With a very electric sound, Katy B manages to keep all her songs funky and feminine. She has a great echo in her voice that makes her songs very memorable. Her songs are slightly hippie dance tracks that would be great to listen to at parties, at home or in clubs; most of her songs are also quite fast. She has a great singing voice, hitting some good vocals, and writes her own songs which is very original and respectable. As a new artist, this was her first album, and is incredible which makes her influential. Katy is very soulful, and her music has an element of excitement to it, especially her hit single 'Katy On A Mission'. Katy has an incredible voice for such a young woman and does portray her youth in her music, however her music is not over sexual and is very euphoric. There are lots of percussion instruments in her music as well as digitally produced sounds with Katy's girly, hippie voice over the top of the track to create a really interesting vibe. Great album.
For years the UK have been trying to find the ideal candidate to represent the underground with a Pop voice. In dribs and drabs, attempts to bridge the gap have been embraced, but rarely do they have the staying power to change anything. All that changed in the case of Katy B. As a signee to Rinse FM, also home to the biggest pirate radio station (before it was made legal in 2010), the Peckham songstress made an unexpected climb into the limelight with the infectious, Benga-produced single, "Katy on a Mission". After giving a helping hand in getting Dubstep over to the masses, her club-orientated "On a Mission" album dropped in 2011 and hoped to make the same happen across the Dance music spectrum.
Katy B maintains a healthy balance between what works in underground clubs and what will liven up commercial radio. Initially, this comes as her powerful vocals blast over a dingy bass-rich instrumental on the lead single, but this continues through the rest of the project too. If you took to "On a Mission", you'll probably feel the same towards the Funky-leaning "Lights On", where she bounces along with a Geeneus beat. Her ability to create euphoric Friday night anthems continues as tunes like "Perfect Stranger" creep up and is surrounded by Housey tunes to keep the energy levels up.
If you're into your clubby music, there really isn't an area she doesn't touch on. If Drum & Bass is your kind of thing, or you perfect the icy mid-tempo House styles, she makes it with solid tune worth getting excited about. Her highly melodic approach is a winner all-round and fails to drop down into filler territory, so there's no point in looking for any flaws here. You're best just sticking the album on before you go and rave the night up, without worrying about when you need to skip onto the next tune.
With a body of work which sounds like a compilation of singles, you can't really go wrong. "On a Mission" is a landmark album which reflected the state of UK music in 2011. It's a lively blend of credible dance, which doesn't have to rely on any annoying Euro-based House to get by. Instead, it opts for home-grown styles which run through the past decade's timeline of UK rave music. From Breakbeats to D&B to Garage to Dubstep to Funky and everything in-between, it hits the mark. However, more than that, it shows that Katy B can really do it all as a vocalist and songwriter. Some may criticise her for sounding like a generic singer at times, but when she can fill a CD up with tunes like "Movement", "Broken Record", "Easy Please Me" and remain as marketable to a full Pop crowd as she does to professional ravers, she's doing something right. "On a Mission" deserves all the praise it's received and is an undoubted must-hear, regardless of your usual tastes.
Katy B - On a Mission
All of the tracks on this album are air able which is perfect for DJ's and this also allows for a wider audience with all of Katy B's songs.
Katy B's Genre:
Now if you have ever listened to Katy B you will know that it would be crazy to try and confine her to just one genre, she's a bit of a musical mystery, you never know what she's going to come out with and when it does you will not know how to describe it other than utterly amazing. Some of the genres would be:
# UK Funky
One way to describe it in one would be
So Katy B in one:
Now I'm sure in most reviews the writer will describe the musical artist as been utterly fantastic etc but to say this about Katy B would be an understatement. In my opinion she is most definitely the best Singer/Song Writer around, not only that from reading her biography you can most definitely see that she deserves every little bit of fame and money she has got, and to be fair she deserves a lot more.
There's one thing that is definitely certain about Katy B's Music and that is that all of her tracks have this enticing spell over you where you start to feel so good, and all you want to do is listen to her tracks over and over again ß That's from experience.
She has a good mixture of songs as well with such a massive variation between them all; a few of them have deep meaning embedded into them where as others are simply songs you will just want to hear on a night out.
Katy B is completely and 100% original in everything she does
1. Power on Me
2. Katy On a Mission
3. Why you always here
4. Witches Brew
6. Go Away
8. Broken Record
9. Lights on (Ft Ms Dynamite)
10. Easy Please me
11. Perfect Stranger
12. Hard To Get
13. (HIDDEN TRACK) Water
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 are perfect for DJ's to take advantage of.
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, Deep meaning to them
Tracks 4, 10, 1, 3 and 8 are my personal favourites and would definitely recommend listening to these as soon as you can.
There is not one single artist or group that I could even begin to relate to Katy B. She is most definitely a unique Singer/Song Writer who has done well and deserves to be where she is, I cannot wait till the next time she is in Birmingham would go and see her again 100%. Would definitely recommend this album to anybody who is after something a little fresh.
Rating from 24 Professional Critics! 8/10
(Please Note I am also under ciao, under Ri0TT)
First album from Katy B, I've heard her a lot on Radio 1 and in clubs with a few of her singles that I'm sure you'll have heard of 'Lights on' 'Katy on a mission' and 'Perfect Stranger'. I'm normally apprehensive of artists that have had a lot of singles as she has as often you have heard all the singles before and there is nothing to be gained from getting the whole album (I like a little exclusive surprise). So, despite that I bought 'On a Mission' (It was less than a fiver so had little to lose) and I was really actually impressed.
The first song 'Power on Me' had not been released when I got it (though it has now) and I really enjoyed it. It gets the album off a great start with punchy bass and a good example of Katy's voice. This is my favourite song on the album.
The next song is 'Katy on A Mission' which is probably the most popular of her singles so I'm sure you know how it goes. This song sounds amazing if you have a good set of speakers and the bass really rumbles along. I don't know many people who don't like it so it's great for parties. The album version is a bit longer than what you get on the radio as well so that's good if you like it, not good if you don't.
I had never heard 'Why You Always Here' before getting the album it was a pleasant surprise. It starts with some nice drums and I'm guessing the point of the song is Katy wondering why someone is always pestering her (name gives it away) when the boy really prefers another girl. I've only given this song 2 stars, that's not because its rubbish, but because it doesn't really get anywhere and I can't see it being released. Better than a kick in the teeth though.
Katy steps it back up with 'Witches Brew' (another title that gives away what its about - making a brew to entice some lover). This song has some hints of drum and bass in it which is nice and makes it good for running to but it does sound a bit similar to 'Katy On A Mission'
We now go into a run of a few album tracks as a breather before getting into the hits again (a bit of an interlude). First of which is 'Movement'. It has a similar sound to 'Why you always here' and is easy to listen to. It does have a silly little wobble when she says movement at the end of every line. This gets a bit annoying and I think it's a bit tacky but if you just wobble along reluctantly I'm sure you'll get over it.
The next song 'Go Away' sounds similar again (most of the album tracks are similar) although it has a bit of a Magnetic Man ring to it (Katy B is kind of a partner to these guys who produce dupstep and who actually feature on a later song). I reckon Magnetic Man have produced this one giving a nice polish. The best album track.
The last of the album tracks for the meantime is 'Disappear' and this has the first hints of getting a bit tired. It's not that it's a bad song (I actually like it, it's quite chilled and good for a sunny day reading) but for an album nearing the hour mark it is a bit of an overindulgence. No harm in having it though really.
'Broken Record' is another of Katy B's hit singles. This comes on in the gym a lot. Katy sings "like a broken record" a few times over a drum beat and I can imagine lots of butch men singing along to it on a night out. I certainly have.
'Lights on' was played loads when I was a fresher at Uni and it's really popular. Again good for parties. Its got Ms Dynamite (garage and RnB legend) doing a rap every now and then again which makes it stand out and it's also quite memorable. Easy to dance to.
The next song 'Easy Please Me' is my firm favourite and is sandwiched between two big hits so the album is sounding really good at this point. I love how she mentions her friend Olivia and this song has a nice story to it which makes it fun to listen to. It's about boys that aren't good enough for her (she obviously hasn't met me...). It also has a nice bassline but a few swearwords so not one for the kids...
Penultimate song 'Perfect Stranger' is another of her hit singles (she does have a few). Remember those Magnetic Man I was talking about earlier? This is the one that they're on. If you really, really like this song you can get it twice by getting their album (Magnetic Man by Magnetic Man) as well. This one is also popular, played in clubs so is again good for parties. It has a nice fast pace with some good drum and bass bits. When she goes "Somethin, Somethin, Somethin" it's really recognisable and easy to sing along to. I'm proud to say I probably know every word to this song.
The last song is the longest at 15 minutes. This is because it's got a bit of a bonus bit at the end saying thanks to all the people that have helped her make it. It's got a bit of a jazzy theme to it (if you like it check out Shy FX & T-Power's album Set It Off). If you're playing this song for a party then I'd probably recommend changing the CD at this point. Otherwise it's an interesting listen and something you don't normally get.
Soooo, in summary, as I thought this album wasn't going to be much good when I got it I was happily proved wrong. It is really good. It's got all the big hits on it in one go and will go down really well if you want to have a party. Also, if you want a more intense listening experience its good for that as well with some well thought out lyrics and a good pumping style. It's not a masterpiece but not many albums are, its just solid and puts me in a good mood when I listen to it. And, as it's less than a fiver it's definitely worth the money.
I will be looking forward to her next releases.
Finally, if you're looking for more Katy B. She also appears on a song by Magnetic Man on their album. It's called 'Crossover'. It's alright.
A year ago last August Katy B burst onto the UK music scene with her debut single 'Katy On A Mission' which launched her solo career by landing her a top 5 hit in the UK chart. For those who are unsure who this new female artist is; Kathleen "Katie" Brien aka Katy B is a 21 year old graduate of the Brit School from Peckham, South London. She is not only a very credible artist but she also attended Goldsmiths University and achieved a degree in Popular Music.
Katy B's sound is a mixture of R&B, house and dub step. Her debut album 'On a Mission' includes all 4 of her singles which she has released, including her most recognisable song 'Lights On' featuring Ms Dynamite. The UK garage music scene has not been as good as it is now for a very long time and I think that Katy B is a brilliant addition to what is becoming a great collection of UK artists who write and produce brilliant records with a real 'London vibe'.
The tracks on the album are as follows:
1. Power On Me
The opening track on this album definitely introduces you to Katy B's style and lets you know what the rest of the album is going to have in store - it will definitely leave you wanting more. This is the most recent single to be released off the album - it is very chilled and easy to listen to. There is a subtle bass line running throughout the song and this stays quite consistent.
2. Katy On A Mission
This is in my opinion the best song on the album. Katy B's first single is full of bass and it is switched up constantly, making the chorus addictive. This song has been a huge club success, mainly due to its contagious chorus and the roo-oo-oo-m!! A brilliant song and the sound of 2010.
3. Why You Always Here
This song takes a while to get going however it is worth the wait. 'Why you always here? Complaining in my ear.' A very catchy tune and is very easy to listen to, after the first 2 verses the beat changes a bit which adds a really good slant to the song.
4. Witches Brew
Definitely a more 'pop' track and yes it is literally about a witches brew. It is not as dub step as the other songs and is more likely to be sung along to. It sounds more like a dance track which has a hint of pop, not one of my favourite tracks.
This song also has a different feel to it, it is moving further away from house/ dub step and closer to R&B. That is until the chorus kicks in, and then it definitely sounds like a laid back dance track. I love the way that Katy B rhymes 'movement' with 'improvement'.
6. Go Away
This song has a slow beat to start off with, slow in comparison to the rest of the songs. Katy B's vocal ability shines through on this track, it is very chilled and laid back. It is very easy to sing along to and is a bit more mainstream. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album.
A drum beat kicks this song off and is about Katy B 'disappearing' opposed to somebody else 'going away' like in the previous song. There is no real constant lyrical theme throughout this album however it works. I love the lyric 'when you smile at me I am infected' in this song.
8. Broken Record
A dance track through an through, with the Katy B edge. This is a single that Katy B has released. The chorus is so catchy, just like her other singles. There is a clear distinction between album tracks and singles on this album. This is a brilliant track to chill out to or to listen to on a night out, very versatile.
9. Lights On feat. Ms Dynamite
Another great song & one of the highlights of the album. Ms Dynamite's contribution to this track takes it above and beyond good. I have heard 'I keep on moving with the lights on' so many times since its release. Katy B really shows off her vocal ability on this track to make it what it is. It is perfect for a night out and is very upbeat.
10. Easy Please Me
A very upbeat track with a twist. This song could definitely be a potential single for Katy B. The dub step in the background has a really good effect and Katy B's lyrics sound great on top of it. The chorus is really catchy and it is a real feel good song.
11. Perfect Stranger
This song has a definite 'dance' feel to it mixed in with a lot of dub step. This slows down when Katy B starts to sing, you will definitely recognise this song even if you don't think you know it. It has been played on the radio and television a lot! Another great single from Katy B.
12. Hard To Get
The final song on the album finishes it off perfectly. There is a slow piano piece at the beginning which is accompanied by a very chilled out beat, this song is so relaxing! Listen to this, close your eyes and you could be on a beach in Ibiza. Some jazz instruments added in the middle makes the song the perfect summer track. A brilliant song!
The album can be got for less than £10 from most good shops. It can also be downloaded for even less online! Check out iTunes to preview some of the songs! This music is original and really stands out in todays music scene!
I would definitely recommend this album. Katy B has a brilliant voice and if you like garage music then this album is a must. I will look forward to hearing more music from Katy B in the future, she is definitely flying the flag for UK female artists! Look out for her at festivals this summer!
8 out of 10 stars!
Thank you for reading!
Review also on ciao under luceey.
To get straight to the point, I love this album and I'm On A Mission (apologies for the horrendous pun) to persuade others to give it a listen. So here goes...
Katy B - real name Kathleen Brien - is a 21-year old Brit School graduate from London, who first made a name for herself as a guest vocalist. Guest vocalists don't tend to step into the limelight and have success as solo artists, but Katy B seems to be an exception to this rule. Her style is an interesting mix of dubstep, drum 'n' bass, garage and funky house; she manages to tread the fine line of credibility in the dubstep/d'n'b world and commercial success, all without seeming too contrived. Her voice has none of the warbling and screeching that many singers seem to fall back on these days, it's much more subtle. There's a natural soulfulness to her voice that suits the songs perfectly and makes for very enjoyable listening.
Like many album releases, On A Mission contains some songs which strike you instantly as being hits. Katy On A Mission (the first single released from the album) is one these; it quite honestly makes me want to find the nearest, loudest club and hit the dance floor (despite the fact that I'm a bit lame and rarely actually do such things). It is very bass-heavy and definitely has a drum'n'bass vibe to it. Another song I love is Easy Please Me - partly because of the dubstep beats behind Katy's smooth vocals and partly because of the effortless, witty lyrics.
While I'm on the topic of lyrics, I'll just say that they are possibly my favourite thing about Katy B's songs; they never really feel laboured or over-worked and manage to convey the spirit of the songs, whether they be about a struggling relationship ( 'It would be unfair of me to tell you that the whole of me is here, I woke up one day to find that I had disappeared'), lame chat-up lines ('These days can't find a man to please me, their lines are far too cheesy, no boy is on the level believe me') or sinking into the music on a dance floor ('My limbs seem to move what the beat dictates to me, I push in to the middle the sound becomes a part of me').
Other songs are definite growers. While I am trying to persuade you to give this album a try, I am also going to try and persuade you to give the whole album a listen through a couple of times so that these songs start to grow on you. It will be worth it - honest! I personally wasn't a fan of Why You Always Here at first but now I love it. It's got a funky house vibe to it and, again, some really interesting lyrics. Other songs that I found took a bit of listening to were Go Away, Disappear and Perfect Stranger - this is possibly because these are less obvious club tracks and slightly more chilled out.
Overall, I think Katy B is one of the most refreshing, original artists to break through in the last couple of years, and this debut listen really is worth a listen.
I had heard a lot about this Katy B in the media and how great she was, although at the time I thought that it was probably just a big fuss over nothing. However, when I heard a couple of her songs, that is when I realised how great she is.
For those of you who don't know Katy B is a twenty two year old British singer songwriter and graduate from the Brit School. On A Mission is her debut album. It was released in the United Kingdom in April 2011 and so is very recent. The album is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.93
~ * Songlist * ~
1) Water 2) Power On Me 3) Katy On A Mission 4) Why You Always Here 5) Witches Brew 6) Movement 7) Go Away 8) Disappear 9) Broken Record 10) Lights On 11) Easy Please Me 12) Perfect Stranger 13) Hard To Get
I really like this album, I think that there are a great selection of songs on here; ones which suit every mood. For example you have the 'party track' 'Lights On', with it's funky beat which just makes you want to get up and dance, and then you have 'Easy Please Me' (which is her current single) which has a moody and laid back feel. I actually found that as the album goes on, the songs get better and better!
Songs which stand out the most for me are: Easy Please Me, Go Away and Disppear. I think it is great that there are songs on here to suit each mood. What I like most is the ability Katy has to know exactly how you're feeling. For example with 'Easy Please Me' it describes exactly how you feel when you are fed up and it is very easy to connect to.
I really like Katy's voice; it's quite unusual and when she sings 'high' she sounds amazing. She has a nice clear voice which is 'easy to listen to'.
The album has a typical British sound which I like. Katy has a kind of 'talking/singing' style and so it allows her British accent to shine through which is great.
This album is very different compared to a lot of the albums in the chart right now. It's really refreshing to see someone so different who doesn't 'live up to the image is everything' thing, but prefers to concentrate more on the music.
I would definetely recommend this album!
Thanks for reading!
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Power On Me
3 Katy On A Mission
4 Why You Always Here
5 Witches Brew
7 Go Away
9 Broken Record
10 Lights On
11 Easy Please Me
12 Perfect Stranger
13 Hard To Get