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Do You Know “What Love is Made of?” A review of Katy B’s latest single.

Posted by Shamir Lee on 06/18 at 05:58 PM

Grade: A

So…Katy B has released a new single! Are you as excited as I am? You should be. I’ve been waiting for a new track from her for a while now. Last week I thought I would check up on her, see what was new, and to my surprise, there was the music video of “What Love is Made of” on her YouTube channel! It’s the first promotional single from her (soon to be released) second album. I don’t really care for the video, but the song is classic Katy B.

For those of you who don’t know, Katy B hails from London and rose to prominence after the release of her first single back in 2010, “Katy On a Mission,” which reached number five on the UK singles chart. Ever since then, she’s been filling dance clubs with her smooth beats and immaculate vocals that sound just as good live as in the studio, and has even been nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2011. She’s known for incorporating an old school house/jungle/garage sound in her music. “What Love is Made of” is no exception, and in my opinion, is even more old school than most of her previous releases.

The repetitive lyrics could become an annoyance in other songs, but here, it works to enhance the garage beats. I feel like I took a time machine back to the early 90s where house music was dominating the clubs. I think dance music in pop culture today has been abused and overused. But when dance music is done right, an artist can concoct an enchanting brew of simple lyrics and mysterious rhythms that take you away from reality and to a place of relaxation. That’s how I’ve felt with almost all Katy B’s songs, and this one hasn’t failed to match the others. It almost beats “Broken Record” as my favorite Katy B song.

If you enjoy old school dance music, specifically from the 90s, check out this song and the rest of Katy B’s discography.

{name} Author: Shamir Lee
Bio: Shamir Lee is a senior majoring in Advertising. She’s a writer for Penn State’s CRITIQUE, a student-run business magazine. Additionally, she has created ads and flyers for One Heart, an organization fighting against child sexual abuse. She’s interested in looking at cats, doing ballet, exercising, and ending animal cruelty. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, some of her favorites being Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ("sorry, I just really like the cinematography"). Music is a big part of her life, as she plays piano, a little bit of guitar, and used to play saxophone. Some of her favorite musicians are Jason Becker, BUCK-TICK, Megadeth, Aivi Tran, Missing Persons, Nina Hagen, Prince, and Koji Kondo.


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