What an apt little title…
Okay, let’s get one (of maybe more…) thing(s) straight and clear: I do not like Katy B. I do not like the way she sings. I do not like her producer. I do not like her songs. I do not like the majority of artists she collaborates with. I do not like this watered-down, near-on anaemic amalgamation of drum machine and bleeps we are told to believe to be “dubstep”.
And that last complaint is what Katy B has thrust into the mainstream since her début with the head-scratching success of the pitiful ‘Katy On A Mission’. A lot of people welcomed her as one of the first artists in this new age of chart electronica, opening the doors for artists like Yasmin, Nero, Chase & Status and helping them achieve more recognition. To be honest though, I’ve always considered Pendulum to be the act that opened the doors to sub-genres like D&B, dubstep and electronica.
But what’s the point in Katy B as a recording artist? When other artists are doing dubstep wrongly and you’re doing it right, it must be very confusing to know that real dubstep like Chase & Status’ ‘Hypest Hype’, even now, is destined to end up somewhere outside the ever-so-esteemed UK Top 40 Single Charts whilst the likes of the whiny, nostril-powered Katy B and her half-baked dubstep shoot up to the higher regions of the same chart.
So, to answer the question I put forward earlier, there really is no point in Katy B as a recording artist. In a world where heavier dubstep/sub-electronica artists like Pendulum, Magnetic Man, Chase & Status, Example and Nero thrive, Katy B’s white-washed dubstep is about as feeble as a trifle in a hurricane and it’s hard to find something she provides that her other competitors don’t have already covered.
The song itself is a fairly lackadaisical club tune, with Katy’s acrobatic vocals scaling up and down to a backing of bored drum loops and tired synths. The chorus feel like one huge anticlimax, and there’s no catchy melody to redeem the song either. It seems to me that Katy B’s recent output undermines her musical career and the claims of being “something a little bit different to normal chart music”.
Here’s the video:
Katy B does actually sound like a ‘Broken Record’ now. Her dire excuse for dubstep and her shrill, nasal cry is beyond grating and is fast forming it’s own formula, of which it’s limit of originality is fast running being reached. None of her music gives me the euphoric feel that the dubstep heavyweights do. She’s like the equivalent of Pixie Lott of Ellie Goulding. She’ll please her fanbase; have the occasional hit that’ll please a wide band than just that, but ultimately, she’s nothing new of exciting at all.
Rating: 2.0 STARS
Download: March 28, 2011 (OUT NOW)
Featured Album: ‘On A Mission’