ARTIST: Kang Daniel
LABEL: Konnect Entertainment
RELEASED: August 3, 2020
There was a point and time where I didn’t like Kang Daniel. It was short lived and I realized he is a precious kitty and needs to be protected from the world. That being said, I wasn’t sure what he was going to give us part of the second installment of the Colors Trilogy. But if the first two tracks that we heard and saw are a taste, we’re in for a nice meal.
Who U Are – Title Track
Usually I quickly grow bored of the latin, 808 beats but the combination of them with Daniel’s vocals worked. As a title track in the height of summer, this was the smartest move. It makes you want to dance away the covid blues and jam. The switch up at the bridge with a trap bass drop was sudden but it didn’t last long enough to mess up the vibe of the track. As for the MV, it was the sexy that people expect from Kang Daniel and I appreciated it. It was nice to see this side of him again because it’s so commanding of your attention. It’s not wonder he was center for WannaOne because his charisma is in your face. The color palette for this was also pleasing to the eye as well as the dancing. A+ for this Danny boy.
To me, Daniel isn’t really a vocalist. But what he does well is work within his parameters. Flash is a song on the R&B side of hip-hop infused Pop. It’s sexy in moments that need to be and Daniel’s falsetto is nice. The verses aren’t strong but the transitions are where the song shines. The beat is what carries this song to where it needs to be and I can fucks with it.
Waves (feat. Simon Dominic & Jamie)
This is what I wanted from Daniel!!! Who knew all he needed was to throw the Busan daddy, Simon, on the track to get it poppin. Even though this dancehall hip-hop track isn’t the title, it was the perfect choice as a pre-release. I mean, it made me interested in what else there was to offer. The addition of Jamie in it was the icing on the cake. The beat makes me want to dance and the melody is nice to follow. The MV was a nice companion to the Who U Are visually. I mean, Simon looked like a whole meal and then some. Feed me daddy.
Runaway (feat. YUMDDA)
For some reason YUMDDA makes me laugh and he was a nice addition. The song isn’t really dynamic though. The moment I stop listening to it I forget what it sounds like. It’s in that island pop house but not really special.
Movie (feat. Dvwn)
At first I though this was a Dvwn song. His voice was the prevalent one and I almost forgot it was a Daniel song. He came across as more of a feature. That being said, the song is a bop. I like the groovy hip-hop vibe it brings. There is a line that is like “bouncy” and I’m def bouncing with it.
I guess this is the closest thing we’re getting to a pop ballad on the EP. When you hear the guitars you know they’re about to get sentimental. I think it would work better if Daniel was a stronger vocalist. It honestly sounds like a song he could have done with Wanna One but was rejected and now he’s doing alone but in reality he needs to support of the others on it. Basically, I’m meh about this.
As Simon Dominic said in Waves, “Shit makes me some type of way”. Welcome back to the sexy, Kang Daniel. When he released Cyan, I wasn’t really impressed and thought that all the legal problems he had prior to his solo debut had messed up what we loved about him while he was in Wanna One. But with Magenta, he showed his charisma is intact and his sound can be more for the grown and sexy. It’s why he’s a noona killer, his sweet face, busan accent and ability to hide his shortcomings as an artist (his vocals) that makes people just fall at his thicc thighs. I see you Kang Daniel, keep bewitching us all.
PRODUCTION: 3/ 5
VOCALS / RAPPING: 2.5/ 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT: 3/ 5
OVERALL: 3/ 5
Least Favorite Track(s): Night
Favorite Track(s): Who U Are, Waves