A year since their last EP We Young, NCT Dream returned this week (Aug. 30) with the title track f their upcoming EP We Go Up (due Sept. 3).
The song brings Dreamies back to the retro vibes they've featured on past songs, and blends them with the hip-hop sound they explored on this year's earlier single "Go," though in a more youthful, ebullient way. Tinny percussion and booming bass drive the track as the members serve up swaggering raps and harmonious vocals, which come to their height during the chorus as the seven declare “we go up” repeatedly.
"We Go Up" was released alongside a music video full eccentric, playful motifs including bubbles and rocket ships. It focuses heavily on the septet's paunchy choreography, and shows the group playing around and enjoying summer as they wave a flag that features the song's title.
The single was co-written by singer-songwriter Bazzi, known for the song "Mine." Member Mark also had a role writing lyrics for “We Go Up.”
NCT Dream is the youth-oriented unit under the NCT umbrella, and features members who are still not legal adults in South Korea. After celebrating his 19th birthday in August, oldest member Mark will now age out, and "We Go Up” will be his final work as a member Dream, though he is still an active member other NCT units 127 and U.
We Go Up will be NCT Dream’s second EP, following last August’s We Young, which peaked on the World Albums chart at No. 3 last September.
NCT is the latest boy band venture from Korean entertainment label SM Entertainment. It features a modular format and changing member structures, and currently features three units -- NCT U, NCT 127, and NCT Dream -- with 18 members. A new group, tentatively dubbed “NCT China,” is expected to debut later this year.
Watch the music video for NCT Dream’s “We Go Up” below.