This past Monday, artist Kilo Kish released her debut album Reflections in Real Time. I’ve been listening to the album nonstop, so I thought I’d share my opinions on it. But first, some background.
Kilo Kish (aka Lakisha Robinson) doesn’t have the musical experience that might expect. She attended Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, ultimately graduating with a degree in textile design. While working, modeling and attending school, Kilo was featured on songs made by her roommates, which led to her introduction and friendship with Matt Martians. Matt is a member of the soul group The Internet, and he helped Kilo create her first EP Homeschool.
Since then, she’s made another EP and mixtape, titled Across and K+ respectively. Both of them, along with Homeschool, are available on Kilo’s SoundCloud. Her many famous friends are featured in these earlier works, including Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Ferg, Vince Staples…the list goes on. All of this has led to the creation of Reflections in Real Time, an hour long look into what’s been on Kilo’s mind lately.
While listening to Reflections in Real Time, it’s obvious that Kilo has come a long way from her first EP. She sings on most of the songs, which is notable since Kilo initially gained popularity for talking over beats. The production quality is excellent, which was done mostly by her musician bf RRREYMUNDO. The album revolves around important, abstract themes like identity, agency and our true purpose in life.
Reflections in Real Time has a theatrical feel, especially on tracks like “Hello, Lakisha”and “Existential Crisis Hour!”. The first gives listeners a brief history of her name, while the latter is a look into the hectic inner workings of Kilo’s mind. These are two of my favorite tracks, along with “Collected Views from Dinner” and “Frustrations + Solutions”.
Kilo isn’t afraid to share her thoughts and feelings, no matter how jumbled and raw. She manages to present them in ways that aren’t too serious, but also not vapid. In the past, Kilo has rejected the label of “musician”, due to her interest in many forms of art. After listening to RRT, I don’t think she can evade that label any longer, and it’s rightly deserved.