Rookie trip Bebop have been getting a bit of press this month for being one of K-pop’s more promising new girl groups, but they’ve actually been kicking around since as far back as 2012.

They’re currently being marketed as a pop-rock girl band, but the trio (then a duo) first got their start with a couple of collaborations with K-indie electro-popper, Humming Urban Stereo.

Their first, a breezy dance track called “LOVE JAM,” was a nice foray into the electronic genre, but it wasn’t until the jittery “MAEM MAEM” that some real magic was made.

Striking the perfect balance between retro-electro beats and futuristic synthesizers, “MAEM MAEM” positioned Bebop as something like Korea’s answer to Perfume, with Humming Urban Stereo serving as their Yasutaka Nakata.

That’s not to say that the new Bebop isn’t worth a listen. Now boasting a former Girl’s Day member in their line-up, Bebop 2.0 are now approachable girl rockers with enough wit to lampoon female idol groups in the music video for their satirical debut single, “I’m The Best.”

It’s funny enough to put a smile on my face, but as far as manufactured pop-rock goes, I either like my music a little weirder (J-rock usually does the trick), or hookier and more melodic (something K-pop’s make ‘rock’ bands have down to a fine art).

I’ll take old Bebop over new Bebop any day, but you guys might feel differently. Let me know what you think.

  • UncleFan

    I like the new song better – I think I’m ready for some girl rock. I really like that bloody new video from Yery Band, too:

    • 364Leinad

      Bloody fantastic music video. The female lead is also ultra-hot.

  • Nicole Naeun

    “I’m the Best” sounds like a reject from Lee Hyori’s Monochrome album. It can be either a good or a bad thing, but for me, I think I’ve had enough retro songs from Spica, Ladies’ Code etc.

  • Egbutts Egbust

    Honestly this is a breath of fresh air??? I mean not to get all k-netizen but I was seriously drowning in sexy concepts. Most of them weren’t even that good (AoA was the only good one, IMO) Do you plan on doing a review of Sunmi’s fullvag?

    It’s decent? The idol rap was horrid for me, I wish they brought in unnie yubin and showed them all how to rap perfectly, im so hot!

  • indie bebop >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> current bebop

    thanks for this lovely piece of k-pop info i didn’t know.

    btw jacques, where do i download old k-pop stuff? i go on k2n and similars for new stuff but i can’t find, for example, humming urban stereo discography to download.

  • Auntieruckus

    The only song i heard from them is “today” i like that a lot,this new bepop… Meh.

  • CheckEmBrah

    “Korea’s answer to Perfume, with Humming Urban Stereo serving as their Yasutaka Nakata.”

    I got hard reading that.

    Love Jam and MAEM MAEM are better songs, and even though I’m hugely biased towards Lee Jeereen, as he does not know how to make less than perfect music, I’m still glad they debuted as a rock group. Juwoo is obviously the best member, and if you watch their street performances, you can tell she loves playing guitar and belongs in a band. I’m pretty sure they threw Jiin a bass and had her learn in six months or less, I don’t know about Ayeon, she seems decent at drumming and is a qt, but this doesn’t seem like Juwoo’s first time performing, I wouldn’t be surprised if she was in a band prior to Bebop.

    Do you know anything about the members (other than Jiin) or their company? The fact that they were involved with Jeereen over a year before their debut is honestly really odd.

  • . . .

    hm.. i’ve heard both the old and new bebop. I enjoyed Maem maem, tbh xD Anyway, i still like them either way :)