Aespa have released a music video for their brand-new single, ‘Next Level’.
The clip features the four-member girl group, alongside their virtual avatars, performing the fierce dance-pop song in a futuristic world. “I’m on the next level, yeah / I follow the absolute rules / Don’t let go of my hand / Unity is my weapon,” they sing.
‘Next Level’ is a remake of Aussie singer Aston’s 2019 song of the same name, which was featured on the soundtrack of the film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The track’s reworked lyrics continue the story about a virtual world called Kwangya that was first refrenced in Aespa’s debut song ‘Black Mamba’.
“Since we received a lot of love through ‘Black Mamba,’ I wanted to show lots of great music and stages. I’m glad we can show a more powerful performance through ‘Next Level’,” member Ningning said at a press conference for the song’s release, per Soompi. “We tried to show the story that comes after ‘Black Mamba’ with ‘Next Level’.”
‘Next Level’ is the group’s second release of the year, following February’s ‘Forever’, which was a remake of Yoo Young-jin’s 2000 holiday song. In a three-star review, NME’s Ruby C said that the quartet added “feminine touch” to their rendition. “The remake manages to do justice to the original, and may even be a little more believable, thanks to aespa’s sweet, girlish charms,” she added.
aespa were also named as the new global ambassadors of French luxury brand Givenchy in February. The brand’s creative director Matthew M. Williams explained that the artists’ “firm personality and style” influenced their choice, stating that he was “overwhelmed by the energy each member had.”
In other K-pop news, Taeyong of NCT and Baekhyun of EXO recently released a new collaboration called ‘Monroe’. The track, which was inspired by late pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe, features lyrics written by Taeyong and was released on his Soundcloud account.