It’s been nearly four years since Kathleen Brien exploded into the world of pop with Katy On A Mission. Better known as Katy B, the young singer and former Brit School graduate has been one of the UK’s most unique artists in recent years, carving her own path through pop and coming out the other side revered and respected by music lovers across the board. With one successful album under her belt, this month Katy unveiled her sophomore LP Little Red. The 12 track offering sees Rinse pioneer Geeneus back on main production duties along with George Fitzgerald, Joker and a few collaborations with the like of fellow Brits Jessie Ware and Sampha. Although there’s a lot more emotional subject matter here, Katy has kept a firm grip on the no nonsense, dance floor roots of On A Mission. Standouts include the dubstep inspired All My Lovin’ with its lurking baseline and knockout chorus of sliding synths and big vocals, the contrasting vocal talents of Katy & Sampha in Play and the classic club sound Everything with its big claps and big breaks. The thing that separates these tracks from your standard throwaway dance pop single is the songwriting. There is a real sense of evolution as tracks progress with clever little touches in all the right places. Katy certainly knows how to pen a good tune and it’s made all the sweeter by her incredible voice.
Things slow down towards the end with Sapphire Blue and Emotions, which don’t quite pack the same punch as the rest of the album. We would have to recommend the deluxe version, which offers up more gems and it’s a shame some of these tracks like the garage inspired Blue Eyes and Sky’s The Limit didn’t make it onto the main release.
Following up a critically acclaimed debut is never an easy task and a true test of an artist’s longevity. Thankfully Little Red asserts Katy B’s authority as the UK’s leading lady in pop.
You can download the deluxe version of Little Red here.