Balming Tiger is back!

After almost two years, the alternative K-pop group announced today that they will be releasing a brand-new single, “SEXY NUKIM,” featuring superstar rapper RM from global K-pop icons, BTS. The track is slated to drop on streaming platforms on September 1 at 6 PM KST, with an accompanying video scheduled to go out at the same time.

The collaboration was hinted recently when RM posted an Instagram Story that featured Balming Tiger’s 2021 single “JUST FUN!” Both Balming Tiger and RM also posted a similar group photo taken at Pentaport Rock Festival in Incheon, South Korea earlier this month, which triggered speculation from fans.

The group—composed of Mudd the student, Omega Sapien, sogumm, Leesuho, and more—is often described as an “Asian art and culture collective”, with its individual members also working as directors, producers, and artists.

(Update – August 25, 2022 5:19pm)

Balming Tiger released a snippet of “Sexy Nukim” today. Members Omega Sapien, Mudd the student, and wnjn performed the then-unreleased track back in May on Dingo FreeStyle, which HipHopDX Asia covered in June for our ongoing “New Music You Missed” series.

We wrote, “In their recent performance at Dingo Freestyle’s Wing Cypher series, self-pronounced alternative K-pop hip hop group Balming Tiger’s Omega Sapien, Mudd the student, and wnjn performed an unreleased track titled ‘섹시느낌’ (Feeling Sexy). Known for their unpredictable concepts and sultry vocals, the song features gentle simmering beats that complement a catchy melody and a familiar toned-down but aggressive ambiance. It was performed alongside “Just Fun!” and “Loop,” their comeback dual singles in 2021.”

(Update – September 1 5:00PM) 

“SEXY NUKIM” is finally out! Balming Tiger dropped their mind-bending and gritty visual featuring RM today at 6 PM KST. The music video, directed by Pennacky, takes audiences through Balming Tiger’s signature trippy and out-of-this-world visual style. In a press statement, Balming Tiger teased that they also have an upcoming compilation album set to release early next year.

Watch the music video for “SEXY NUKIM” here:

Inline images: Artist images courtesy of Balming Tiger/Instagram and Press