Groovy never felt as good as it does in BTOB's "Movie." The K-pop septet released their new single on Monday (March 6), their first since last year's "Pray (I'll Be Your Man)."
The funk-pop song was co-written by members Ilhoon, Minhyuk and Peniel, and is the lead track off their newly released 10th EP, Feel'Em. Draped in brassy, snappy instrumentals and sleek synths, "Movie" incorporates distorted vocals and smooth rap verses over the retro-tinged melody.
While the lyrics refer to wanting a romance like a "Movie" plot, the music video for BTOB's latest single takes things quite literally. The seven men appear as actors on set, and reenact scenes from famous Hollywood films, including Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, 8 Mile, and Suicide Squad. Ilhoon, who took the lead in writing the song, plays a creepy Joker whose goal to set the world on fire doesn't end when the music stops. (Literally.)
Feel'eM was released on March 6, although the group dropped their pre-release soaring ballad "Someday" on Feb. 24. The album contains three other songs -- all of which were co-written by members of BTOB.
The boy band debuted under Cube Entertainment in 2012 and, since a shift in their musical style in 2014, have gained a reputation in South Korea for their impressive vocal displays and creative input into their songs. Though they've had little impact on Billboard charts in recent years, BTOB has a sizeable following internationally and came Stateside last summer to participate in KCON NY.
After a tumultuous 2016 saw Highlight (formerly BEAST) leave the agency and 4Minute disband, BTOB is the oldest remaining idol group under CUBE Entertainment. Along with BTOB, the agency also houses prominent K-pop soloists HyunA and Hyunseung, who have collaborated as the successful project team TroubleMaker, and the newer acts CLC and Pentagon.
Watch the music video for "Movie" here: