Kid Sister,"Ultraviolet"

76 Billboard Rating

Kid Sister may be something of a one-trick pony, but fortunately that one trick is totally unique to her-a high-energy, syncopated rap style that's as simultaneously cute and husky as a Miley Cyrus single. Her often-delayed, multiple-producer debut album (overseen by A-Trak) comes more than two years after her breakthrough single, "Pro Nails," a thumping collaboration with Kanye West. That track is included on "Ultraviolet," along with 11 other instances of old-school Chicago-style rap and house melding together in decidedly not-so-nostalgic ways. On the declarative opener "Right Hand Hi" (produced by tastemaking dance music DJs Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso), Kid Sister drops Missy Elliott-esque rhymes over humming, trance-like synths that pulsate in breakbeat style. Other standouts include the frenetic, techno-tinged "Switch Board" and the new wave styling of "Get Fresh." After 20-something years of rap and dance running in mostly parallel lines, Kid Sister's imagining of their intersection is fresh and unapologetically fun.-Kerri Mason

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