The change in sound could be due to Honey being a collaborative record – each song features at least one other artist or producer, with an impressive roll call stacking up across the full thing. Who Am I boasts both Diplo's Grammy-winning troupe Major Lazer and garage comeback king Craig David to make a steel-pan-infused, emotional anthem. Four Tet and Floating Points lend a hand on the skittering Calm Down, on which Katy returns to one of her favourite subjects – her love of clubbing. "All I really wanna do is dance," she sighs over glitchy beats before admitting,"There's this feeling I feel called joy when I free myself".
Katy B may be moving on, but she's not forgetting her roots. Long-time collaborator Geeneus still features on Honey, with two credits to his name. There's Water Rising, a dramatic, piano-led ballad that kicks up a gear with slowed down breakbeats. And then, the whole thing gets rounded off with the Rinse FM boss teaming up with the singer and rising grime upstart Novelist on Honey (Outro). On it, Katy half-raps, "All I have is London streets/All I have is rhymes and beats," and while she might not be totally leaving the city that made her behind, expanding her horizons not only suits her, but has also produced her best record yet.
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