NCT 127 Swaggers with Third Single 'Cherry Bomb'
publish date: 2017-06-15
“I’m the biggest hit on the stage,” NCT 127 proclaims in their thumping electronic hip-hop track “Cherry Bomb.”
On Wednesday (June 14), the K-pop boy band dropped their latest single and an EP by the same name. Not to be confused with Tyler, The Creator’s 2015 album, Cherry Bomb is NCT 127’s third EP since they dropped their debut short-player, Firetruck, last year.
Propulsive and built to be performed on the very stage they’re swaggering about -- there’s even a second, performance-focused version of the single on the album with an added dance break -- “Cherry Bomb” is a complex synth and bass-infused track co-written by NCT 127 rappers Taeyong and Mark.
Accordingly, the single turns the conventional K-pop song-structure on its head, placing an emphasis on rapping over singing, with only a handful of melodic interludes outside of the chanty chorus. Adding in lyrics sampled from a children’s song ( “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands”), “Cherry Bomb” is an adventure in K-pop ingenuity.