Katy B is a criminally under-appreciated U.K. singer whose mesmerizing voice and consistently keen ear for the next wave of dance music made her one of the game’s smartest upstarts (plus it doesn’t hurt that the brilliant 26-year-old can destroy the higher range of her octave without breaking a sweat).
This morning Katy B returns with “Calm Down,” a full-bodied slice of electro-pop produced with the help of Four Tet and Floating Points. Built around a dripping double-dutching bass and hollowed-and-glazed keyboards, the song takes the best bits of all three artists and stitches them together without any sign of the handiwork. It’s all bliss and no mess. “When / Are we ever going to calm down?” Katy asks, her smooth harmonizing ripe with attitude.
“Calm Down” is the first, unmissable taste of Katy B’s third full-length album Honey — her Little Red follow-up — due out in early 2016. If you’re London-based, Katy’s also announced her biggest show in the city to date at Brixton Academy on May 14. Tickets will be available starting on Monday, December 14. Fill your ears with “Calm Down” below and rejoice at the return of a singular voice worth every spotlight the world can afford her.