Kid Sister – Ultraviolet

January 01, 1970

(Downtown)

 

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How many times has Kid Sister’s debut album been delayed
now? It sounds unbelievable, but it’s been about a year since Ultraviolet was supposed to have been
released. There better be a damn good reason why she and her producers,
including France’s
Yuksek, the ubiquitous Lil’ Wayne, and longtime champion A-Trak, pushed this
one back for so long. To be honest, having reviewed the original shelved album,
it’s not immediately evident why. The track selection is different, and this
new version plays more like a mixtape than a regular album, a nice touch. But, for
the most part, the differences are probably more evident to Kid Sister herself
than to the listener. But hey, an artist tweaks her work.

 

Ultraviolet is
club hip-hop through and through, the bubbling, techno-influenced beats
providing a perfect backdrop for Kid Sister’s playful, bouncing cadence and
party rhymes. The album’s opening track, “Right Hand Hi,” encompasses this
aesthetic perfectly. Euro-house keyboards provide an epic background for the
sung chorus, before Miami
bass and a syncopated kick drum find Kid Sister matching the sportive tone with
her rapping. The same goes for “Big N Bad,” an early-morning Stockholm nightclub banger if you’ve ever
heard one.

 

“Life on TV” is one of the album’s best songs, a holdover
from the original track list, reaching levels of unadulterated exhilaration
when Sister jubilantly shouts out phrases like “Peep game!” or “The bass, the
bass, the treble, treble!” “Pro Nails,” another holdover featuring Kanye West,
is a track you’ve probably heard if you’ve been tracking the album’s delay. But
some of the new additions are key collaborations, including “Step,” featuring
Estelle of “American Boy” fame (actually a substitution for another
collaboration from the original), and “Daydreaming,” featuring Gnarls Barkley’s
Cee-Lo. David Banner’s guest spot from the original album, however, didn’t make
the cut.

 

Ultraviolet is a
fresh, inspired, silly, infectious, danceable hip-hop record. Its club leanings
may make it a hard sell for hardcore hip-hop heads, but the masses, primed by
Lady Gaga and M.I.A., may ultimately embrace Kid Sister’s dance-floor rap.

 

 

Standout Tracks: “Life
on TV,” “Control” JONAH FLICKER

 

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