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Nu ABO (from Nu ABO – 2010)

Hailed as a “reverse beat” dance track, Nu ABO is what I would consider f(x)’s first real experimental single. The instrumental is quite a feat, looping a flipped synth riff with stomping percussion and filtered crowd cheers. This creates a fascinating texture and tense atmosphere. The track cuts and splices samples in a Frankenstein manner, yet the central melody is strong enough to ensure the track never completely falls off the rails.

And, Nu ABO grows even more daring as it goes on. Its second half jettisons some of the existing structure to make room for a standout vocal performance that pierces a hole though the otherwise claustrophobic production. Melodically, the track is fueled by a creeping refrain – catchy but a little sinister as well. It’s a great match for f(x), and heralded their embrace of daring pop sounds.

 Hooks 8
 Production 10
 Longevity 9
 Bias 8
 RATING 8.75

~ Rest in peace, Sulli. We will forever be grateful for the incredible music and spirit you left behind ~

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