Icky is the sixth mini album by KARD. It was released on May 23, 2023 with “Icky” serving as the album’s title track. KARD (카드) is a four-member co-ed group under DSP Media. On July 19, 2017, they made their formal debut with the mini album Hola Hola. The trio released three pre-debut songs before making their official debut: “Oh NaNa” on December 13, 2016, “Don’t Recall” on February 16, 2017, and “Rumor” on April 24, 2017. Their name encapsulates the idea of playing cards, with each player represented by a face card or suit. J.Seph and BM were originally supposed to debut as a hip-hop duo but the plan had changed and two female members were included to make KARD.
The name “KARD” originally stood for king (BM), ace (J.seph), joker, and hidden card. A color joker and a black joker represented Somin and Jiwoo, respectively. In their pre-debut projects, they used to release a special version for each song, called “Hidden”. In “Oh NaNa” the hidden card was the singer and former KARA member, Youngji, who made an appearance in the music video. In “Don’t Recall”, the fans received a version of the song completely sung in English. And for “Rumor”, a performance video was released featuring Z.Sun, the group’s choreographer. Somin is a former member of APRIL and PURETTY.