Weki Meki are one of those group’s who have consistently returned with strong tracks that aren’t the promoted single. Sure, they’ve had some very notable standouts within their discography (Tiki Taka and especially Crush are fantastic) but personally their back catalogue has always been far stronger. Such was the case with June’s Moya Moya, a brilliant summer single that was criminally relegated behind the rather bland Oopsy. Thankfully, new single Cool brings in a new, sleek edge that revitalises Weki Meki’s “Teen Crush” sound in stunning fashion.
For people who know me or have been following the blog for a while, it’s no surprise that I love Cool. The effortless, club assisted groove that much of the track thrives on is one of my favourite musical avenues and my ears are instantly perked when I hear a track that embraces it so well. It’s also one of those songs that manages to live up to its title, coming across as legitimately cool without sounding too try hard or over the top. The distorted electronics coupled with the pounding bass line that open the track are a perfect compliment to Doyeon’s more husky vocals and get Cool off on a very strong foot. The arrangement here feels very ITZY esque, but contains enough musical turns to really standout. It has a hypnotic nature to it, and while it isn’t strictly trance, carries the kind of pounding instrumental and vocal pairing that really transports you into one of those runway fashion shows. And boy do I love it.
But as strong as the production is, it wouldn’t really matter if the central hook were to underwhelm. And thankfully, Cool‘s two part hook is exactly what the track needed to elevate it to another level. The more robotic first part works as a great catchphrase heavy centrepiece that manages to stick so firmly into your consciousness that you’ll remember it long after the track finishes. The more melodic second half lends Cool a more classic soundscape that supplies the track with a greater sense of anthemic heft. It’s all great stuff and while I do wish the performance were a little more refined, amounts to easily my favourite Weki Meki single since 2018’s Crush.
For the past few years there’s always at least one song that takes this kind of dark club beat and creates a stunning single. In 2018, it was SF9’s Now or Never. 2019 saw KNK’s supremely underrated Sunset. And 2020’s flag bearer might just be Cool.
Final Rating: 8.75 / 10