“What Love Is Made Of”

U.K. singer Katy B's polyglot club pop nearly won her the Mercury Prize two years ago. The ravey, effervescent "Love" is B's first single of 2013 – durable music, but by no means trailblazing. "Give it to me/The recipe," she belts over a rising tide of synths. Fitting: The song follows a template as old as she is, and then some.

From The Archives Issue 1184: June 6, 2013