Katy Perry Goes Deep House In New ‘Prism’ Track “Walking On Air”: Listen

Well! After revealing the paint-by-numbers pop-rock smash “Roar” and the dissonant, trappy “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry has unveiled the latest tune from her upcoming LP Prism, and it’s probably much better than its predecessors. (Okay, it’s definitely better than its predecessors.) The new track, “Walking On Air,” goes as deep house as a mainstream pop record can go — with frosty, clattering synths courtesy of producer Klas Ahlund (a frequent Robyn collaborator) and a fluttery vocal performance from Perry. The lyrics, though, are still quintessentially Katy, sort of likably goofy and self-conscious — “You’re reading me like erotica / Boy you make me feel exotica” — but the chorus is radio-friendly, infectious and aerobic.

Loop the instrumental track for another few minutes and send it out to the club. It’s dancefloor ready.

As the EDM craze wheezes its last dying gasp and the pummeling David Guetta-style house relinquishes its death grip over mainstream radio, it’s a relief to hear major artists like Perry beginning to reference the early ’90s deep house sound that artists like Katy B and Azealia Banks (when she isn’t busy being a horrible monster on Twitter) have so deftly utilized. Maybe there will still be something to dance to after all.

Listen below.

Katy Perry — “Walking On Air”

Check the full lyrics to “Walking On Air” over at Directlyrics.com

  • carlos

    I don’t like Azealia Banks much anymore, but her songs are far superior. This sounds like a 12 years old trying to write 90s music. The beginning was promising but the chorus is underwhelming.

  • drew

    I don’t know… I actually really like it. It takes me back to dancing around as an 8 year old.

    I would prefer Katy to do this than “roar”-ing everywhere.

  • Sven Kiebooms

    I like it!

  • Brett

    I LOVE THIS!!! I’m digging the CeCe Peniston vibe! Best song I’ve heard from the album thus far.

  • Sean

    Do some research before writing an article. Two minutes on Google or Wikipedia could tell you that this is NOT deep house. I swear, the internet is ruining the art of journalism. This song is NOT deep house. It’s inspired by straight-up early 90′s house.

    You guys are a decent music blog. Know your material.

  • krissna

    but still good song to me tho

  • Yoani Veg

    i dont like . sounds like britney . DO NOT LIKE

  • John England

    Definitely NOT deep house! Barely rises to pop house. This is, and there’s nothing wrong with it, a pure pop dance track. Enjoy it as is. To the author, what the hell?

  • Microphunk

    this and deep house? got to be fcuking kidding me? really badly written instrumental haha.. even i can make better stuff lol


  • Nick Caldarera

    not deep house. not a good vocal imo. those stabs are kinda nice though.