Up & Coming: NCT 127

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Chances are that if you listen to K-pop, you’ve heard NCT 127’s  “소방차 Fire Truck,” since everyone has been playing it lately. NCT 127 has been topping charts since their debut. NCT 127 is a subunit of NCT, which stands for Neo Culture Technology. NCT has an indefinite amount of members and rotating subunits. “NCT is a team focused on infinite expansion and enlargement,” says NCT 127 member Mark in their show “aBOUT NCT 127”. The subunit NCT 127, however, has fixed members and is considered a base unit.

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NCT 127 Members

(Left to Right: Haechan, Jaehyun, Taeyong, Mark, WinWin, Yuta, Taeil)

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Taeil

Full Name: Moon Taeil (문태일)

Age: 22

Position: Vocalist

Nationality: Korean

 

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Taeyong

Full Name: Lee Taeyong (이태용)

Age: 21

Position: Leader

Nationality: Korean

 

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Yuta

Full Name: Nakamoto Yuta (中本 悠太)

Age: 20

Position: Rapper

Nationality: Japanese

 

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Jaehyun

Full Name: Jung Yoonoh (정윤오)

Age: 19

Position: Vocalist

Nationality: Korean

 

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WinWin

Full Name: Dong Sicheng (董思成)

Age: 18

Position: Dancer

Nationality: Chinese

 

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Mark

Full Name: Lee Minhyung (이민형)

Age: 17

Position: Rapper

Nationality: Canadian

 

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Haechan

Full Name: Lee Donghyuk (이동혁)

Age: 16

Position: Maknae (youngest)

Nationality: Korean

 

Releases

NCT 127’s first (and so far only) album “NCT #127 – The 1st Mini Album ” was released July 10, consisting of 7 tracks. They also released a single with Coca-Cola called “Taste The Feeling” on July 29.

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NCT #127 – The 1st Mini Album

  1. 소방차 Fire Truck

“소방차 Fire Truck” is the title track of the album. It’s a very upbeat electronic track. This song is quite complex and has a lot of layers; so if you listen closely you’ll hear many different sounds and loops in the background.

You can watch the music video here:

Watch them perform “소방차 Fire Truck” for their debut stage on KBS Music Bank here:

  1. Once Again 여름 방학

“Once Again 여름 방학” is a major change in pace from “소방차 Fire Truck.” It’s a melodic, happy song. A nice thing about this song is you can hear all the members, including the rappers, show off their singing abilities.

Watch them perform “Once Again 여름 방학” as part of their debut stage on KBS Music Bank:

  1. Wake Up

“Wake Up” starts off slow, but builds up into an electronic dance track. However, it’s softer than “소방차 Fire Truck,” so some people might prefer “Wake Up.”

  1. Another World

One thing I love about “Another World” is how smoothly it transitions from “Wake Up.” They both have similar beats and lyrics (i.e. “Let’s just wake up this world” in “Wake Up.”)

  1. Paradise

“Paradise” is my personal favorite from this album. I love how the melody is soothing yet complex. The lyrics are also really sweet.

“Holding your small hand that’s prettier than the ocean

This place where

we’re dreaming the same dream

is paradise, paradise.” (English lyrics from kbeat.net)

  1. Mad City

This song is really special because Mark and Taeyong wrote “Mad City” when they were still trainees. It’s has a more dark, hip-hop sound compared to the rest of the album. “Mad City” expresses the feelings and frustrations the members had before their debut.

  1. Switch (feat. SR15B) [Bonus Track]

“Switch” received a lot of attention from fans because it features SR15B. “SR15B” stands for “SM ROOKIES 2015 Boys.” For those that have been following SM’s rookies for a while and waiting for their debuts, this was definitely a treat. “Switch” is a great song to end the album with, since it’s sweet and upbeat.

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Taste The Feeling

NCT 127 recently released a new single called “Taste The Feeling.” You can watch the (adorable) music video here:

NCT’s goal is to stand out and be different in the K-pop world. With their appealing concepts, intriguing music, and ever-changing members, they do just that. NCT 127 is a group you’ll want to keep an eye out for in the future! Of course, I might be a little biased since they stole my heart… But there’s no denying their popularity. After all, “NCT #127 – The 1st Mini Albumhas been in the top 3 on Gaon Music Chart since it was released.

Just the facts: Social media edition

If you want to learn more about NCT 127, you can watch their show “aBOUT NCT 127” on V LIVE

  • Get “NCT #127 – The 1st Mini Album” on iTunes
  • Listen to “NCT #127 – The 1st Mini Album” on Spotify

Final Thoughts

Do you have a favorite member? Is there a song you particularly like from this album?

One thought on “Up & Coming: NCT 127

  • October 11, 2016 at 11:45 am
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    My bestie just got me the physical album!!! I love them so much, taeil is my bias :))

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