It’s been a comparatively quiet yr for Okay-pop boy band EXO release-wise, however the widespread act is lastly again with their fifth album, Don’t Mess Up My Tempo. Released Friday (Nov. 2), the group’s fifth Korean LP is fronted by eclectic lead single “Tempo.”
The track, sarcastically sufficient, is a tempo-shifting dance monitor that blends funky rap with a capella and groovy, often bed-squeaking synths. A vibrant soundscape stuffed with contradictions, it concurrently emphasizes EXO’s highly effective vocals by way of sleek harmonizing and a rhythmic hook, whereas additionally distorting them intensely with heavy-handed Auto-Tune bridges.
The track was initially teased with biker gang-inspired imagery, however the music video for “Tempo” takes the 9 members of EXO right into a dramatic, glitchy set of scenes the place they work together with luxurious and cubic objects, as a helmeted determine roams the world. The group's choreography is playful and stuffed with vitality, with punching, dabbing and flexing taking part in a job.
"Tempo" was launched in each Korean and Chinese variations and marks the return of Chinese member Lay after over a yr with out him being a part of EXO's group releases. This week noticed him turn out to be the highest-ranked Mandopop star to ever seem on the Billboard 200 when his NAMANANA solo album went to No. 21.
Don’t Mess Up My Tempo is EXO’s first Korean launch as a full group since final December’s Universe and follows January’s Japanese Electric Kiss album. Overall, the brand new album continues EXO’s custom of clean dance tracks that mix highly effective electronica and R&B parts, whereas choosing up the place previous albums left off, corresponding to by “Gravity” opening with groovy synths paying homage to final yr’s “Power” and album-closer “Oasis” that includes a tantalizing beat much like that of Exodus’ “El Dorado.” Chanyeol is credited as a co-writer on the disco and funk-fueled "Gravity" and the mild "With You." Bazzi, LDN Noise and The Underdogs’ Harvey Mason Jr. even have writing credit on the album.
The new launch noticed over 1.1 million pre-sales in Korea, and EXO's official Twitter account shared on Oct. 31 that it marks the group as a "quintuple million vendor" of albums, an astronomical feat nowadays the place streaming is king.
Since their begin in 2012 and rise to the highest of the Okay-pop world, EXO has seen two albums seem on the Billboard 200, with final yr's The War peaking at No. 87 on the chart dated Aug. 5, 2017.
Watch the music video for EXO’s new single “Tempo” right here: