Katy Perry isn’t the only Katy in the game churning out the goods right now.
Katy B, supplier of D.A.D. Music (that’s Dependably Amazing Dance Music for short), has been unleashing hugely danceable, highly sing-alongable left-of-center tunage ever since her April 2011 debut, On A Mission — including this year’s early summer treat: “What Love Is Made Of.”
With her latest single “5 AM,” the UK dance floor princess finds herself out all night feeling lonely, losing her friends, looking for love in all the wrong places and dancing away the demons in hot pursuit of a special someone that’ll satiate her cravings: “I need some loving like Valium,” she achingly purrs on repeat. Hey, if MDNA won’t offer you any MDMA and Miley‘s too busy dancing with Molly, you might as well work on finding yourself a natural alternative to get your chemical fix.
The song itself is pure dark, throbbing perfection, filled out by a four-on-the-floor pulse. There’s the glorious post-chorus breakdown midway through — a burst of stuttering vocals (as a self-professed stutter vocal enthusiast, I can say this moment is bliss) — as well as that heaven-sent bridge, complete with almighty crooning and early ’90’s House piano chords: “Lay me down, treat me kind / Take the stresses off my mind!” Damn.
Deceptively depressing lyricism and infectious beats? Oh yes, “5 AM” serves up exactly what I need.
Allow Katy to numb the pain.
Katy B is working on her second studio album. (iTunes)