• http://twitter.com/sebsobandsky Sabah

    One of the main reasons I love Kpop is for the awesome choreography!  I find that it is featured less and less nowadays in MV but that might just be because I don’t really follow any of the newer bands (only because I am really old and find it uncomfortable watching younger boys and girls do ‘modern’ steps…) so maybe just the bands who I follow, understandably they might not want to dance around so much anymore because they are getting older? bored? portray a more mature persona? *ahem*

    Kpop has some superb dancers (also I would be really grateful for recommendations of excellent dancers from non-mainstream Korean music or even older performances that rocked, thanks) so when I heard about this collaborative effort, especially Eun Hyuk and Hyoyeon, I was really excited, however…

    Although it wasn’t terrible, I can not deny that I was very much disappointed.  It’s like getting Nigella Lawson to cook your dinner and asking her for beans on toast. Nothing really new or noteworthy. Of course it was all proficiently done to a very high and polished standard, but even they didn’t look like they were having any fun with it.  For me it was a missed opportunity.

    • Gaya_SB

      Not sure if this was what you had in mind, but we have covered dance company Prepix in the past: http://seoulbeats.com/2012/05/dancing-away-with-prepix/

      • http://twitter.com/sebsobandsky Sabah

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.  I’m interested in anything really. Being someone who can actually trip up over herself, I stand in awe (when I’m not falling over) of people who can move so elegantly. Currently I am going through SB’s archive but seeing that this is from May, I actually missed it, so I am very much obliged. Thank you.

        • Gaya_SB

          Not a problem! I remember going through going through the archives on the site when I first found it too :)

  • http://twitter.com/LucidBom Lina

    LuHan speaks Korean rather well doesn’t he? Could it perhaps be another reason why they chose him over Lay~? That’s at least what I thought at first. 

  • http://twitter.com/PhanTheHotness Jenny

    i thought this song would have suited EXO a lot better. Pretty much everything screamed EXO. would have been nice if it was on their album (which we are still waiting for SM…)

    eunhyuk and henry really carried the mv and song along with hyoyeon when she appeared. you can tell they were veterans.

    taemin, sorry but, him as a main singer just made me laugh. sure he made some improvements, but….no, just stick to dancing. 

    kai is actually not that bad as rapping, according to SM standards, and i think his best moments were went he wasn’t sitting on his gold throne. he looked really awkward staring at the camera. wasn’t really engaging. 

    luhan, bless him for being so likeable, but yes, lay would have been a better fit without a doubt.
    there is a reason why he’s the main dancer. he has more powerful moves and is very sharp in his dancing. he’s also very good at freestyling. on the other hand, luhan can memorize the choreo, but that’s really all. in the mv, i thought he was the weakest link. 

    if this was an exo song, lay would have definitely been up and center

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      The fact that you endorse Kai’s rapping but not Taemin’s singing is amusing to me… :P

    • kurdoodle

      I think that Taemin deserved the other main singer role.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

        I agree, Taemin really impressed me. He’s defiantly improved over the years but he has always had this very shaky voice to me if that makes sense, but recently he’s stopped doing that so I can tell his voice is developing. He sounded great to me. 

    • lokifairy

      there are so many things wrong with your comments I don’t even know where to start

  • Mer

    If I lived in Korea this seeing this type of crap would annoy me to no end.  And what’s up with the curly dry blond hair?  Other than those 2 irritating things.  The dancing was on point, it better be they’re supposed to be the best of the best.  Clean. Oh. 1 more, Taemin in the car… awkwaaarrrdddd.

  • Mika_San123

    Luhan, Goldilocks called. She wants her hair back. It’s OK though, Luhan. I shall immediately resume squealing over your adorableness once you change your hair.

    The whole unit was rather disappointing, honestly. It was such a great concept, so many of my biases (from their respective groups) were in the unit, and SM had the potential to do something spectacular with the choreography, but the choreography was so… normal. I’m not saying the steps were easy, but they were basically doing the same dances individually. I would’ve liked to see them dance together, in like a formation, something a dance crew would do, where everyone’s doing something different, but it all comes together as a big picture. I thought SM had been doing pretty well with that type of choreography, to name a few: “Sherlock”, “Only One”, “Catch Me”, so I was rather disappointed that Younique didn’t get the same.

    • Gaya_SB

      “Sherlock” and “Catch Me” were actually choreographed by Tony Testa, while “Only One” is a Nappytabs creation. “Dubstep” I think was in-house choreography (please correct me if I’m wrong) and seeing that “Maxstep” is an extension of that…

      • Mika_San123

        Ohhhh… Makes a lot more sense now. I was only thinking of SM, as in SM artist… Completely forgot about the hired choreographers… Thanks!

        But I wish they would’ve hired an outside choreographer then. LOL

        • Gaya_SB

          Not a problem!

          I think SM really needs to look into getting some PD training for their employees lol

  • muggle87

    its alright…. i just feel like it could’ve been so much more.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I just thought all the shots with them sitting next to piles of money were ridiculous. xP

  • GracefulCassieShapley

    This sounds like a heavier and more electronic synth filled “Two moons”/”Mama”/KYHD rehash. Also, I was expecting a lot more with the choreography…considering they had enuhyuk, Taemin, Kai, and hyoyeon with them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    I wasn’t surprised Luhan was picked for this. I was surprised that people were surprised, and outraged, even. Lay is the dancer for EXO-M, and his child star past in China makes him popular there, but Luhan and Kris are the most popular EXO-M members anywhere, certainly more popular than some EXO-K members in Korea, even. It’s not a surprise that Luhan and Kris are getting their own little solo times at the spotlight, with Luhan getting picked for Younique and Kris doing an OST song for BoA’s “Cobu” movie.

    With that said, “Maxstep” is a hot mess, and I take it as a chance to appreciate Henry and Hyoyeon getting to do something. I was so proud when I heard Henry doing those Changmin-esque high notes. GO MOCHI, GO!

    • ni99a

      No, he didn’t.

  • Sentimental Muffin

    The choreo seemed very last minute to me. It’s like doing an assignment the night before. The job was done but it’s just satisfactory.
    It could have been really fresh.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

    I didn’t have much high expectations for it but I feel like they could have used the people they had in this group to do so much more. They some great dancers in this group, when I heard that they were going all be in the same sub unit the only high expectation I had of them was that they would have amazing choreography but it was a pretty mediocre routine, there some good parts to it but defiantly not when I expected. I feel like my expectations for pretty far to, i didn’t expect amazing singing or rapping but I did think they would at least show case their dancing abilities. But that was my thoughts on the MV. 

    As for the song itself, everything was pretty much what I expected except for Hyoyeon’s part, I don’t know much about her because I don’t follow Snsd so I don’t know how great her singing is..but all I have to say is Hyoyeon shouldn’t have been rapping. I understand this is kpop and SM for that matter but even by kpop standards her rapping was bad, I can barely stand listening to it. She really should have been singing instead. Everything else was what I expected really, just a catchy tune. 

  • mgills92

    I liked it. I agree that the car should have been advertised more. 
    The dance was a little underwhelming, but I figured that it was because of SHINee’s, SNSD’s, Super Junior’s, etc. busy schedules. Maybe I’m just making excuses, but it was the attitude that grabbed me. Anyways, overall, I like it.

    (PS. I’m kinda liking how SM is incorporating dubstep into it’s artist’s songs. I doesn’t seem too out of place. That’s just me.)

  • hapacalgirl

    This had the potential to be good but the overall messiness ruined it for me.  Everyone here is a decent dancer but have very different styles of movement so it came off very disjointed to me.  It also didn’t help that they really needed more practice to tighten up that synchronization because just how not in sync they were was very distracting. 

    As for the song, it was decent but I am not a fan of vocal processing overkill which this song had a bit to much of for my taste. 

  • TheJadeBullet

    I could say that the dancing, while obviously the intended talent to be showcased, was completely disappointing. It did look as though it was an afterthought, rather than the focus of this project group/unit. The constantly shifting scenes gave the MV a fairly schizophrenic feel so that you could barely see what little of the choreography they did manage to pull of successfully.
    The singing was passable, in that it wasn’t memorable but my ears weren’t bleeding either. Henry did impress me and I’m quite happy that he was given a bigger role. I’m a Henry stan, however, so you may ignore the previous comment.
    I did enjoy Kai’s screamo, since it does seem to be what he does best. Before kpop invaded my consciousness though, I was a complete metalhead, so you may also ignore that.
    Hyoyeon. Ah, Hyoyeon. I did not enjoy that at all. This isn’t because I don’t like her or anything, in fact, I’m quite apathetic toward the entire idea of SNSD existing. I just felt that her entrance was ill-timed and the dubstep didn’t add anything to the off-kilter speak-rapping either. Also, why does SM feel the need to kill birds and drape them over the shoulders of their artists? Animal homicide = fashion? No comprendo.
    Luhan. Just no. He looked pretty lifeless throughout the whole thing, and while I didn’t really give much thought as to who would have been a better choice, I have to agree that Lay does have more presence.
    Also, Hyundai should be miffed. I didn’t have any background knowledge or idea as to how this unit originated, but I absolutely could not tell that they were promoting a car.

  • marz22

    I think Luhan was also chosen bec. he has pretty good vocals? If bot then it would be just Henry, Taemin, and a luttle bit of Hyoyeon who carry the vocals. Besides, they are all pretty awesome dancers that too much first lead dancers would oversaturate the performance in terms of just dancing even though it’s a dancing unit. Taemin, Hyo, Eunhyuk, and Kai are 1st lead dancers in their respective groups while Luhan and Henry are technically good but not the best in their groups but their vocals contributed in the whole process.

  • intheshort

    It was alright, but I feel like 3 and a half minutes of each member just freestyle dancing to the song would have been just as enjoyable. 

  • http://twitter.com/#!/swheekun swheekun

    I tried to find redeeming qualities but this is just overall a really hot mess containing every one of the numerous mistakes SM has been making all year: obnoxious dubstep, bad styling, terrible song structure, gratuitous screaming and now a weak vocalist ensemble. I guess you could at least say the dancing was decent, but the camera work showcases it all so poorly little notice is really taken amongst all the other more obtrusive things going on here. 

  • AcadiasFire

    I just really love the song. Makes you want to get up and move but I was really expecting amaxing choreo. I’m not a fan of snsd at all but I actually liked Hyoyeon’s (hope i spelled her name right) part in the chorus. The rap part of hers was…interesting. I enjoyed seeing Henry. I’ve missed him. The out of synchness really did take my attention away from the dance though. I need to watch it again. Other than that though I enjoy the song alot.

  • k_db

    When comparing MAXSTEP to Chocolate Love, Cabi Song, or even BoA and Jessica’s Younique songs I can’t help but think this was an utter disappointment.  Dancing wasn’t even that good in this video and Hyoyeon, the most popular member of this unit, was only present for half the video.  

    I just hope SM doesn’t take this as a “I guess these members aren’t popular, let’s shove them all into the dungeon” sort of thing.  The amount of limelight on Henry is attrocious (and by that I mean there isn’t enough) and Hyoyeon is easily the most neglected member of SNSD.  Hopefully this means less Kai though!

  • Blah2341

    The song was alright when you hear it the first time, then it gets a little boring and repetitive. Hope they release more stuff in the future though.

  • Elizabeth

    i thought Maxstep was an okay and decent song and thought the music video for Maxstep was similar to Shinee’s Lucifer, i was disappointed that Hyoyeon didn’t appear in the music video until the middle it was predominately a boys club (and I know she’s unpopular and least exposure prior to SMTown In Paris in SNSD but at least she wasn’t get this treatment at least to me) although she did got her chance to shine and got the better outfits than the rest at least to me, i did wish Lay (also Yunho, Victoria, BoA) would be in Younique Unit as he was the dancer in EXO and EXO-M and this is “dancing machine” group of talented dancers but after just finding out in this article that Lu Han is the popular member of EXO and EXO-M in Korea I do agree it’s understandable they would go Lu Han I like Lu Han and he’s cute but you’re right Gaya I do think he’s needs to improve for the camera although Super Junior-M is not my favourite group (as Super Junior is one of my favourite group) I have to say Henry is way better in Younique Unit than in Super Junior-M even though I never really thought Henry was the dancer anyway from what i’ve seen and heard of him. Taemin with no eyebrow WTF? along with WTF with the questionable clothing and hair of this video.I also liked Kai, Taemin and Eunhyuk’s part in the video though. Kai was badass in the chair. Just my thoughts :)

  • MEalways

    I remember 2 comments I love the most on the internet regarding this MV:
    1. Taemin, where thou eyebrows?
    2. If we can change the song to fit the dance, the MV would be perfect

    No offence guys.
    I think this sub-group of SM is great, as long as they focus on the dance, not the song.
    And I don’t care if they are doing it in the box (the first time I have no complain what-so-ever of SM in the box MV).

    BR, ME

  • xchoccies

    1. Henry, just you being there itself is a pleasure. Never knew you could hit notes like that.
    2. Taemin’s vocals wowed me. And damn, can that boy work the camera
    3. Kai looked awkward. Luhan looked extremely awkward, especially in his solo shots. 
    4. I agree, Eunhyuk’s coloured fringes looked good on him. A whole lot better than it was on Kai. 

    Choreo-wise, they can do a whole lot better. I did like the part when Hyoyeon was in the middle of the boys. The camera shaking/buffering effect kinda took away the dancing. I didn’t even notice Taemin’s eyebrows cos my eyes were so busy trying to take in everything else. Why Hyoyeon was rapping, I don’t get. SNSD should not rap. The song however, is growing on me.

    Overall, I’m not thoroughly disappointed because this is so expected from SM. I call it BARL: The Box (once again, the poor Box), the camera Angles, the Random solo shots & the fancy flashy Lighting; these four criteria pretty much make up an SM MV. I quite like this unit, although I’m not too sure about Luhan (not very thorough with Exo-M members really). Hopefully they’ll be back with a better song.

  • lokifairy

    Taemin’s high note was amazing & Henry did also a very good job. LuHan looked very awkward and Kai’s rap or screaming or whatever he tried to do was terrible…and the choreo sucked but I was happy to see Henry again (:
    …btw. what is wrong with Eunhyuk’s hair?…seriously…but he is still hot
    I was also happy to see Hyoyeon but whats with BoA or Stephanie? They are much better dancers than her :|
    ….and of course SM ignored f(x) like always….
    The MV wasn’t anything special neither the song…I think SM is not even trying anymore because they know that their fans will buy everything no matter how bad it is :(

  • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

    Eunhyuk, Taeyeon and Henry were the best in this. Eunhyuk looked sooo good! His outfit was was fantastic. Kai was not bad, both him and Taemin are very good dancers. Even though I adored Lu Han, he pretty much faded into the background. 

    The song though, man I can’t stand it. It’s okay, but it’s too much going on and it covers their vocals. But that was okay as long as they brought it with the dance, but it was not as good as I was expecting it to be. 

    • http://unblurthefuture.livejournal.com/profile eijem


  • http://www.m-rated.tumblr.com/ Michelle Chin

    I’m never going to be a SNSD fan, let alone a stan, but the bits that Hyoyeon has deserves some clap from my hands. :D

  • kaysai

    something seems OFF with the MV.. i dont know if it the song, the video, or the younique unit itself..
    for me, i really expect a lot from this unit.. but, i just dont get the blend of this unit.. everyone seems dance alone by themself..yeah, they are all amazing dancer.. but all amazing dancer put together without some chemistry or some organizations really threw the choreo off.. sorry SM..

    and last, why Luhan placed in this unit? he’s like an awkward 12y.o kid in solo shot, while in group shot he just gone like a background..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    hyoyeon needs a solo song

  • BishieAddict

    Loved Henry in this. I laughed at your comment about luhan looking like he is 12. Yes, even though he is one of the oldest members of Exo, he looks the youngest. I too wonder why it wasn’t lay instead. I think SM wants to promote Luhan as the face of EXO m.

  • ni99a

    Still sad Lay wasn’t picked as a member. Btw, Hyoyeon and Henry are one of the most popular SM idols internationally. So saying they aren’t popular is invalid.