By Ines Min
The renowned Yoon Do-hyun
Band (YB) announced their latest project, a mini-album, affiliates said Tuesday.
One of Korea's most famous musical groups, YB worked with the underground electronic Risque Rhythm Machine (RRM) to create two new tracks and revamp older hits.
YB's eighth album to date and the band's first release in more than a year, the five-track "YB vs RRM" release breaks down barriers between the rock and electronic genres.
Only two songs from the record will be completely new, though fans can look forward to innovation from the decade-old group. The lyrics for "Sneakers" was compiled from replies to a message sent out on Twitter, asking followers to upload the first word that comes to mind when they hear the word.
"Untruth" focuses on the unfortunate social conditions still prevalent around the world, pairing the heavy subject material with fast beats and concise melodies.
The remaining three songs are previous hits from the rock group, re-envisioned by RRM. YB's cover of "Blood Type", originally sung by legendary Russian rocker Victor Tsoi, has been set to psychedelic synthesizer with interludes of guitar solos. The new version now runs at a lengthy 8 minutes and 30 seconds.
"Stay Alive" was also redone by the electronic group as well as "I'm a Butterfly" (now remade as "A Flying Butterfly
YB, which has a penchant for recording albums in foreign languages, is one of Korea's most well-known rock groups. Named after frontman Yoon Do-hyun
― who worked as a solo artist before joining the band ― they peaked in fame during the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by the country with Japan. During that time, their biggest hit was "Oh Pilseung Korea" and was dubbed by media outlets as the representative sound of the games.