Thursday, August 19, 2010

Welcome to you, Katherine Bee

Hair by mopshopThanks to the ever-prescient Karinski, I have been alerted to the talents of 20-year-old South Londoner Katy B.

She's on the A-list a Radio One; she cites Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Mary J Blige as influences; and she can be found a-crooning on top of wibbly wobbly dubstep basslines on her debut single On A Mission.

According to The Guardian, she has a secret past as a Hi-NRG dance act, who recorded awful poppers-o-clock covers of Katrina And The Waves' Love Shine A Light and Deniece Williams' Let's Hear It For The Boy. But that's all a bit odd - because the latter was released in 2001, when Katy would have been 11. Something doesn't quite add up about that...

The single and it's predecessor, Louder, give the dubstep scene a much-needed melodic twist. Katy's stream-of-conciousness club poetry is sweeter and stronger than Taio and Tinchy's sexy chick schtick. I love the line in On A Mission about "sinking into a tune". One to watch.

Katy B - On A Mission

On A Mission is out next week. Find out more on Katy's official website.

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