NEW MUSIC: Azealia Banks, “Yung Rapunxel” (prod. by Lil Internet)
Listen to Azealia go fucking wild on her new single. Song of the day.
JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH: 10 ALBUMS THAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW
Arcade Fire, TBA
After winning Album of the Year with The Suburbs in 2010, Arcade Fire toured the world and are now hard at work on their fourth studio LP. Considering their first three are all genuinely perfect, we’re pretty excited.
Azealia Banks, Broke with Expensive Taste
Azealia has been great at whetting our appetites with the “1991” EP and her Fantasea mixtape, as well as a few tracks on Soundcloud, but we really can’t wait for Broke with Expensive Taste to finally drop at some point this year.
We are mad. Beyoncé performed at the Super Bowl, announced a world tour, and premiered an HBO documentary… so where the fuck is this fifth album, B? Where is the new single we were expecting in the beginning of February? WHY ARE PEPSI PAYING YOU? GIVE US BEYONCÉ OR GIVE US DEATH.
Britney Spears, TBA
Our Holy Spearit and Saviour, Britney Jean, confirmed that she was back in the studio after The X Factor wrapped up. Britney Spears is the only constant in life. You always know that a Britney album will be an amazing album. We’re sure her eighth will be no different.
Charli XCX, True Romance
Even though we’ve heard a few of the tracks before, we must admit that we don’t know all of them. So while Charli XCX’s die-hard fans are disappointed that they’ll only get a few new tracks, In Fame We Trust will get eight or so. Praise! Charli XCX will also be supporting Marina and the Diamonds on her US tour this spring.
Never one to shy away from controversy, we’re excited to see what M.I.A. has up her sleeve with her fourth LP. Not to mention that her first three albums were pretty great. Even if 2010’s /\/\/\Y/\ was not quite on par with Arular or Kala, it was still better than most artists could dream of.
While a lot of people felt that Congratulations was not quite on the same level as MGMT’s debut, particularly because it lacked hits like “Electric Feel,” we thought it was a pretty great album - especially after seeing MGMT live. We await the third with open arms!
Mutya Keisha Siobhan, TBA
WHEN ARE MUTYA KEISHA SIOBHAN BLESSING US WITH MUSIC? The original line-up of Sugababes reunited late last year and have allegedly been working with Emeli Sande and DEV HYNES. Dev Hynes who produced Solange’s “Losing You” and Sky’s “Everything Is Embarrssing.” Dev Hynes. So there’s that.
Prince may not be quite as consistent as he was in the 80s and early 90s, but he’s still great - we only have to look back as recently as “Black Sweat” to know that. “Screwdriver” sounds like classic, fun Prince so if that’s anything to go by, we may be in for a real treat.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mosquito
Karen O is perfect and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are perfect and everything they’ve ever done is perfect, so yeah. We are pretty excited for Mosquito. “Sacrilege” may not pack the same punch as some of the tracks on Show Your Bones or the synths of “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll,” but that gospel choir is great. We have faith.
Third album from Vampire Weekend; possibility of a new solo set by Kanye; Sky Ferreira finally releasing an album, if that ever happens; the Madonna “surprise” that has been much buzzed about on her fan sites?
JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH: 10 tracks we can’t live without, week II
AlunaGeorge, “Attracting Flies”
British newcomers and critical darlings continue to impress with their latest offering.
Azealia Banks, “Barely Legal”
The “212” singer proves she can sing as well as she can rap with her club-ready take on The Strokes.
Junip, “Line of Fire”
Swedish trio create an incredibly lush soundscape fronted by José González’s vocals.
Kleerup, “Requiem Solution” (feat. Loreen)
More goodness from Sweden. Kleerup continues to master the art of tears-on-the-dancefloor electropop.
Little Boots, “Motorway”
Pop flop Little Boots puts out another great song that will go criminally unnoticed.
Major Lazer, “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)”
Zombie-slaying dancehall king makes us want to dutty whine all over again.
Who thought that Phoenix could muster up even more energy than on their last album? Color us impressed.
Shystie, “Control It” (feat. Azealia Banks)
British rapper Shystie and her Stateside counterpart Azealia Banks reunite again, complete with a video that shows off pretty sick visuals.
Tiny Dancer, “Who Am I”
Part Kate Bush, part Gwen Stefani, Tiny Dancer is an 18-year-old newcomer and one to watch out for.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Karen O and Co. are finally back, with a gospel choir in tow.
VIDEO: Shystie, “Control It” (feat. Azealia Banks)
NEW MUSIC: Azealia Banks x The Strokes, “Barely Legal”
Having just announced her new single’s release date next month, Azealia Banks has given fans a lil treat to hold themselves over. Listen to her take on The Strokes’ “Barely Legal.”
NEWS: Azealia Banks will finally release “Yung Rapunxel”… soon
Azealia Banks has confirmed details on the release of her new single “Yung Rapunxel” after a series of delays.
The song will be released on iTunes on March 26, 2013, over a month later than the original release date.
The “Liquorice” singer tweeted: “HOLY FUCKING SHIT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH HOLDING ON TO #YUNGRAPUNXEL WAS FUCKING EATING ME UP.”
Banks also promised snippets and a music video directed by Jam Sutton.
“Yung Rapunxel” will be the second single lifted from Banks’ debut album Broke with Expensive Taste, following her breakthrough hit “212.”
Last year Banks released the “1991” EP and the official mixtape Fantasea.
NEWS: Azealia Banks announces debut album’s lead single
Azealia Banks has announced the lead single from her forthcoming debut album, despite reports suggesting she had been dropped.
“Yung Rapunxel” will be Banks’ first major label single upon its release on February 12.
“BIG CHANGE OF PLANS,” Banks tweeted. “My first single is actually not going 2 be Miss Amor / Miss Camaraderie’. It’s goin 2 be a song called ‘YUNG RAPUNXEL’ prod. By @LILINTERNET.”
Banks recently unveiled two new tracks on her Soundcloud account, “BBD” and “No Problems.”
The artist’s debut album Broke with Expensive Taste is expected to be released later this year.
VIDEO: Azealia Banks, “Atlantis”