Who Are You? is the second mini-album released by Kahi and her first release after her departure from After School. It’s ME was used as the promotional single and was written by the late Rottyful Sky.
Released: October 10, 2013
1. Boys And Girls (feat. Swing)
2. It’s ME (feat. Dumbfoundead) [MV]
3. Hey Boy (feat. Dok2)
4. Sinister (feat. Bekah)
5. Colorful World (feat. Yoon Do Hyun) (색색의 세계)
The first of the songs is Boys And Girls a funky 70s inspired pop tune. It some disco qualities to it, which gives it a bit of spark. Although I like it, I wished it was a bit faster. The pacing just seems too slow and I felt that if it was faster it would have more impact. Kahi’s vocals are also really autotuned, which was an interesting touch. Not sure why they did that since it has a weird contrast to Swing’s rapping which isn’t autotuned. Not bad though.
Can I say I love It’s ME. At first, I was a little disappointed because it didn’t sound as hard hitting as I was hoping for Kahi, but the song has really grown on me a lot. It is sophisticated and really matches her well. It’s not too aggressive, but has spunk to it and I love how clean the production feels. It doesn’t sound like it is as programmed as other songs out there right now. Her voice also sounds amazing in it.
Hey Boy gives us something a little more aggressive with it’s hip-hop sound. The chorus is really interesting as it mixes Dok2’s rapping with Kahi singing Hey Boy over and over. We also get a taste of Kahi’s rapping here. It’s a pretty good song although I was hoping for something a little stronger. The middle 8 also seems completely out of place.
Sinister is a nice change because it features a more prominent rock sound, while still having a funky beat to fit in with the rest of the songs. I wish the chorus was more explosive though and featured a stronger arrangement. I do love Kahi’s vocals on the song with her belting towards the end and Bekah is featured, which was a cool touch.
Colorful World is another funky tune, with its more lighthearted rock elements. The guitar is definitely the highlight in this song as well and although it’s not my favourite, I really like how fun the song is. It has some oldschool qualities to it. Yoon Do Hyun doesn’t make a huge appearance, but I’m guessing he is doing some of the background vocals and the guitar. It is a different kind of collaboration.
With a title like Slow, I expected this to be a slow song….and I was right haha. This sticks out like a sore thumb on this mini, but I don’t totally dislike it. It’s a nice ballad with a gorgeous arrangement and an almost 00s American music quality. I don’t think Kahi fits with this kind of sound, but she sounds good regardless.
Overall: I don’t think this mini was as amazing as I was hoping it would’ve been. I really wanted to love most of the songs, but I only ended liking them (except of course It’s ME, which was one of my favourites of 2013). I think the majority of the songs just seemed to be missing some sort of spark that would really set them off. With that said, I did like the fact that Kahi played around with some different styles and it’s still a solid release overall.