EXO-SC

SM Entertainment

Who: EXO’s Sehun and Chanyeol How They Differ: While EXO’s rap line has always done a good job of spicing up the group’s most memorable tracks, EXO-SC allows Sehun and Chanyeol their very own time to shine. Both last year’s ‘What a Life’ and this year’s ‘1 Billion Views’ were an essential part of our summer playlists. EXO-SC is a unit that’s truly having fun with music – making them even more fun to listen to!

SM Entertainment

Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi

SM Entertainment

Who: Red Velvet’s Irene and Seulgi How They Differ: While Red Velvet tends to showcase much brighter concepts (‘Zimzalabim,’ ‘Red Flavor’), Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi take on a sound and image much sleeker and darker. The unit shows a new side to both members’ previously displayed charisma. These two make a ‘monster’ we’re not looking to run away from. Can we get a comeback in a few months?

SM Entertainment

Super Junior K.R.Y

SM Entertainment

Who: Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung How They Differ: Super Junior’s size makes it easy for them to cover a range of genres and performance styles, but with that many members, the line distribution gets tricky. Super Junior K.R.Y showcases the group’s premier balladeers – Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung, all known for conveying power and emotion in their solos. Together, they’re a unit whose vocal talent is unmatched!

SM Entertainment

Super Junior D&E

SM Entertainment

Who: Super Junior’s Donghae and Eunhyuk How They Differ: Super Junior is known for their lively performance style, and right in the middle of all that energy are members Donghae and Eunhyuk, so it’s no wonder SM gave them the opportunity to be in their own sub-unit. From the unit’s debut single ‘Oppa Oppa’ to the most recent ‘B.A.D,’ their songs are always ready to show fans a fun time – and have sick choreography to boot!

SM Entertainment

SuperM

SM Entertainment

Who: WayV’s Lucas and Ten, EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, SHINee’s Taemin, NCT’s Taeyong and Mark How They Differ: Prior to the establishment of SuperM, a ‘supergroup’ such as this had never been seen in K-Pop before. It was a risky move, but it’s seemingly paid off, as ‘K-Pop’s Avengers’ are beloved overseas just as much – if not more(?) – than they are back in South Korea. While ‘Jopping’ was a pristine debut, the group keeps getting better and better with every single they release. We’re loving ‘Tiger Inside’s sleek and mysterious concept!

JYP Entertainment

DAY6 Even of Day

JYP Entertainment

Who: DAY6’s Young K, Wonpil, and Dowoon How They Differ: While DAY6’s normal sound expresses the many frustrations of being young (‘Congratulations,’ ‘Shoot Me,’ ‘Zombie’) with angsty lyrics and strong guitar, the group’s Even of Day unit reels back with lighter themes and relaxed vibes. We love how the lullaby-like quality of the unit’s debut single ‘Where The Sea Sleeps’ – not to mention its adorably animated music video!

Fantagio Music

ASTRO MOONBIN X SANHA

Fantagio Music

Who: ASTRO’s Moonbin and Sanha How They Differ: Right now, the ASTRO members are all involved in a number of different projects. MJ, for example, is playing the lead in musical ‘Jamie,’ while Eunwoo is shooting his latest drama. However, ASTRO is not taking individual projects as an excuse to stop promotions. Enter Moonbin and Sanha’s sub-unit, the group’s very first in its four years of activities. We love their performance-heavy, genre-hopping ‘IN-OUT’ album – a definite must-listen for boy group fans.

Dongyo Entertainment

DONGKIZ I:KAN

Dongyo Entertainment

Who: DONGKIZ’s Munik and Jaechan How They Differ: DONGKIZ I:KAN is a sub-unit that we did not expect, but are definitely not complaining over! The unit’s debut single ‘Y.O.U’ has a boyish and fun R&B/pop quality reminiscent of some of our favorite 2nd generation sub-units, including U-KISS’s uBEAT and INFINITE’s INFINITE H. Don’t sleep on DONGKIZ, and definitely don’t sleep on DONGKIZ I:KAN!


Did we leave your favorite unit out? What’s been your favorite unit release this year?


by the theQoos