Monday, January 07, 2013

Song of the day (2)

"Got Paid", by Katy B.

And speaking of Gary Numan, this song starts off with 10 seconds of pure, unadorned Numanesque synth squelch. You would think, wouldn't you, that it would be all downhill from there. You would be wrong: partly because of the song's irresistible happy-times vibe, partly because Katy B has a voice that has genuine kick while also being as smooth as.

Normally I'm not a fan of songs that have guest rappers, or what have you, dropping in for a bit of a rant half way through. But for this I can't help but make an exception.

The other notable thing about this song is that it comes as part of a free four-song downloadable EP. By a name act. On the most major of major labels. And none of these songs could be described as leavings, floor-scrapings or other detritus. They are good. This, I suspect, says something bigger about the future of the music industry than might be immediately apparent. (Of course your understandable first reaction was: "Cool! Free stuff!") What that something is I'm not at all certain, but when Sony -- Sony! -- starts giving you something for nothing, that suggests to me that somewhere, somehow, shit is going down.

Maybe the answer lies in the attendant "Privacy Policy". Or maybe I'm just jumping at shadows. Wouldn't be the first time.