"Kinnie Starr doesn't shut up and sit tight when something pisses her off. In the six years since the culture-jammin' chunk-hop, girl-powered dynamo started peddling her punk-hiphop fusion, she's shot her mouth off about body image, gender relations, bisexuality, race issues, the beauty of masturbation and the evils of tampons. But listen to her upcoming disc, Sun Again (Violet Inch) -- her second since not-so-amicably parting ways with former label Mercury after a nasty merger that left smaller artists gasping in its wake -- and you'll hear a softer, gentler Starr rising.
Sun Again, which is slated to drop in January, follows the same vibe as Starr's last disc, Tune-up, with a mellow, triphop tip and squelchy beats. But this time around the recording is far more polished, with streamlined production and hooky melodies.
Backing vocals from folks like Moka Only, the divaesque Coco Love Alcorn and Starr's cousin Lily Frost (the nouveau cocktail chanteuse also opens her show at Lee's) add atmosphere, and the murky, disjointed punk edge of Starr's earliest work is all but gone. So Sun Again just might be Starr's big mainstream break. It could score radio airplay, and the message of peace and love isn't gonna scare off listeners who think Avril Lavigne's as complicated as it gets." -- SARAH BLISS, Now Toronto
"Starr is known for her extremely diverse sound that integrates various languages and genres."-- MuchMusic
"Starr drops charges poetry and freestyle rhymes like she was applying for hip-hop citizenship." -- Village Voice
"single-handedly Raging Against the Machine like KRS-One re-born Starr's lyrics beat vou about the head and neck." -- The Santa Barbara Independent
"Abundant, feral talent. Cool. complex. sexy and precise." -- The Globe and Mail
"Edgy... enchanting." -- The New Yorker
"Sexy. androgynous. and full of 'tude. Kinnie Start is a hip-hop. trip-hop diva with tastes that run from the Dream Warriors and De La Soul to PJ Harvey and Tricky." -- LA Buzz Weekly
"Kinnie is going to be a huge star. Because she is so emotionally real, vulnerable. articulate, talented and loving - things many people fear greatly in themselves, and thus look for in others people are going to glorify her in an insanely unrealistic way." -- WIG Magazine
"tidy...is a startling m~iange of hip-hop strides, Billy Bragg style polemics with a female bent and the playful musing of an avowed lover of language." -- The San Francisco Chronicle
"Starr's got attitude to spare, she sounds like she's digested every subculture from 1950 to the present ...she's definitely an original." The Globe and Mail
"Sexy, androgynous, and full of 'tude, Kinnie Starr is a hip-hop, trip-hop diva with tastes that run from the Dream Warriors and De La Soul to PJ Harvey and Tricky." -LA Buzz Weekly
Moving effortlessly from spoken word to trip hop, funk and pop, from silk screening to graffiti to acting, Vancouver-based MC Kinnie Starr has been a member of Canada's creative community since she emerged on the music scene in 1995. "Hip-hop aggro-groove," wrote the LA Weekly after the release of her debut album Tidy in 1996. Her follow-up disc Tune Up came out in 2000 and had Toronto's NOW magazine describing it as rich with "visceral rhymes, napalm delivery, spoken word montages and eagle-eyed surveillance of the three S's-sexuality, spirituality and society." Starr's latest record Sun Again (Violet Inch) places more emphasis on the music and less on pointed political statements. Intelligent and sensual, its head-nodding pop reminiscent of the lazy pace of Sade, India.Arie and the playful musings of De La Soul. Adding to the session are the voices of collaborators Kia Kadiri, Moka Only and Coco Love Alcorn. You'll be mesmerized by Starr's live performance. The Portland Oregonian writes, "The woman sings like Polly Harvey, raps like Chuck D. The effect is nothing less than flooring."