Every day until the end of March, we’ll highlight one of our favorite kpop boy group vocalists on a countdown to #1.
Pointing his way to the number 26th spot issss..
Kim Wooseok of UP10TION and X1!
Produce X 101 is what made Kim Wooseok well known to international kpop stands, but his group UP10TION has been around since 2015. Under the name Wooshin, Wooseok helped to define their sound. His unique voice has always stood out to me, and one of my favorite examples of what he brings to their music are his lines in the back half of the chorus of Midnight.
I love this song all about getting your love interest to stay over on a Saturday night. It’s smooth and sexy right from the start, but once Wooseok’s part kicks in, the tune gets a whole new feeling.
With his scratchy reverb and velvety tone, Wooseok manages to sound sensual and sweet at the same time. Suddenly, the song feels a little more coy. It’s like stay with me, girl, maybe we’ll just cuddle and talk all night or maybe we’ll find other ways to pass the time, wink wink.
In his solo music, Wooseok’s dichotomy comes into full focus. His delivery of the lyrics to Red Moon conjures thoughts of breathless arousal. It registers in the same place as fingers brushing delicately over sensitive skin.
Flip over to Sugar, and his voice sounds like a shy smile. The unique texture Wooseok brings to the song prevents things from devolving into complete bubble gum, keeping the feel of the track flirty, sunny and fun.
You can hear similar effects in What Are You Up to Tonight? His floaty high and warm mid-register notes combine to perfectly convey lyrics about making the first overtures to a love interest. And through the same expressive stylings he communicates bittersweet nostalgia in Memories, a duet with fellow X1 member Lee Eunsang.
While Wooseok may not have the biggest, boldest voice in kpop, but you can’t argue with the fact that it’s one of the most unique. And for that he’s found a place on our favorite vocalists list. Check out our YouTube playlist with the songs I mentioned and come back tomorrow to meet #25.
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