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I've become slightly obsessed with Katy B...
On A Mission - Katy B
Member Name: becca1234
On A Mission - Katy B
Advantages: Original, refreshing and upbeat, with witty lyrics and dubstep beats
Disadvantages: Some songs can take a little while to grow on you
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.
Summary: If you like dubstep, drum 'n' bass, garager or even just good pop music, give this a listen!