I take credit for introducing a number of people to the iconic 4TEN with my post on their “Why” comeback. I remember being slayed, blessed, and blown away by the terrifying amount of plastic surgery one of the rappers had and how ‘visually challenged’ (to put it nicely) the other rapper was.
Well, those two members are now gone, and three prettier girls have sprung up in their place. The group has also changed its name to POTEN (what?), which brings up hideous pictures of deformed farm animals if you punch the word into Google Image search (don’t do it–I learned the hard way).
POTEN’s (I really hate that word) first two singles were just low budget dance-pop tracks, but their cheapness worked to their advantage by helping the best elements of the songs to stand out like diamonds in the rough.
I wasn’t expecting this, but their new single, “Go Easy,” has a much bigger budget to go along with the group’s upgraded visuals. It’s a killer funky house number that’s a welcome change from the recent eurodance singles, and it takes me back to when I was sneaking into clubs at 16 dancing to Hed Kandi compilations, Freemasons singles, and Moto Blanco remixes.
After hearing “Go Easy,” I have to wonder why other girl groups aren’t doing this sound? It’s the perfect middle ground between Korea’s love of old-school disco and funk, and the trendy EDM songs that are dominating the charts these days.
Oh, and before I forget, the sexually-suggestive lyrics about extending the physical ecstasy of lovemaking before the big O is the cherry on top of this fabulous comeback.
Did POTEN seriously just have one of the best girl groups comebacks of the Summer? Crazy.