Katy B

Katy B has begun a triumphant return in this year as evidenced by “What Love Is Made Of” and the more recent “5 AM.” Those songs were great, club-ready tracks carried by Katy’s propulsive voice. And yet, they don’t quite prepare you for this “5 AM” b-side “I Like You.” B’s sultry voice rides along with just the right amount of airiness, while the “I like you … a little bit” balances it with a flirty punch. It’s produced by George Fitzgerald, pushing his melodic, driving house beats to the limit, even setting up a false ending before bringing everything back even harder.

Little Red is out early 2014 via Rinse/Columbia.

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