Any K-pop fans out there from the last, last decade? If you are, then F.CUZ and DMTN/Dalmatian should be very familiar names. The groups debuted in 2010 and 2009, respectively. And are from a time in K-pop that feels so distant now.
While I’m not too sure about the generations in K-pop, I believe 2009-2010 falls within the 2nd Generation. And that is definitely the time I first got caught up in the Korean Wave.
Thankfully, both 2nd gen groups just released fresh music and I will definitely recommend listening to both. (And definitely check out the rest of their discography as well!)
F.CUZ was one of the very first K-pop groups that I began following before their debut. It was around 2009 when I really started looking more into Korean pop music. And F.CUZ was a group that was preparing to debut, so I followed their pre-debut process and have been a fan ever since.
One of the most underrated, but also one of the most resilient groups in K-pop, F.CUZ just released their latest track “Shine” after a two-year hiatus due to members completing their military service.
They’re back with three of the group’s five members with a beautiful ballad.
I’ll probably be doing a whole post on F.CUZ in the future. But it’s been great to see them continuing to make music and perform both in Korea and Japan.
It was also a treat for long-time fans to see all five members of the group together for the first time last year after such a long time. And an extra special treat when the group reunited for a night out including former member Lumin.
No #OT6 F.CUZ photo though, but hopefully in the future. As well as more fresh music from them.
“Never Forget,” Dalmatian (DMTN)
It’s almost perfect to pair these two together as both are really two of the first K-pop groups I ever became a fan of.
DMTN/Dalmatian celebrated their 10th anniversary with member Daniel bringing together all the members (except Jeesu who is serving his mandatory service) for this excellent, nostalgic track.
The bittersweet, romantic track very much fits as a love letter and thank you to the fans who have supported the group who’ve been on hiatus for seven years now.
K-pop has changed dramatically since DMTN released their last single “Safety Zone” in 2013. And for those of us who were there at the start of the last decade, seeing the group releasing this even as just a special treat for the fans is very meaningful.