Karen Harding Is Really Saying Something

Monday, August 25, 2014

When Whitney Houston passed away a couple of years ago (...it's really been two years? Dang.) I have sort of rolled my eyes over some basic folks claiming they were the next big "Whitney voice". I mean, bless their widdle little hearts for even attempting to align themselves with Her Vocal Highness, ya know? So when I read that Karen Harding, a former X Factor contestant and YouTube enthusiast from Newcastle, stated she wanted to bring a big voice a la Houston back to house music again, I was skeptical, but intrigued.

Well, there are no groans or side-eyes from me as Harding's debut single, "Say Something" truly walks its talk. Co-written and produced by the mega talented, MNEK, "Say Something" is entrenched in potent deep house beats, but its main attraction is Harding's electric shock vocals, which are pretty damn supreme, and yes oh yes, you can hear snippets of Nippy-esque charisma during the breakdowns. The song is just refreshingly great as it sits down next to other B-I-G house tunes like Kiesza's "Hideaway" and Jess Glynne's "Right Here", evoking a lot of that big D-I-V-A sound from the early '90s. To be released on Method Records (home of other biggie house revival act, Disclosure) this October 19th, Karen Harding can rest assured that her gall to compare herself to the grand dames is warranted.

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