Katy B, the so-called “queen of dubstep,” recently was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, “On A Mission.” And her competition included more established U.K. artists such as Adele, Tinie Tempah and PJ Harvey.
Although she didn’t take home the big prize, the 22-year-old stands out from her peers with her club-friendly pop record that encompasses not just dubstep, but 1990s house and garage, too. Her warm vocals have a soothing R&B-feel and have been compared to Jazmine Sullivan and Marsha Ambrosius.
The songs “Katy On A Mission” and “Lights On” are bold and catchy with their infectious melodies, while tracks like “Disappear,” with its broken beat, and “Go Away,” a dubstep ballad, delve into another territory and highlight Katy B’s multiple talents. The magic here is her versatility across the entire album, showing that she’s not tied down to a single genre: It’s that versatility that is the key to a great dance album.
CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: The big standout here is “Easy Please Me,” a popular song that shows Katy B’s humor and sharp wit, with lyrics like: “Now I won’t call you 20 times a day, ‘cause I’ve got my own (expletive) to do.” It’s fresh and edgy - something the U.K. has been missing.