Hello Venus Get Cocky With Trashy Techno Throwback 'I'm Ill'
Trashy Fun Some Old-School Flavour Without Being Too Outdated
Fairly GenericBig Step Down From 'Wiggle Wiggle' Feels More Like a Random Dance Collabo Than a Real Single
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Hello Venus have been struggling to find their own sound since revamping their lineup and image last year. The sexy “Sticky Sticky” was a standard Brave Brothers cut-and-paste job, while “Wiggle Wiggle” was trashy enough for novelty song stanning but also different enough to legitimately love.

“Wiggle Wiggle” made some minor waves but ultimately didn’t work out like the Gummi Venus de Milos were hoping, so now the girls are playing it safe again by hopping on this summer’s EDM trend with their new single, the Brave Brothers-produced “I’m Ill.”

“I’m Ill” has some modern EDM elements to it and it definitely owes a lot to T-ara’s “Sugar Free,” both in sound and concept, but it still feels quite vintage in a way that Brave’s other big dance single right now, AOA’s “Heart Attack,” does not.

When listening to “I’m Ill, ” I feel like I’m transported back to the ’90s and early ’00s when Eurodance and Hi-NRG were all the rage. I think of someone like Lee Jung Hyun, who used the sound to become Korea’s Queen of Techno.

I also love the unashamedly cocky lyrics, which are more knowingly tongue-in-cheek than most of K-pop’s “Look at me I’m hot!” girl group songs.

All of you lonely men, come and check me out, tell me how cool I am,” Hello Venus sing. “Everyone tells me I’m prettier and prettier… I’m pretty from the beginning! Don’t you know?

Well, they are one of the prettiest girl groups out right now. Why not brag about it?

The concept for the music video is just “Sugar Free” with short skirts and sex appeal, and whoever decided to make the English title “I’m Ill” instead of the originally reported “I’m Art” just missed out on having the best song title of the year. Regardless, this is another solid summer comeback and a good look for Hello Venus, who should book a lot of festivals and events with this sound.

I can see it now: DJ Doc’s annual 19+ rated pool party featuring AOA and T-ara as headliners, supported by Nine Muses, Hello Venus, Minx, and Stellar. The hottest girl groups performing the hottest EDM tracks during one wild night!

  • T-rollypoly

    Love the song and their faces…and their bodies too of course. Yeah it sounds generic but it made me do some awkward dancing and fist pumping nonstop so it still deserves my stanning. 7.5/10 compared to the 12/10 Wiggle Wiggle.

  • MIKEE

    Ugh it just doesn’t go completely “Sugar Free” like I need it to. Now the club remix on the other hand is all that and more (it takes me back to high school, in the best way possible). Also every song on the album is better than I’m Ill, there’s sexy 90’s r&b/pop and even a early 00’s Missy throwback. Either way I still stan and will continue to blindly follow HelloPenus until the day I die.

  • culchan

    Wait, Sistar doesn’t get invited to the pool party even though DJ DOC was in “So Cool” and sang with Hyorin in the most epic “Immortal Song 2” runner-up performance ever? Man, that’s cold as ice.

    • Nana’s Disco Stick

      err, Sistar hasn’t done any legit EDM songs tho. So Cool came So Short of hitting that EDM mark. but adding them to lineup would mean more people will come so i guess they could be added (to attract more people to watch our flop kweens)

      • culchan

        I’m not quite sure where pop ends and EDM begins, but I’d definitely put “Hot Place” and perhaps “How Dare You” in the mix.

      • Marhaebwa

        All of the EDM comes from their flawless remixes.

    • SISTAR are too big for my hypothetical trashy pool party, and their sound has evolved since their low budget electropop days <3

      • culchan

        Hahaha, that just conjured a mental image of SISTAR in the studio, strung out on cigarettes and meth, trying to cobble together filler for their next mini-album. Soyu comes up with the chorus for a generic dance track, and Bora throws it back at her saying “FUCK YOU, we don’t DO that shit anymore!”

  • Nana’s Disco Stick

    awww, i was seriously hoping they’re gonna use that noise they made with Wiggle Wiggle and amp it up.

    it does sound a bit generic tho, ever since T-kweens slayed the kpop scene with EDM, everyone else that followed suit somehow sounded the same is Sugar Flawfree… :

    AND I SERIOUSLY NEED A REHASH OF SEOYOUNG’S WAR CRY FROM WIGGLE WIGGLE! biggest letdown of the year, imo

  • byoing~byoing.

    Seoyoung is my new bias. Sorry Lime, even though you’re Eunji (9Muses) 2.0, I can’t look pass the future ~*icon*~ bagel girl. Plus she just looks so god damn happy to be performing; her attitude and smile are simply infectious.

    • My bias trinity is Alice, Nara, and Seoyoung. Seoyoung is so iconic,

    • Marhaebwa

      All hail Dolphin Queen Seoyoung.

      LIME Still slays.

  • MolkangMolkang

    Banshee Goddess Seoyoung’s new hair looks so good even if I miss the blonde.

    Songs decent, I downloaded it since I’m always up for generic dance songs for the treadmill. Wish they’d change it up a little though.

    • diamonddog

      Banshee Goddess?! That… is amazing. Ha!

  • William Love

    The club remix is giving serious flashbacks to some of my most distasteful nights in the club as a teenager and I love it

  • Apink butthole

    I love thashy songs, and this song gives me a really half assed, but wig snatching kesha’s ‘Take It Off’ 2011 party remix that I used to hear in clubs when I was 16 and was illegal for me to be there

  • BadB*tch

    Ya, its good but Sugar Free was betterrrrrr. This does remind me of the good ol days but still fresh

  • This song made me a Hello Venus stan. Lime has always been my bias because she’s awesome. I love her Monsters Inc. hair! Yeoreum is so adorable.

  • Quang Phạm

    Lime’s hair is perfection. The verses are fine but I hate the cheap instrumental in the chorus.

  • Sunny

    i don’t usually say this but this has got to be the worst kpop song i’ve heard all year. It gave me a real life migraine >_<

    aside from Wiggle Wiggle, the post Yoonjo/Ara title tracks have been awful. RIP Hello Venus

  • KingBeaArthur

    Alice looks like a goddess and I would marry her, move to China, and open a French patisserie this second if I could! That said: this song isn’t dong it for me. It goes nowhere, and actually comes off boring imo.

    “Sugar Free” >>>>

  • of course sugar free is better guys, but this is amazing too. it’s ridiculously fun and such a guilty pleasure! the club mix is even better… and the ep is amazing! show window deserved single treatment and lime’s line on whatcha talk about are =OOOO

  • Tristan Angelo Nolasco

    Nara’s finally singing live ♥ … Seoyoung should be a main though… Love her eardrum popping high notes

  • oneclearnight

    At first I hated this but it’s actually really catchy. Obviously Sugar Free is superior.

    They look INCREDIBLE. Visual-dols!!! Alice <3333

  • Nicole Naeun

    CHEAP TRASH

  • Jaehyus

    There’s something about Alice. It’s like they dropped a WASP into the group, but Korean.

  • Colton Anderson

    Absolutely in LOVE with this song. Trashy? Yeah no, not at all. One of the best I have ever heard. And with this new look and that outfit in the video Soshi is by far my new bias. Soooooooooooooo sexy <3