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Katy B, On A Mission (Sony)

The British underground scene has long been about the guys behind the mixing desks; female vocals, usually anonymous and forgettable, were added almost as an afterthought.

 

 South London’s Katy B restores the equilibrium. The 21-year-old Brit School graduate blasted onto the mainstream radar in autumn when her first single Katy On A Mission, against Benga’s dubstep instrumental, went to number five.

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Now she’s hyped as the darling of dubstep, and rightly so (to an extent) if her brilliant debut album On A Mission is anything to go by -- it’s an urban electronic feast of everything from funky house to drum’n’bass and rave.

The singles, such as Lights On, featuring Ms Dynamite, are obviously high impact, but Katy’s R’n’B-influenced vocals and boy-trouble-heavy lyrics are strong throughout, backed by energetic beats from Geneus and Zync.

Witches’ Brew is probably the most exciting track, with its manic synth waves leading into eardrum-vibrating broken beats.

If she’s on a mission to be the sound of summer, she’s smashed it.

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