British club icon Paul Oakenfold has never shyed from taking his sound to new and popular mediums. True to the experimental form that continues to fuel the route towards his Pop Killer album, the long serving trance producer unites with New York rap songstress Azealia Banks and Richard Beynon to follow-up earlier confirmation of some of his most audacious collaborative duties to date. For the most part, Oakenfold and Beynon’s euphoric undertones dominate this crossover offering, pitting the inoffensive trance elements that have excelled the trance icons sound to the commercial market and beyond over the past two decades against Azealia’s coming-of-age hip hop agenda. Between her singing digression and full-bodied verses, the track offers a considerably quality offering compared to some of the urban crossover casualties dance music has been exposed to over the past several years.
On working with Banks, Paul Oakenfold told Dancing Astronaut: “We had a lot of fun making this track together in the Red Bull studio in LA. Azealia is a talented singer. We worked really well together and I was very happy with the result.”
Hit more to hear the Ibiza edition of the track and stay more posted for details of a formal release date and format. (more…)
Yesterday, Azealia Banks excitedly announced on Twitter her “session” with Disclosure, prompting speculation around the world of a new collaboration between the rapper and the hotter-than-hot UK songwriters. The boys, however, dispelled any notion of a serious or official collaboration in the works during an interview with a Dutch radio host. They confirmed they were in the studio with Banks, but basically indicated her tweet was an overblown description of what went down. As they explained, “All these blogs think we’ve now made a masterpiece and we were really just kind of sat there eating sushi.”
After the release of their breakthrough full length Settle, the Disclosure boys have not been content to rest on their laurels. Following in path of their collaborations with AlunaGeorge, Jamie Woon, Eliza Doolittle and more, Guy and Howard have just spent some time in the studio with the queen of Twitter tantrums, Azealia Banks, who disclosed her studio session with Disclosure yesterday.
Some of you may be using your holidays to light the menorah, trim the tree, or eat an obscene amount of peppermint bark but Fatboy Slim makes us mixes. Last year, Norm released a free mix to celebrate Christmas cheer and we’re taking another listen this year as a lead-up to the 2012 holidays. This is a DJ mix in the traditional sense; Norm throws in the old and new, telling a story suited for both commercial and underground ears along the way. We’ve got Queen, Riva Starr, Beardyman, Azealia Banks, Afrojack, Bart B More & Harvard Bass, Grandmaster Flash, and Moby all woven together into a neat little Fatboy Slim tapestry of sound. It’s high energy and never misses a beat — take a listen for yourself below.
Rudimental dropped a new track on their Soundcloud page yesterday, and we couldn’t be happier it features Angel Haze. “Hell Could Freeze” is one part RnB soul jam and one part syncopated house track. Angel, alternating between spitting dirty rap lines and sickly sweet tones, also shows her diversity. Think of what would happen if Delilah and Azealia Banks made a baby and you’ll get the swagger of Angel Haze.