Katy B is excited to reveal details of her second album Little Red, which will be released on February 3rd through Columbia Records / Rinse.
The past few months has seen Katy B keeping anticipation levels at a steady high with a string of heady, adrenaline-laced singles from the forthcoming album, the follow up to 2012's breakout #1 debut On A Mission and the critically lauded collaborative Danger EP from earlier in the year. Earlier in the year Katy wowed a packed out XOYO show in London where she showcased material from 'Little Red' (which resulted in 5 star reviews) as well as performing on the most recent series of 'Later.' and turning in a sterling session for Radio1's Zane Lowe.
Taken together, the 12 tracks on Little Red form a seamless, heart racing, and uniformly accomplished, if emotionally turbulent, journey. It is one which sees Katy staying firmly in touch with her native clubland, as well as chief collaborator and producer Geeneus. Katy also worked alongside a number of forward thinking producers in George FitzGerald, Jacques Greene, Joker, Route 94 and Artwork while venturing into richer and more complicated emotional terrain, exploring the challenges, doubts and insecurities beyond the swept-up-in-the-moment, weekend world of 'On a Mission'.
"That first album had a certain innocence about it," Katy says in retrospect. "I think this album has a bit more experience. My relationships have got more serious, I've moved out of my parents' house, I'm dealing with issues on my own. My friends are all going through that transition as well - those questions you ask of yourself as an adult."
True to these words, Little Red covers a lot of ground, from the hungry longing of the Radio 1 A listed house track '5AM' to the simmering fever of'Tumbling Down' ("My girl says you'll hurt me/But I won't believe her"). The Jessie Ware featuring 'Aaliyah' is a dancefloor psychodrama in which Dolly Parton's temptress Jolene is reborn beneath nightclub lights. "It's a true story," says Katy. A second feature on Little Red comes from the unmistakable and pitch-perfect croon of Sampha on the track 'Play'.
Katy's knack for telling precise yet universal stories in her lyrics, pinning an emotion with a vivid detail, placing the listener right there in the room with her, is fully on display throughout. Anthemic electronic ballad and new single 'Crying For No Reason', featuring perhaps her finest vocal performance to date, was inspired by a friend who burst into tears while driving because of pent-up guilt over the way her last relationship ended.
The album also demonstrates the scope of Katy's musical passions. Growing up in a house where her mum played ABBA and Hot Chocolate while her dad, himself a singer, preferred Nina Simone and the blues, in the making of this album she found as much inspiration in timeless songwriters and keen observers such as Joni Mitchell and David Bowie as she did in the latest dance producers from her home base on Rinse FM.
With Little Red, Katy B takes the candor, clarity, and down-to-earth warmth projected through the rush and excitement of the dancefloor that have endeared her to so many, and reapplies them to a new range of emotions and experiences. It's a major statement from a fast-growing artist. "I can listen to it and cry on a good four songs," Katy says. "But," she adds with a smile, "I still want something to dance to."
Little Red Tracklisting:
01. Next Thing
02. 5 AM
03. Aaliyah feat. Jessie Ware
04. Crying For No Reason
05. I Like You
06. All My Lovin'
07. Tumbling Down
09. Play feat. Sampha
10. Sapphire Blue
Katy B 2014 Shows:
25/03 - Concorde 2 - Brighton
26/03 - KOKO - London
27/03 - O2 Academy - Oxford
28/03 - Birmingham Institute Library - Birmingham
29/03 - Academy - Manchester