LIQUORICE by Azealia Banks
With the beginning of the year we return to one of our favorite new artists of last year and based on the quality of this single, she is likely to have a hugely successfully 2012 as well. Following on from the party anthem that was 212 Azealia Banks and Lazy Jay have used British producer Lone’s, Pinapple Crush to make a rap track with a very distinctive UK feel. Full of acid house and old school rave samples and sounding like a bunch of Top Man attired, well groomed and white shoed sexy RnB heads have walked into an illegal warehouse rave, this is Azealia Banks with Liquorice.
Next up we have the annoying catchy remix one of the most annoying songs of last year, which had nothing to do with the quality of this song itself, just everyone’s tendancy to overplay it. Stripping back Rhianna and Calvin Harris’s We Found Love to something, that at times, barely resembles the original, Star Slinger’s remix is a glitch fest which lets face it, is a lot more fun.
A new single from Cat Power next, which was first brought to my attention because I saw that Pilipino boxing great Mani Pacquiao was in the video. After a few minutes however I find myself no longer concentrating on Mani punching that bag but drifting away to somewhere completely different, carried by that mystical vocal and wonderfully simple but affective reverberated guitar sound, great punchy (get it?) percussion as well. This is available from www.catpowermusic.com for a small fee, all of which goes to good causes.
On now to another track with an beautifully mystic vocal, juxtaposed with punchy percussion, this track by the Weeknd, sounding like the same group of well groomed, sexy RnB boys we discussed earlier, have now wandered into a church and discovered something all the more divine and holy. I find the Weeknd walks a very fine line between being incredible and being something you would normally be ashamed in admitting to liking. It is the excellent production values that keep it on the cool side of the fence and for that, The Weeknd and Montreal, is my Frontier Sounds Singles Selection of the week.