To describe Berlin musician, singer and producer Kid Be Kid's music as simply alternative or "futuristic" R&B would be far too reductive. Sure, it offers a new take on the sound — with its robotic synth washes, off-kilter beatboxing and unpredictable rhythms — but there's more to it than that.
On new single "Blood", which was pulled from her impending Lovely Genders EP (due March 20 via SPRINGSTOFF), the German polymath manages to blend an almost punk approach with jazzy arrangements and flourishes, capped off with a haunting piano line that emerges from the mix and ultimately guides the track to its conclusion. Matching that vibe, the self-directed visuals stitch together a patchwork of images of KBK performing the track piece by piece. Stunning and filled with surprises from the offset, it's anyone's guess what the rest of the EP has in store for us.
Speaking with Complex via email, Kid Be Kid told us: "'Blood' opens the EP directly with a warm, radiant synthesizer chord progression crowned with a vocal melody that meanders and searches until it finds rest. Reset. And then the song begins. Quiet piano. 'You cut me out' and you hear the typical Kid Be Kid sound made of accomplished beatboxing, vocals appearing like samples, broad synth sounds, acoustic piano and deep bass lines. A finely assorted rhythmic puzzle depicting deep feelings."
Catch Kid Be Kid's upcoming European tour:
March 17 2020 - L'Aéronef in Lille, France
April 02 2020 - Café de la Danse, Paris, France (w/ Becca Stevens)
April 25 2020 - Kito, Bremen, Germany
April 26 2020 - Mojo Jazz Café, Hamburg, Germany
April 30 2020 - Weimar, Germany
May 02 2020 - Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, Germany
May 08 2020 - Kurländer Palais, Dresden, Germany (w/ Ark Noir and Simon Denizart, Jazzclub Tonne)
May 29 2020 - Schloss Horst, Gelsenkirchen, Germany (w/ Julia Kadel and Kid be Kid meets Julia Kadel)