have the phrase ‘Stay With Me’ will either make you feel special or make you cry. This track will make you special. This ballad, from the group’s mini-album, Rise Up, boasts a stellar harmony of percussions and vocals.
5. RUN (2017)
Don’t let the title fool you. ASTRO’s ‘Run’, from Dream Part.02, is anything but a slow-paced song. The gentle lyrics serenade the listener. It will make you stop and pay careful attention to the music. The song is a ballad through and through. The sextet harmonizes beautifully with the acoustic guitar. The constant drum beats produce a soothing melody.
6. ROLE PLAY (2019)
‘Role Play’, from ASTRO’s All Light mini-album, is a sultry dance number. The song exudes a sensuous charm from start to end. The group showcases their charms with vocals that blend seamlessly from one phrase to another. If you want to lose control and dance a slow dance, then this is the song for you!
7. BECAUSE IT’S YOU (2017)
A song that soothes the soul, ‘Because It’s You’ from ASTRO’s Dream Part 01 is a wonderful love song. Rocky and JinJin show a superb synchronization with their rap verses whereas MJ, Sanha, Moonbin, and Eun Woo showcase their skills with occasional high notes and breathy vocals.
8. FIREWORKS (2016)
Call it a blast from the past, but ‘Fireworks’ is a track that works even after years of its actual release. The song, from Summer Vibes, is a simple and straightforward love song. ASTRO displays their sweet vocals especially with the uplifting chorus. The rap section comes as a segue between the vocal harmonization, but it only further sets the stage for a stunning conclusion.
9. ALL ABOUT YOU (2019)
The Blue Flame track ‘All About You’ is an electro-dance number with retro vibes. The occasion trap beats make the track a perfect party number. The sextet once again is set to charm the listeners with a story seen through the rose-tinted glass. The lyrics play their part in sending butterflies down the listeners’ stomach. Call it a confession, or a lover’s dilemma, ‘All About You’ is a track fit for a K-Drama OST.
10. BUTTERFLY EFFECT (2021)
The group plays with synth music and displays harmonious sync in ‘Butterfly Effect’ from All Yours. The track is a funky number. The bridge and the pre-chorus blend seamlessly producing an addicting melody. Rocky’s rap followed by JinJin’s breathy vocals gives a nice texture to the song with a smooth transition from rap to vocals. The sweet, giddy feeling of being in love – a certain light way in the steps is beautifully captured in this romantic number by ASTRO.
ASTRO is making a comeback with their upcoming EP Switch On on August 2, 2021. So far, mood samplers for the album featuring the group members Eun Woo, Sanha, and JinJin have been released. Cha Eun Woo’s pink hair to JinJin’s sultry gazes, the album promises ASTRO’s tell-tale charms with a surprise of new music!
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