With her understated manner and unstudied cool, south London artist Katy B is as down to earth as they come, but the bridges she builds between music's mainstream and underground are casually momentous. Emerging onto the scene five years ago, Katy brought club sounds into the pop chart with a fluid sense of ease, working with her producer Geeneus, boss of London pirate-turned-legit radio station Rinse FM, to create combinations of sounds that were unexpected but felt intuitive. In her music, dubstep and U.K. funky beats rubbed up against incandescent melodies to create songs that moved the heart as well as the feet, struck through with a rare intimate detail with moments of startling poetry that characterized her dispatches from dancefloors, night buses, and diaries.
In 2016, Katy's approach has the same keen eye, but her ambitions have grown in scale and scope. Her third album Honey, due this April, is her most formally ambitious yet. The album artwork reflects this: a roll-call of the globe's most in-demand producers and MCs, pointing to the south London artist's role as curator as well as artist. It moves from swaggering London grime to hard-hitting house; from critically fêted experimental producers like Four Tet and Mr Mitch to Major Lazer’s tropical house, as well as a new take on Katy’s jaunty U.K. number one from last year, a collaboration with London house artist KDA on “Turn The Music Louder (Rumble).”