Inspired by American punk rock and classic girl groups like The Shirelles and The Supremes, it signals a significant departure from the perky, teenage pop of her debut.
A former Brits School student, she had been working in a branch of River Island in Watford before hitting the charts, and she found the transition an awkward one.
‘Touring was fun, but it was stressful,’ says Kate, now 22.
‘I went from living at home with my parents to living out of a suitcase.
I got depressed and found myself drinking to relax.’ Over lunch in a North London gastro-pub, Kate is her old, chatty self again.
She seems comfy and at ease, opening up about family, her new album, and her recent rediscovery of playing live (she took a break between albums). Her talents were harnessed further when she wrote songs for her GCSE in Music and her time studying at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon, South London.