Singles & EPs
Seven-piece K-pop boy band Enhypen weave a vaguely gothic, vampiric concept into their smooth R&B-dance-pop, as on their debut EP, Border: Day One.
Enhypen was the first product of the newly formed Belift Lab, a joint venture between entertainment giants CJ E&M and Big Hit. The group was formed, like many of their peers, via a reality-survival show, in this case I-Land, which aired between June and September 2020. The show's seven winners, who went on to form Enhypen, were Heeseung, U.S.-born Jay, Australia-born Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, leader Jungwon, and Japan-born Ni-ki. Like all K-pop stars, their act was characterized by high production values, top-drawer singing, and tight, ultra-professional "point" choreography. The group's name -- and concept of "connection, discovery, and growth" -- was based on the hyphen, which connects words together. Enhypen were teased by a series of cinematic trailer videos, creating huge hype that pre-sold 300,000 copies of their debut mini-album, Border: Day One. Released in November 2020 in two versions, "Dusk" and "Dawn," it entered the Korean chart at number four, selling a further 95,000 copies in its first week of release. Its lead track was the smooth, eerie "Given-Taken," showcasing a vaguely gothic, vampiric concept in slick R&B-dance-pop. ~ John D. Buchanan