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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the the Israeli dancehall MC was produced by The Bug.
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  1. Jul 10, 2018
    80
    By tackling the mediocrity of a chart-topping genre head-on and infusing every track with genuine polemical anger, Miss Red and The Bug have created a record that is as thrilling as it is timely.
  2. The Wire
    Jul 13, 2018
    80
    One moment she comes on like a pure music box turnaround MC, the next like a spitting cat, her delivery sits perfectly on the fucked up thud and South London hissing spherics conjured up in the mix. [Jul 2018, p.61]
  3. Jul 10, 2018
    80
    Opener ‘Shock Out’ illustrates a playful approach that floats on the periphery of danger while ‘Slay’ sees her really flex her lyricism complete with a wavy flow. As is to be expected, The Bug’s production floats in the oxymoronic universe of heavy and atmospheric that is both haunting and devastating.
  4. Mojo
    Jul 10, 2018
    80
    Hyper-tense, but worth it. [Aug 2018, p.91]
  5. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    K.O. is their most successful collaboration so far, and a flat-out thriller above all else.
  6. Jul 16, 2018
    74
    On K.O their ideas are rendered in higher fidelity, and while not every track on here leaves a lasting impression, the album as a whole certainly does.
  7. Oct 8, 2018
    60
    Despite the album's distinct musicality, it's hard to shake the feeling that Miss Red is culturally appropriating Jamaican dancehall. She is clearly devoted to the history of dancehall, and her music is endowed with the cultural and musical themes that are the hallmark of the genre. But at times Miss Red's style is too archetypal such as in "Dust" and "Come Again" where her vocal affect sounds manufactured and trained.

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  1. Aug 23, 2018
    8
    She squeaks and scampers over all these tracks in a way that's clever and innovative. The production is dark, dry and scratchy, balanced withShe squeaks and scampers over all these tracks in a way that's clever and innovative. The production is dark, dry and scratchy, balanced with beats and electronic flourishes that make this album an immersive experience and better as a whole than in pieces. Expand