Photo credits: Starship Ent


The boys from MONSTA X are back with their new mini-album ‘SHAPE OF LOVE’. Let’s dive right in, because I’ve been waiting for this one!


We start off with the title track ‘LOVE’. This is a 10/10 for a title track. I am utterly in love (LOL). They way they play with rhythm and intensity is insane. I am SO here for it. The vocal layering in some parts was so cool! The part where Minhyuk’s voice and Joohoney’s rap overlap each other was so fun! I really enjoyed the instrumentals, I felt like everyone got their chance to shine.

This was lovely and also really luxurious and sexy.

After that comes the single ‘Burning Up’ featuring R3HAB. I really enjoyed the retro synths in the backing track. The bass in the chorus is funky and I dig it. It’s a really cool synth pop track that is such a smooth listen.

Next up is ‘Breathe’. Another one with an exquisite retro feel. I love the big brass vibes in the instrumentals. This is such a major vibe and I’m digging it. The outro with the actual breaths gave me chills.

‘Wildfire’ is angsty drama wrapped in an intense track. It flitters between impressive orchestration to a deep EDM bass. What an interesting listening experience. Definitely put your good headphones on for the full effect. I could feel that bass all the way to my toes. Joohoney’s rap with the strings and then the addition of the piano chords was next level.

After that comes ‘Love you’. This is a thank you to monbebes. It’s giving major end-of-concert vibes. I need a black and white video with behind-the-scenes footage of concerts and practices. This is the kind of stuff that makes you emotional and nostalgic. The chorus gave me chills.

The closing track is ‘AND’. If you need a perfect build-up of emotion, definitely listen to this cathartic closing song.

Overall ‘SHAPE OF LOVE’ is another fantastic release by MONSTA X. All the songs have their own merit and create a very organic flow throughout the EP.

Go ahead and listen to the mini on Spotify here.

Ilse Van Den Heede
A writer with a slight coffee addiction and a tendency to find K-Indie gems in the YouTube rabbit hole.