Album: Kid Sister, Ultraviolet (Downtown)

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A whiff of Partridgean "People like them, let's make some more" thinking surrounds the distinctly Kesha-like Kid Sister – aka 29-year-old Melisa Young from Chicago – but the Kanye West-affiliated crunk diva (West appears on the single "Pro Nails", and the whole thing's exec-produced by his DJ A-Trak) has enough in her locker to justify her existence.

The Daft Punkish "Life On TV" for example, the Yazoo-sampling "Big N Bad", or "54321" which brings it all back home with its early Chicago house stylings.