In order to prepare the world for his upcoming mixtape KRNB, R&B aritst Jinbo dropped his first single, “Damn.” The track is not only a salacious re-interpretation of Girls’ Generation‘s hit “Gee,” it’s also a sensual and soulful response to one of South Korea’s most famous pop songs.
KRNB is a collection of altered and renovated hits of the past and present, with Jinbo’s own stripped down, retro-influenced production flowing below re-written K-pop lyrics. “The type of chords that are used in recent K-Pop just doesn’t speak to me,” says Jinbo. “I just thought there’s another way to present these great records.”
By the way, these aren’t rewrites of one verse or two. Jinbo re-composed, re-produced and re-coordinated the tracks on KRNB into groovy, throwback gems. For example, the bubbly, electropop tune “Gee” transformed into “Damn” once Jinbo had his way with it—a stripped-down production featuring some hot ‘n heavy dialogue, to be specific. Look forward to additional reinterpretations by Jinbo, like Taeyang‘s “I Need a Girl” and BoA‘s “Game,” when the full release appears later this month.
After having worked with Korean hip-hop artists such as Drunken Tiger, Epik High, Dynamic Duo, Dok2, and The Quiett, Jinbo’s debut full-length album Afterwork was where his talent for writing, mixing and producing began to really stand out. The album even won him the R&B/Soul Album of the Year award at the 2010 Korea Music Awards. Through his personal label Superfreak Records, Jinbo plans to produce more concept-driven projects like KRNB.
KRNB will be available for free download on August 29 2012 via Jinbo’s Bandcamp page.