Music Monday | SOLE — RIDE (Feat. Thama)

Music Monday | SOLE — RIDE (Feat. Thama)

Hello friends~ I’m back after taking a week or two off~ I’m feeling a bit more refreshed~ Actually, I did intend to post this last week…but I was just hella out of it. It’s all good~ I’m back with another song recommendation for Music Monday~ We’re in fall/autumn now. The weather is getting cooler, and I’m just really feeling some chill, feel-good and just hella easy-going vibes right now. So today’s recommendation is a chill K-R&B track. Today’s track is SOLE’s ‘RIDE’, which features THAMA.

SOLE (쏠), aka 이소리/Lee Sori, is a Korean R&B soloist. She debuted in 2017 under Devine Channel. Apparently Devine Channel is a team of songwriters and producers that have worked with some relatively big names in K-Pop like: EXO, VIXX, TWICE, Super Junior, SHINee, f(x), etc. They even worked on BTS’s [‘FIRE (불타오르네)’]. She’s currently signed under Dynamic Duo’s Amoeba Culture, and is labelmates with [HA:TFELT] (aka Ye Eun/Yenny of Wonder Girls),[snzae (Kim Sun Jae)], Thama, and Rose de Penny. Fun fact, some well-known names previously under Amobea Culture also include: CRUSH, Zion.T, and Supreme Team (which Simon Dominic was a part of). She’s one of my favorite more recent female KRNB vocalists~ She just has such a beautiful, sultry, and soulful voice. I also just love all of her songs. She’s also been featured on so many different songs, many with her fellow labelmates. My favorites would include: [‘음음 Mm Mm(Prod. Cosmic Boy)’], [‘Slow’], [‘haPPiness’], [‘LOVIN’ U (Feat. pH-1)’], [‘Stay With Me 곁에 있어줘 (Feat. 원슈타인 Wonstein)’], [‘왜 (Why) (Feat. 개코 Gaeko)’], [‘GOOGLE MAP (Feat. THAMA, Don Mills)’], and [Big Naughty’s ‘Frank Ocean (Feat. SOLE)’]. ‘음음 Mm Mm(Prod. Cosmic Boy)’ is probably my top favorite song from her though~ I absolutely adore both the original and acoustic versions. Also, she was one of the writers for Taeyeon’s [‘To The Moon’]. Which is funny, because I remember hearing it and thinking it sounded like a very SOLE-like song, and thinking that the background vocals sounded like SOLE’s voice. I remember thinking, “Man, this would’ve really fit SOLE, it sounds so much like her kind of track.” Then it was like, “SURPRISE!” Cuz she wrote it LMAO

THAMA (따마), aka 조정민/Jo Jungmin, is also a Korean R&B soloist. He debuted independently back in 2014. I think he was also under Devine Channel as well. However, he is now also currently signed to Amoeba Culture. I love his vocals. They’re very soothing, relaxing, yet soulful. I don’t remember when exactly I discovered his music. I’m pretty sure I was just randomly going through KRNB tracks on Spotify and came across a track with him and SOLE. He’s done a lot of collabs and features, including with many of my favorite Korean hip-hop and KRNB artists. Some collabs include: SOLE, Dynamicduo, George, JUNE, Verbal Jint, GSoul, and more. He just recently dropped his album [Don’t Die Colors]. I absolutely adore [‘Blessed’], which features GSoul. I highly recommend the whole album if you’re into chill and soulful sounds and vibes. Some other tracks that I like and recommend would include: [Cosmic Boy’s ‘About Time (Feat. Giriboy and THAMA)’], [Cosmic Boy’s ‘남아 NAM A (Feat. THAMA, SOLE, Kim Seungmin)’], [SOLE’s ‘SAME (Feat. THAMA)’], [‘LAND (Feat. nafla)’], [‘Do It For Love (Feat. GEORGE)’], and [Dynamicduo’s ‘Return (Feat. THAMA)’]. THAMA and SOLE seem to collab a lot. I ain’t mad though, cuz I love their collabs since it always sounds good~

Artist: SOLE (쏠) Feat. THAMA ( 따마)
Single: RIDE
Genre: K-R&B, Soul, K-Pop
Language: Korean
Origin: South Korea
Release: November 2017

‘RIDE’ was released back in November 2017. It was actually SOLE’s debut track. It’s a smooth, feel-good K-R&B track. I love the beat of the track, and I love that it’s kind of minimal. It’s not overwhelming, but it still has the soul and groove to it. There’s also just this kind of light, bright, fun, and feel-good vibe to it. I also just adore both SOLE’s and THAMA’s vocals in this track. I always find myself swaying along and bobbing my head to this track. Honestly, I think it’s a great summer track. However, I also feel like it’s a nice track for the fall too. I feel like it kind of suits the vibes of the cooler fall days after the hot summer days. I can also just envision vibing to this track while taking a drive or bike ride on a nice autumn day too. I also just really relate to the vibe of this track. The track itself is about when you’re feeling tired, frustrated, and probably a bit lonely. But then getting an invitation to go out on a bike ride, enjoying the nice weather, and each other’s company.

You can listen to ‘Ride’ on Spotify, here:

You can listen to ‘Ride’ on YouTube, here:


THE MUSIC VIDEO & LYRICS

The music video is pretty simple and fun. It just shows SOLE taking her dad’s (?) car and going on a ride/trip with her friends. It’s a fun trip with the girls as they enjoy the scenery, vibes, and each other’s company. It also shows them meeting some guys and making some new friends~ I love the shots of the scenery around them and the drive. It’s pretty. It’s a simple, but cute video. It makes me miss hanging out with my friends since we used to do things like that.

Lyric translations are on this live perf~

Again, it’s a chill, fun, and feel-good track. You know, sometimes we feel tired, frustrated, and lonely from our daily lives and routines. But sometimes, we just need a break to go and enjoy ourselves, our surroundings, and the company around us. It helps us feel more refreshed. Plus, it’s always good to try to enjoy the little things. Even if it’s just the weather and a simple bike ride with some company that you enjoy.


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Yay! That’s my track recommendation for the day~ I hope y’all enjoyed it. I really do love SOLE and THAMA. Although I think that they’re somewhat known within the K-R&B community, I still think that they’re kind of underappreciated. So I wanted to share their music with y’all~ I just thought it really fit in well with this transition of going from summer to fall too~ Just wanted to spread some chill and fun vibes with y’all~ Plus, it made me think of hanging out with my friends. I miss them since I haven’t seen or hung out with anyone since like December 2019. I legit haven’t seen one of my besties since summer 2019… Anyway, did you like the track? Were you guys familiar with SOLE or THAMA? Also, so you guys have recommendations of similar tracks? Let me know in the comments, my socials, or come chat with me in the BAYOG Discord server~

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