02 March 2013

NEW MUSIC: KATY B FT JESSIE WARE AND GEENEUS - "AALIYAH" (URBAN HOUSE, UK)



Katy B tore up the scene several years back with her debut album "On A Mission" that fused techno arrangements with nineties vibes and house ingested beats. In between her sophomore instalment due this year the Londoner released a four-track EP entitled "Danger" last December that included collaborations with Diplo and Wiley. Now feels like the perfect time to peruse one of its stand out tracks. To anyone who has knowledge of R'n'B the song's title, "Aaliyah", immediately hints that this might be some straightforward, unimaginative tribute to the legendary singer whose cuts were ingenious and veiled with personal mystery. Thankfully that couldn't be further from the truth as we find the creative mastery of both Katy B and Jessie Ware have made Aaliyah a presence; a spectral, omnipotent feeling that they both cannot compete against as their lyrics suggest: "Aaliyah please, this is green envy, why must you taunt me girl?" The intangible rivalry stirs emotions yet also pays a thoughtful, well-crafted homage to the singer. Fragmented house wobbles and zorbing beats evoke nineties urban grooves and slick production techniques. Both artists' vitreous chords pierce the digital soundboards to great effect producing a contemporary number that strides along with fantastic energy, intelligent references and a dynamic chorus layout.

Check out "Aaliyah" below and tell us what you think by leaving us a comment. You can also download the EP "Danger" for free via Katy B's official website.



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