Miss Red (a.k.a Israeli dancehall MC Sharon Stern) will soon release her debut full-length, K.O., produced entirely by Kevin Martin (a.k.a The Bug) and coming on his newly formed Pressure label on July 13. K.O. will be the first full-length on Pressure and is the proper follow-up to The Bug & Burial's collaborative "Fog" // "Shrine" singles.
In 2015, Miss Red dropped her first solo mixtape, Murder, with The Bug's riddims supplemented with contributions from other producers such as Mark Pritchard, Mumdance, and Andy Stott. Subsequent singles on her own Red label and the in-house imprint of London record shop Sounds Of The Universe have sold out, and she has received acclaim for her collaborations with Warp Records artist Gaika.
The Miss Red persona has developed over time spent in London and Berlin, and as a regular member of the Bug's touring line-up alongside fellow MCs Flowdan, Daddy Freddy, Warrior Queen, and Riko Dan.
Of K.O., she comments: "For me, reggae is the foundation of this record but the album's movement is freer. It mirrors my need to move and keep challenging myself. As a white Israeli girl working as an MC in the music industry, and in particular as a singer, it's a BIG battle to be taken seriously, and as a woman in the music industry, I am in an obvious minority, the situation is clear, the MAN is still in control—that has got to be addressed, and changed."
The album's title and photo allude to Miss Red's grandfather, a well-known prized fighter who unfortunately passed away during the writing and recording of the album. K.O. is made in his memory.
01. Shock Out
02. One Shot Killer
03. Money Machine
06. Come Again
12. Memorial Day
K.O. will land on July 13 via Pressure, with "Dagga" streaming in full below.