Ladies rejoice! The hipster post-modern day rapper finally has a voice laced with estrogen in Kid Sister. Hailing from the Windy City that is Chicago, Melisa Young aims to prove she can make her mark on the rap game without being overly thuggish or bragging about any sort of vaginal voodoo. Her result? Successful in her own zany way due to her debut album Ultraviolet, which is a kaleidoscope of obscure, bubbly Pop with electro true-school flavor.
Ultraviolet immediately lives up to its name from start, proving to be a nonstop laser light show with frenzied intensity galore. Kid Sister’s strengths shine from beginning to end on “Right Hand Hi” as she affirms her affinity for the party and “Control,” a retro jam session, complete with break beats and soulsonic vibes supplied by XXXChange.
Other soundmen such as Brian Kennedy and executive producer DJ A-Trak appear to the be on the same page as Ultraviolet’s orchestration is mostly conducted in neon. Cee-Lo’s presence on “Daydreaming” adds an unprecedented element compared to rest of the album and stands out despite lacking the same momentum as the rest of the songs. Even the two-year-old “Pro Nails” (featuring Kanye West) still maintains its freshness up in the mix.
With so much florescent energy flowing through the album’s veins, the main controls tend to spiral haywire at times when Kid Sis’ eccentricities become the dominant focus. “Switch Board” meets the same fate of household appliances thrown in the bathtub as DJ-Gant-Man’s track goes completely bonkers in a matter of seconds. It’s En Vogue meets disco hall on “You Ain’t Really Down” as our heroine croons a 90’s b-girl ditty that’s cute but not quite that cool. And “54321” sounds like it was counted off some random Madonna LP and into Kid Sister’s lap. The album’s tint could have stood to be tweaked just a bit for sanity sake’s.
Kid Sister may be too eclectic for most folks’ taste, which is O.K. from Ultraviolet’s standpoint. In time, experience and speed bumps will add some contrast to her radiant hues, but for now, it’s pleasing to see an artist bent on originality thrive in living color.
Kid Sister – “Right Hand Hi” Video