July 3, 2014


f(x) Are K-Pop's Top Hipsters With New Single "Red Light"

We wondered how f(x) would follow up their funky ode to wisdom teeth "Rum Pum Pum Pum" since last summer, and today the K-pop faves make their return with another left-field pop tune.

"Red Light" opens with a production mixing a ticking clock, stadium-sized clapping and phat bass line as the girls spit confident coos with a few mantras peppered in ("Under the rule of the jungle, the weak get eaten," sings member Krystal). By the one-minute mark, the track has evolved to its hyperactive, synth-pop chorus featuring the girls' signature harmonies embellished with digitally-altered vocal blips and bloops. It's still pop, but all done in a clever way that makes it all feel way cooler than your typical bubblegum jam and forces you to listen very carefully for all the sonic elements. How's that for some hip kind of pop?

Any love for "Red Light" is sure to grow tenfold after one watches its accompanying video—with more than a million views in less than 12 hours. The girls' style changes from A Clockwork Orange-esque suits to G.I. Jane military-babe gear plus a slew of high-fashion pieces seen throughout the visual.

"Red Light" is title track from f(x)'s upcoming third full-length album, dropping July 7. Last summer's Pink Tape LP made Fuse's 41 Best Albums of 2013 so our hopes are very high for another quality record.