On A Mission
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on April 4th, 2011 at 3:53p.m.
Katy B's debut studio album was always going to be a good one. I don't think I've heard a bad single from her, and everything she touches with her vocals seems to do phenomenally well in the charts.
It's produced by DJ Geeneus, Rinse FM's boss, Benga (one third of Magnetic Man), and Zinc. The quality of the tracks is understandably very high, and I don't think there's a weak one amongst them.
You've probably heard a fair few of the tracks on the album already, either as singles on the radio, or from other artist's albums. Katy On A Mission is probably the most well known song, having been the mega hit of last summer (and probably a bit overplayed because of it). Another is Lights On featuring Ms Dynamite (an inspired choice), which was released late last year as the follow up. Broken Record, Katy's latest single, has only just been released, but it's already getting a lot of airplay on radio.
That's not to say the rest of the album is just filler. The other tracks all feature the hallmarks of a Katy B's stunning vocals, catchy (memorable) lyrics and insidiously addictive beats.
Standout tracks from the rest of the album include Perfect Stranger which is actually a Magnetic Man track for which Katy B lended her voice (similar to Katy On A Mission). Witches Brew is another brilliant track; funky bassline, up-and-down tempo and atmospheric vocals.
Of course one of the main plus points on the album is the impressive mix of genres. Tracks swing from dubstep to garage and funky without compromising the quality one bit, blending into each other seamlessly. Above all the tracks all complement each other very well, which on an album like this oftentimes does not happen. It's a brilliant album, and if you've liked any of Katy's previous tracks you'll most definitely like On A Mission.