"Mina (mina koo) has a knack for confectionary pop electronica, digi-tunes .. whose vibe is buoyant and bright. "Suddenly" has a heavy dance-throb, deftly arranged vocal effects and plenty of solid songcraft. "More Than a Crush" has a smooth cheerleader vibe to it, with a very crafty bridge. .. her vocal tone is right for her genre.."
Melismaticblog.com (by Ms. Mel, July-6-2012)
"POP POTENTIALS: For Mina Koo, it's "More Than A Crush"
Get ready to 'shake your bellies'.
..The eight-track EP is basically summed up as fun on the dance floor, while Mina herself recalls such unique voiced pop artists like Shakira and Bjork. Her appeal is really centered around her stage presence -- writhing and strutting about with a palpable natural sex appeal a la The Donnas.
While Mina is clearly a dance record through and through, Koo herself is quite versatile -- performing many of the songs acoustically with guitar. With the right production, Mina could be one to watch for the underground dance set."
Junior's Cave - Music Now Spotlight (by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA, July-15-2012)
".. Mina truly has captured an amazing sound that mixes several genres into dynamic tunes. Fans of great music can recognize sounds of Pop, Dance, Rock, Electro, Funk, and Hip-Hip-Hop that flow throughout Mina’s music. She also possesses similar styles to such superstar performers as Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Shakira. Mina is one of those great talents who this publication believes was born to be a performer. In this sensational online meeting with Mina, we get the 411 about this dynamic performer in this ultra-cool spotlight highlighting her musical journey..."
"We were pleased as punch to check out this punchy upbeat collection of modern upbeat dance tracks from Mina Koo. ... These tracks sound something like Madonna's 1990s albums .. (Mina's cool Asian voice adds cool exotic flavors to the mix). Eight provocative dance-inducing cuts here including "Suddenly," "Beautiful Thing," "Jini," and "Troubadours [Dance Floors]." Good catchy upbeat stuff .."
Caesar Live N Loud (CÉSAR GONÇALVES)
"... her music is Pop (Dance, Rock, Electro, Funk-hiphop), in the vein of Lady Gaga and Shakira, rooted in Michael Jackson. ... the album is very cool and corresponds to this description. I can also spot a bit of that K-pop sound that has a massive following around the world. My favourite tracks are More Than A Crush (perfect dance/pop song with that electro vibe... just love it), Set Me On Fire and Bad Boy, being the latter the one that reminds me more of the K-Pop sound. If you love dance/pop music I am sure you will enjoy this album! :) Thumbs up!"
"Mina Koo performs at Make Music New York, Saturday, June 16 7:00p to 7:30p, at "The Pit" at Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA --Performer and Los Angeles based dance/pop, singer/songwriter Mina Koo to the roster for the 5th Annual Make Music Harvard Square / Fête de la Musique. The Korea native recently released her very first physical and digital U.S. album Mina on iTunes, debuting her hot lead single, “More Than A Crush”. Mina is set to pump up the crowd with dance tracks from her EP."
NYC.com (The New York City Experts)
"Sexy performer and Los Angeles based dance/pop, singer/songwriter Mina Koo was recently added to the roster performing as part of the 6th annual Make Music New York in Brooklyn’s Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood at 1403 Fulton S., NY 11216 on June 21st at 3:30 p.m..."
KukiNews.com (- Gwang-Hyoung Lee)
(Translation): "Mina (Mina Koo) is a rising pop artist active in Hollywood ... "Jini" one of her songs in her dance pop debut album sings of Hwang Jini from Chosun Dynasty days. Mina says she thought if Hwang Jini were born in 21st Century she would have been a world pop star." Another song "Troubadours" has a motif in Arirang, and sings of a traveler's life.."
AsiaToday (- Youn-Bae Moon)
(Translation): "Mina (mina koo) is a singer-songwriter with Korean origin, who has been growing as a pop artist in Los Angeles. .. Her album has some Korean ideas re-created in the current dance pop style.."
Juries at Showcase, Artist Development, MI (2011)
"Solid melody, great movement, good dynamics in the song." "Great energy. The attitude is saucy and fun. Props for interacting with the audience + going into the crowd."
Elaine Lindsay @ Trool (after the Livestream global open mic, 2011)
"I was .. energized by Mina Koo’s quirky and catchy hook…OMG its still playing in my head!"
Pablo Goldstein (Tango/World, Argentine multi-instrumentalist) - after a show @ the Viper. (Dec-28-2011)
"You are unique... my super hero composinger and guitarplayer... supertalented¡¡ Was a honor to share with you the stage Mina is a treasure for all the audience, ... she is an incredible rock star.."
Brent Harvey ~ KBH Entertainment, Hollywood Music In Media Awards - after a showcase @ The Mint (Feb-7-2012)
"We thoroughly enjoyed having Mina Koo perform in the KBH Showcase on Feb. 2. Her band added a fresh dose of energy to the evening. Along with some great songs, Mina's command of the stage and subtle sexiness made for quite a set!"
Allan Rich, Hit Songwriter (ex. "Run To You" - Whitney Houston) - after a show @ The Mint (Feb-7-2012)
Gary Gamponia (The Silverlake Musicians Co-Op & The Pay It Forward Band) - after a live show @ Rainbow (Feb-16-2012)
"The set was really well done and .. each and everyone of you was REALLY on... I REALLY liked what you did.. and find it very musical. Tasteful. Tasty."
Gary Beer, Founding CEO of the Sundance Film Festival and StarCast CEO - after a live show @ Rainbow (Feb-16-2012)
"You have a special charismatic quality as a vocalist and the camera loves you."