Amoeba Culture. . . Is On My Mind!

amoebaculturetourOnce I processed (ok, I’m still processing) the news of Zion T.’s departure from Amoeba Culture to a sub-label at YG headed by Teddy, I’m also thinking about Amoeba Culture. This doesn’t seem to be an acrimonious split, and I was happy to see Amoeba Culture’s official statement, which acknowledges their previous relationship:  “During that time Amoeba Culture and Zion. T had a relationship beyond simply being just an agency and an agency artist. We relied on each other, made good music, and spent happy moments together. Thus we feel sorry and regret” (soompi). At the same time, the label wishes him well: “Although we cannot be in the same place together, Amoeba Culture will always support Zion. T’s new challenge as he enters a new environment and unfamiliar field in order to fulfill his dreams” (soompi). I”m concerned about Amoeba Culture and their roster. I have loved Amoeba Culture artists, but with Zion T. leaving, I feel like Amoeba Culture needs more talent, which isn’t easy because talent doesn’t work on trees. I hope that it can continue to operate as an artist-led label.

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kokoberry, “Zion. T Parts Ways With Amoeba Culture, Reportedly Signs With YG Sub-Label.” soompi. 16 Mar 2016.


What I’m Listening To: “씨스루 (See Through),” Primary (feat. Gaeko and Zion T)


Ever so often, I like to share what’s on heavy rotation on my iPod. It isn’t always the newest thing, or the most popular thing, but for some reason this is the stuff that I’m grooving to.  I make no distinction between idol and non-idol Kpop, popular and obscure, mainstream and indie. It’s just what I like, and some info about it. Maybe you might like it too.

What I’m Listening To

This time around, it’s 씨스루 (See Through)  by Primary, featuring Gaeko and Zion T, from Primary and the Messengers Part 3. I was at the end of my monthly allotment on Soribada, and decided to take a chance on Primary. I was especially excited when I saw that Gaeko from Dynamic Duo was featured on the track.

Who Does It

So, who is Primary and where has he been hiding? According to Leesa86, “Primary is a talented producer who has the ability to collaborate with many talented and unique artists to create fresh sounds of music, drawing new talents out of the artists that have never been seen before.” Paloma gushes, “the production in all of [the songs on the album] is flawless, and the instrumentation fantastic.”

I wish I could show you who Primary is, but my intrepid research skills have yielded little beyond the box on his head.  Despite this, and other groovy tunes, Primary remains much of an enigma.

Why I Like It

While Paloma calls the song funky, the bass-line strikes me as more smooth and groovy.  Verses strewn with lounge-like vocals are broken up by a variety of breaks. Mid-tempo raps punctuate the song in ways that do not disrupt the flow of the single.  It’s one of those songs that I instantly liked after hearing the 30-second preview.


Leesa86, “Rapper Primary releases “Stance” featuring Gaeko, Choiza, & Simon D,” allkpop

Palomo, Primary’s Got a Message, seoulbeats