In recent years, Katy B may have been best known as part of the Rinse FM crew and the South-London garage scene but with her second album, Little Red, she is moving ever closer towards the dance floor.
That doesn’t mean she has shredded her credibility or forgotten her roots. Yes, Little Red is definitely more commercial and polished than her debut album On a Mission (the contribution of production by Robbie William’s collaborator Guy Chambers attests to that) but she can still connect to her audience, a bigger audience, ever since Little Red reached No1 in the UK album charts. The album cover also portrays a more glammed up Katy B, who can look great without splashing herself over the cover of FHM.
Little Red is an album with songs about love, heartbreak, loneliness and ‘Emotions’ is where Katy B is at her most vulnerable, singing about being in love and the feelings it stirs up in her. “As I hear your footsteps there’s no stopping this. I’m craving what you give, your love that takes me to the sky.”
The sound of ‘Emotions’ is a seamless fit for its title with Katy B singing acapella, save for a soft layer of synths until the the chorus is lifted with a dose of progressive synths and a massive drum and bass led ride to the end.
I’d almost say the song is too classy for the club, yet I can imagine that, just as Ellie Goulding has now become the darling of EDM, ‘Emotions’ may be ripe for a remix. I sincerely hope it is treated as the gem that it is.