Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Azealia Banks suddenly, unexpectedly produces a tasty new song

After three years of dicking about, releasing so-so singles and falling out with anyone who blinks at her the wrong way (or the right way, or who just blinks at all) Azealia Banks has done the last thing anyone expected and released a memorable new single.

A bubblicious electropop earworm, the half-sung, half-rapped tune is called Chasing Time and it goes like this:

Good, huh?

Judging by the lyrics, it's half mea culpa, and half kiss-off to Universal Records - who let her go in July after a long, fruitless struggle to put out her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste.

"My attitude is bitchy, but we already knew that," Banks raps. "And since we can't get along, I think we should both move on".

That's markedly more mature than a lot of the language the New Yorker has used over the last couple of years, both on and off record. And it seems her recent live shows have presented a less angry, more grown up Azealia Banks, too.

So let's hope Chasing Time marks a new lease of life for someone who seemed doomed to be a wasted, frustrated, forgotten talent.

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