[Mini-Album] Kahi – Who Are You?

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.

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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)
6. Slow

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.

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[Mini-Album] Kahi – Come Back, You Bad Person

Come Back, You Bad Person is the debut solo mini-album released by After School leader, Kahi. The title song was used as the promotional track.


Released: February 14, 2011
1. Come Back, You Bad Person (돌아와 나쁜 너) [MV]
2. One Love
3. Gift (선물)
4. Roller Coaster (롤러코스터)

Starting with the title track, Come Back, You Bad Person is a striking emotional piece to put it shortly. Following the similar styling of After School’s song “Because of You”, the song makes me think of a second remix. What I really enjoy about it is how the song wraps the singing and rapping together, which makes me think of two different emotions being played. My favourite part of the song though is definitely smack dab in the middle where the song switches from its repetitive self into something more striking. The breakdown here is gorgeous. With that said, there are parts of this song that seem more about the visual aspects than the music. What I mean are the pretty empty choruses, which just robotically repeat the title. It’s good for shows, but for a listen I’m not quite fond of it and would’ve preferred something more filling. Still, even with that bit of emptiness, the song easily shows Kahi’s capabilities as a performer with the strong singing and rapping.

One Love slows things down with a nice R&B ballad. It’s nothing out of the ordinary like the title track was, but it’s a good safe place to return to. What I enjoyed most was the fact it showed off Kahi’s vocals really well and her versatility in genres of music. My only gripe is the random “don’t wasted time”. I usually don’t care for the awkward English found in Asian songs, but this one just sounds so awkward at one of the more crucial points in the song.

Slowing things down even further is Gift, a more traditional sounding ballad. It’s a good song, but it’s a tad dull to be honest. I really like how great Kahi sounds here, but the problem is that it sounds like a mix of other K-Pop ballads I’ve listened to before. The notes Kahi hits really turn my head around though as I never expected her to be such a powerful vocalist.

After two slower songs, we are hit with Roller Coaster, a funky pop/dance mix. It has a weird vibe to it because it doesn’t particularly transition well, but that’s what makes it so great. The chorus is definitely the best part though as its opening is just so smooth and crisp. It does have some awkward areas though, such as the repetitive use of the title, which I get bored of quickly. With that said, it’s a great song.


Overall: As the first solo mini-album from Kahi, this was a striking release. Each song showed off her versatility and strengths and each was a solid track. While I was not particularly interested in the ballad, it’s still a good song altogether and does little to detract the quality of this release.

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