Katy B - On A Mission (4 April 2011) - hype, anticipation &c

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So On A Mission‘s out this April. Who are you working with and what can we expect to hear?

“The main producer i’m working with is Geeneus, he runs Rinse FM and first heard me while I was singing over house tunes. He approached me to do some work with him along with DJ Zinc and thats how the process of Katy B started really. Geeneus produced most the album and in the past he’s made grime, Funky and dubstep. Zinc comes from a drum’n'bass and jungle background, but concentrates more on house now, so [there's] a lot of London underground influences in terms of sound, with my little vocals over the top.”

http://www.factmag.com/2011/02/16/five-minutes-with-katy-b/

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:36 (ten years ago) link

the single so far, for those who haven't heard yet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNhPYj-5rIY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1Ynf2ScKiA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJNXXuAxkfk

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:37 (ten years ago) link

Was just thinking about starting this thread a couple of days ago. I'm ancitipating this more than pretty much any release this year. Glad to see Perfect Stranger is on there as well.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:40 (ten years ago) link

I'm kind of looking forward to it. I've always loved her voice As I and Tell me are still all time funky vocal faves of mine so if anything even vaugly sounds that good on this or is at least kinda fun like the singles it'll be worth a listen I'm sure.

jimitheexploder, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:41 (ten years ago) link

Can't remember who did it, but there's a d'n'b remix of On A Mission which I prefer to the OG.

dentarthurdent (dog latin), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:47 (ten years ago) link

Zinc as co-producer is a good move as well, he's great at doing updated twists on 90s house, which is kinda the vibe I expect from the album.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:50 (ten years ago) link

In terms of artists I’d say Adele, she was in my class at school and she has an amazing voice so I can’t wait to hear her album. James Blake was in my class as well so I’m excited to hear what he’s made, i haven’t heard it either yet.

Is there some secret UK music school I don't know about?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:50 (ten years ago) link

Yes. 95% of all UK pop music now comes from the same school:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRIT_School

Matt DC, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:52 (ten years ago) link

She went to BRIT school with Adele and Goldsmiths with James Blake - it's the double.

DL, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:54 (ten years ago) link

the triple - she was at RBMA with jackmaster, lunice, braiden and illum sphere too...

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:59 (ten years ago) link

It's like the Bullingdon Club - everyone knows everyone else.

DL, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:11 (ten years ago) link

Wouldn't mind hearing a Katy B & P Money collab. On a beat like Airmiles by Swindle or DOK's remix of Terror Danjah's Sidechain. Something grimy and ravey with loads of colour. It could work well.

jimitheexploder, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:31 (ten years ago) link

I would prob just end up being on something Sweetshop by Doctor P though lol

jimitheexploder, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:33 (ten years ago) link

Is there some secret UK music school I don't know about?

you know Four Tet, Hot Chip, Burial and the XX all went to the same (as each other) school too?

basically just a 2/47 freak out (sic), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:38 (ten years ago) link

Surely not at the same time? Four Tet feels like he's been around so much longer than the others.

This album's as exciting for the possible effect on British dance-pop as it is as a record in its own right. If it's both good and a success it might help kill off the shonky electro collaboration for good.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:40 (ten years ago) link

not in the same year of course, no. let's think of it as a relay.

kinda amazed that the album is only happening now! when I was in London last year, approximately every single wall in the city had 4 KATY ON A MISSION posters plastered on it, surprising to now realise that promo spend was only for the single

basically just a 2/47 freak out (sic), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:44 (ten years ago) link

That school sounds a bit like an episode of Skins, all the older famous ones you vaguely recognise are the teachers/parents and the younger ones get up to high-jinx and try and bother the charts. No one ever leaves, they all live there.

jimitheexploder, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:46 (ten years ago) link

since its not on youtube, fave katy b track (since 'as i' at least)

http://soundcloud.com/dominorecordco/the-count-sinden-feat-katy-b-hold-me

idgi fridays (blueski), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 13:49 (ten years ago) link

It makes me really happy that all of the singles have been so successful so far, despite (squillions of posters aside, and in Glasgow I've not seen any) what I would perceive to be relatively minimal hype. It would be wonderful if the sound Katy B works in - distinctly UK urban pop - were to become a new template for pop in general. I could get behind Radio One if they were playing "As I" clones all afternoon instead of sexless r&b-tinged electropop.

o0o00h really? (boxedjoy), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 18:43 (ten years ago) link

Definitely. There's something intensely likable about her stuff - the raver next door. I'm not surprised she's a big Neneh Cherry fan.

DL, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 18:51 (ten years ago) link

Is that Katy B's house?

DL, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:10 (ten years ago) link

haha trying to imagine katy b recording her album in a church

it could work! that church in dalston that's been renovated as a rave venue

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:12 (ten years ago) link

Hah, that was meant to go on the PJ Harvey thread, in case you hadn't guessed.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:27 (ten years ago) link

Katy B - In A Mission

seminal fuiud (NickB), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:31 (ten years ago) link

I am laying the word-of-mouth groundwork in the U.S. (I got one person I work with to listen and she liked Katy B. I doubt she has her on her iPod yet though.)

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:01 (ten years ago) link

Broken Record is good. Not sure if it's going to be an official single?

abcfsk, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:47 (ten years ago) link

i think i heard broken record was going to be next single, in which case i approve. so excited for this album!

teledyldonix, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:50 (ten years ago) link

<3 Katy B. Mucho excited for this.

banjee trillness (The Reverend), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 23:17 (ten years ago) link

very much looking forward to this.

The Brainwasher, Thursday, 17 February 2011 00:17 (ten years ago) link

Count me among the super-excited. Katy B is one of my favorite discoveries from the EOY polls. What was the name of "Mission"'s B-side? I wz kinda bummed that that had been left off the album's tracklist...

kingkongvsbasedgodzilla (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 17 February 2011 06:01 (ten years ago) link

do you mean "louder"? yeah, i didn't even notice it isn't on the tracklist until you mentioned it :\

teledyldonix, Thursday, 17 February 2011 06:30 (ten years ago) link

^Why no "Louder"? That song is too good to be categorized as a buzz single.

Also, I'm glad people are anticipating her album on here. I've been wanting to listen to this more than Lady Gaga or Britney. I loved all the singles so far. I kinda like the idea she learned music in school too.

Okay Pet Shop Boys Aren't That Bad. (lilsoulbrother), Friday, 18 February 2011 03:58 (ten years ago) link

That song is too good to be categorized as a buzz single.

it's not categorised as a "buzz single," it's a b-side

The Marquis de Sade Adu (sic), Friday, 18 February 2011 06:22 (ten years ago) link

odd for b-sides to get videos, esp given that she can't have a huge budget (not that it looks like it cost much to shoot)

lex pretend, Friday, 18 February 2011 07:38 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUumJcrnwbs

abcfsk, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 20:42 (ten years ago) link

This is a really nice album!

barieling cosder chout a fagh in a ballme thrantuman (dog latin), Thursday, 3 March 2011 23:13 (ten years ago) link

Really nice as in... cheese pop with a load of dance signifiers that manages to not quite sound like shit? Cos that’s something I can get on board with!

jimitheexploder, Thursday, 3 March 2011 23:34 (ten years ago) link

Not feeling "Broken Record".

banjee trillness (The Reverend), Thursday, 3 March 2011 23:37 (ten years ago) link

Me either worst of the lot yet by far.

Lights On might be my fave so far and I wasn't that keen on it at first. It seems to have the most legs out of all the singles. On A Mission isn't really working for me anymore and Louder was a bit, well not there...

jimitheexploder, Thursday, 3 March 2011 23:44 (ten years ago) link

Really nice as in... cheese pop with a load of dance signifiers that manages to not quite sound like shit? Cos that’s something I can get on board with!

― jimitheexploder, Thursday, 3 March 2011 23:34 (Yesterday) Bookmark

Yes, exactly.

barieling cosder chout a fagh in a ballme thrantuman (dog latin), Friday, 4 March 2011 14:41 (ten years ago) link

Has this leaked?

Matt DC, Friday, 4 March 2011 14:53 (ten years ago) link

i am feeling "broken record"

teledyldonix, Friday, 4 March 2011 16:30 (ten years ago) link

I don't like it and I suddenly am expecting this album to disappoint me. (But if I expect it to disappoint me, can I still be disappointed?)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 4 March 2011 22:17 (ten years ago) link

"Broken Record" is very much an album track rather than single. I'm still expecting this album to be great.

Okay Pet Shop Boys Aren't That Bad. (lilsoulbrother), Saturday, 5 March 2011 02:49 (nine years ago) link

Lots of remixes up of Broken Record on Rinse's youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWbduBTmcf0

Jacques Greene is my pick of the bunch so far and it isn't to hot, Todd Edwards is ok, Geeneus' funky remix doesn't really sound like funky... all a bit weak really. hmm...

jimitheexploder, Monday, 7 March 2011 11:56 (nine years ago) link

Love Broken Record. The remixes don't sound too hot, though.

abcfsk, Monday, 7 March 2011 12:21 (nine years ago) link

Quite like the JG. It's opened up the original for me a bit. Haven't heard the Geeneus mix yet but curious where he goes with it.

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill The Radio Star (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 7 March 2011 12:39 (nine years ago) link

broken records not bad. sounds like something from the late 90s. im imagining the album will be like recent skream/magnetic man, just with songs.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Monday, 7 March 2011 12:48 (nine years ago) link

Yes, although it is less horrible than those two albums.

barieling cosder chout a fagh in a ballme thrantuman (dog latin), Monday, 7 March 2011 12:53 (nine years ago) link

should be p good. tight producer leash didnt make much sense anymore, and rinse has become something that needs a figurehead

intro/outro, big pop festival tropidnb next 4, cool summer jams middle, super goth last third

r|t|c, Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:15 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eha1FPnqa-s

lorenzo's aptitude for hazy summer vibes lately is perhaps a bit underappreciated - the c&a mix of zinc 'show me', 'i wanna be'...

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i'm assuming

r|t|c, Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:16 (five years ago) link

should i know 'come a little closer' from somewhere

r|t|c, Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:19 (five years ago) link

Yeah it does look like they've rearranged it to put all the R1 boshers at the front, credit to them for not just whacking Rumble right up as track two or whatever.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:20 (five years ago) link

this is what we all wanted!!! :D :D

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:23 (five years ago) link

Idly wondering if she's gone for a full-scale RnG banger here, although the grime producers here are at the clumpier end of the spectrum. No Royal-T in the midst of all this really is unforgivable.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:28 (five years ago) link

aaaahh i can't wait for everyone else to hear these songs

cher guevara (lex pretend), Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:30 (five years ago) link

ikwym but as soon as i started putting together an alt producer list of my own i saw the sense of it, tracks become too distinct in a way that isnt held together by familiarity the way it is here

put more simply, "X" is pointedly different to "(produced by)"

r|t|c, Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:37 (five years ago) link

i make an exception for tom shorterz who could have done the whole thing and every desired flavour would be fire. mildly scandalous omission imho

r|t|c, Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:41 (five years ago) link

wait this isn't out until APRIL???

cher guevara (lex pretend), Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:15 (five years ago) link

i liked the last album more than most but she def seemed to have gotten gummed up creatively, this seems like a real passion project so i'm happy for her

J0rdan S., Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:08 (five years ago) link

it looks like they're doing a continuous mix of this one too, the one for red was def way better than the album tracklist

J0rdan S., Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:09 (five years ago) link

Feel like this could be pretty big.

http://pitchfork.com/news/63347-katy-b-teams-with-craig-david-and-major-lazer-on-who-am-i/

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:29 (five years ago) link

thats great but it sounds so harsh. drums sounds horrible.

Spottie, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:43 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Katy B X Chris Lorenzo - I Wanna Be

https://play.spotify.com/album/0G90muvi4ezH2TKZvWnoE9

Number None, Tuesday, 29 March 2016 20:59 (four years ago) link

not what i'd expect from chris lorenzo but it's v lush

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 29 March 2016 21:43 (four years ago) link

drip-feeding this over four months when it was all ready to go was such an incredibly stupid decision

sort of counterintuitive but the range and variety of styles mean it works much better as an album - these pre-release singles feel much more random just tossed out by themselves without even a video. (plus none of them are the ones i would have personally chosen!) ("calm down" was a very low-key lead but it did its job well enough, then i'd've gone with "dreamerz" or "lose your head") (well i'd've gone with "come a little closer" but god knows when that'll emerge now)

cher guevara (lex pretend), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 10:56 (four years ago) link

there's a video for the craig david one. "i wanna be" is pretty great

art baengels (monotony), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 20:56 (four years ago) link

I'm not sure this is a great album, but it's a good album with great moments. For something that seems intended as a celebration of clubbing life it feels a little lacklustre. The outro is a lot better than any ballad from the last album though.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 2 April 2016 16:49 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Is anyone else listening to this album now that it's out? I.... kinda enjoy it - it's great for gardening - but haven't been obsessed with any of the songs yet.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 30 April 2016 09:43 (four years ago) link

last four-five songs is an incredible stretch and I love the center (i wanna be/calm down)

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 April 2016 13:29 (four years ago) link

yeah the second version of 'Honey' is terrific.

Still listening -- no opinion yet on the whole.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 30 April 2016 13:32 (four years ago) link

ugh this has more non-entities than any other Katy release

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:01 (four years ago) link

Feel like the back half of this is much stronger than the first half, as an album it suffers again from poor sequencing and a general feel of trying to cover too many bases at once, although Lose Your Head is excellent.

I've only listened twice but Calm Down and Dark Delirium were the real standouts, sweeping and slinky at the same time. It made me think that a lush, Philly garage sound would be the very best of all possible looks for Katy.

Matt DC, Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:01 (four years ago) link

Craig David is so unwelcome on this as well.

Matt DC, Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:07 (four years ago) link

i'm also a huge fan of the all-katy "rumble"

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:15 (four years ago) link

i have heard this album and would rather discuss longneck's gardening. tired of picking the bones out of more ifs buts and maybes

r|t|c, Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:27 (four years ago) link

it'll prob grow on me a bit tho... credit to katy that it's a lot more coherent than it rly ought to have been

kinda surprised ppl are big on the back half. if it isn't credited already i bet a fiver that kelis 'get along with you' was listened to sometime around the writing & recording of 'dreamerz'

r|t|c, Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:40 (four years ago) link

I'm not sure she's particularly good at the Radio 1 Big Weekend bangers, or at least not when it feels like she's explicitly writing with that in mind.

J-Hus's verse isn't technically remotely impressive but he certainly has presence, whereas I'm pretty sure you could pull a string in D Double's back that makes him go 'b-d-buk-buk, mui mui, urrr urrr' by this point.

Matt DC, Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:49 (four years ago) link

'honey', 'chase me', 'i wanna be', 'calm down'... i think katy has the maturity, stride, swag now to pull more confidently towards teedra and this album feels at its best when it reflects or even just suggests that growth

r|t|c, Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:02 (four years ago) link

just stunned every time by the foul meandering career-low-for-everyone-involved dirge that is 'who am i'. advise to replace with its (okayish) wookie remix if u can find it

r|t|c, Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:16 (four years ago) link

I find it very unlikely that this it represents a career low for Diplo but yeah that one was an obvious dud. Everything about Craig David's vocal just underlines how great Katy is at phrasing and it isn't even a good song.

Matt DC, Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:21 (four years ago) link

yes u heard right. it's worse than "bitch i'm madonna"

r|t|c, Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:27 (four years ago) link

Given the way Rinse is going the next one will be full of bewildering collaborations with yuppie minimal grime nerds and assorted PC Music bellends so enjoy this one while you can.

Matt DC, Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:37 (four years ago) link

Since you asked (lol) I filled a medium sized container with twigs and sacks of old leaves and then put up a large trampoline. And while I didn't listen to this all the time, after I reached a certain point of exhaustion it was all I could listen to. However I suspect that the album's palatable blandness rather than its soaring excellence was the main reason why it worked so well. Katy can be incredibly relatable once she has the right material to work with but if the material is just below par her music is just there.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:49 (four years ago) link

Given that Katy is the principal songwriter, anything below par is primarily her fault, even if she is attempting a forced rictus grin with Diplo twatting around behind her or whatever.

Matt DC, Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:57 (four years ago) link

Sometimes the lyrics are there but the production just lacks the drama to make it happen, though I guess it speaks to her limitations as a singer too. I do love her singing so it breaks my heart to even type that. However, there is a chance that this album could be a grower. It's just that there's so little on it to pull me back in.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 30 April 2016 22:43 (four years ago) link

the next one will be full of bewildering collaborations with yuppie minimal grime nerds and assorted PC Music bellends

i filled a medium sized container with twigs and sacks of old leaves and then put up a large trampoline

congrats ur hired

r|t|c, Sunday, 1 May 2016 04:55 (four years ago) link

"who am i" was originally katy solo (and better, not so much to really rep for) and the craig david verse feels v patched in at the last minute. the real crime is cutting the other craig david collab which is properly great (hoping it'll pop up on his album)

cher guevara (lex pretend), Sunday, 1 May 2016 10:20 (four years ago) link

congrats ur hired

― r|t|c, Sunday, May 1, 2016 5:55 AM (11 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Thanks. I must admit that I was blackmailed by my neighbours and mother in law into doing it though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 1 May 2016 16:01 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

love this remix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1f0yuFU-WY

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 7 October 2017 01:47 (three years ago) link

was listening to her music recently + wondering what she's up to, apparently there's a whole album of hers i missed out on?

dyl, Saturday, 7 October 2017 17:08 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

"Crying for No Reason" sounds better than it did in 2014.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 July 2018 18:41 (two years ago) link

sounded great then too

dyl, Monday, 23 July 2018 19:05 (two years ago) link

I'm on a plane at 36,000 feet so

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 July 2018 19:07 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

featured on remix of Moses Boyd's "2 Far Gone" - so nice to hear her voice again! it's been far too long

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOYNV7asf74

Roz, Sunday, 21 February 2021 04:54 (one week ago) link

ah that's fantastic

ufo, Sunday, 21 February 2021 05:42 (one week ago) link

when I saw this on my Release Radar my heart skipped a beat, and it’s everything I hoped it could be. she sounds fantastic on this.

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 21 February 2021 07:26 (one week ago) link

It's great! I love the original but this makes a whole new song out of it.


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