In 2010 we saw former Brit School Londoner Katy B burst onto the scene with dubstep banger Katy on a Mission, which became her first top five single in the UK. Her success continued with the ever so catchy dance-popping Lights On featuring Ms. Dynamite, also reaching top five in the charts.
The debut album released in 2011, On A Mission debuted and peaked at #2 and gained its third and final top 10 that year with the Broken Record. Broken Record also won her first award – Dancer Floor Anthem at the 2012 NME Awards.
On a Mission received positive reviews across the board from critics and went on to sell over 100,000 copies in the UK alone being certified Gold.
Now Katy is ready to get us in that nightclub again with her second studio album, Little Red.
The album has already started off well in the charts debuting in the UK at #1 with sales of 20,000+ making it Katy’s first #1 on any chart.
The albums begins with the dance anthem that is “Next Thing”. The track is an instant Katy B signature track. The album is full of those dance anthems including 5AM, I Like You, Blue Eyes, Sky’s The Limit and Hot Like Fire.
A little unexpected but the album does have more slow jams than you would assume. We’re so used to hearing the typical type of music you would here in a London nightclub with Katy but this record does contain much more slow numbers than her previous debut On A Mission. Don’t worry though, these slower songs are no snooze-fest tracks, they still have attitude and emotion in them that you can still get up and ‘jam’ to. Her UK top 5 single “Crying For No Reason” is a great example to use. A beautiful synth pop ballad with Katy opening up like we’ve never heard her do before. All My Lovin’, another song you would consider slow for Katy B but you could still imagine played in a nightclub. The slower records may not be your typical On A Mission or Lights On tracks but Kathleen is showing us more than one side to her nightlife.
The complete highlight of the whole record is her track with UK artist Jessie Ware titled Aaliyah. The track isn’t new to us since it was on the Danger EP but it fits so well on the album. It is one of the best tracks both artists have been a part of. The most catchiest chorus with a signature Katy B instrumental. This is essential for every DJ to have in their set.
The only downfall on this record for me is Play featuring Sampha. Unfortunately I think this feature just doesn’t work. Sampha doesn’t compliment the song at all and ruins the chorus. If it was just Katy B then the song would be an improvement but overall the track doesn’t seem to have much purpose or impact on the album. It seems a little out of place.
Album rating: 8/10
Key tracks: Next Thing, 5AM, Aaliyah, I Like You, Crying For No Reason.