hmv's Albums of 2014: Azealia Banks
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today, we focus on Azealia Banks, will Broke With Expensive Taste finally come out this year?
A Little Background...
Since she penetrated international consciousness at the end of 2011 with the undeniable '212', Harlem's newest, brashest, least predictable rap star Azealia Banks has been working towards the moment when her debut album would be released, and... we're... almost... there.......….. now! (ish)
To be fair, there's been no shortage of entertainment and output from Banks while the various postponements, revisions and retractions in connection with the album have been announced over the last two years. We've had an EP (1991), a mix tape (Fantasea), a whole bunch of singles and videos and enough spats with fellow artists (over that medium which facilitates such bitch-fests so beautifully - Twitter) for a lifetime. In addition to all this, Banks has been doing some pretty extensive touring including a ball-breaking mid-afternoon performance at last year's Glastonbury.
What's It Called?
The title of the album was announced last February as Broke With Expensive Taste and to the best of our knowledge this still stands! Banks is probably slightly less broke now though than when the title was first conceived.
What Will It Sound Like?
This is anyone's guess really! With Banks' penchant for working with a different producer each week (and only sometimes because she's fallen out with the last one) and also for constantly changing her mind about the proposed track listing, we are still in the dark somewhat. We're pretty sure '212' is going to be on there though and it's fair to expect the rest of it to be dancey, aggressive and with sojourns into 90s rave stylings for which she's demonstrated a strong taste in the past (she opened her Glastonbury set with her remix of The Prodigy's 'Out Of Space').
Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Probably a better question would be ‘Are There Any Big Names Absentees?’, then we could say ‘Yeah! You’ve got Disclosure (track dropped after Banks decided they had been rude about her in an interview), Pharrell Williams (recent single ATM Jam features Williams on production and vocals - Banks recently indicated in a tweet that it was now dropped) and Busta Rhymes (has collaborated twice with Banks including recent remix of Beyoncé’s Partition but sadly not tipped to feature on the album)’.
It seems that for Banks no working relationship is sacred and that if she’s not happy in any way with the fruits of the collaboration then she has enough confidence in creating something fresh for it not to be a problem ditching it without a further thought.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
We're currently looking at March but if we get to April and it still hasn't come out, don't say we didn't warn you.