Yes, it’s rolled ‘round again; the BBC Sound Of 2012 longlist has today been revealed. Having previously been topped by the MOR likes of Ellie Goulding, Mika, Keane, Adele, and Jessie J, this year’s list sees very little in the way of a big potential chart star. The longlist is also lacking in guitar bands. Last year’s list contained The Vaccines, Anna Calvi, Esben & The Witch, Yuck, Warpaint and Mona as the six-string stars for the future whereas Spector are the only nominees representing the indie world this time around. The inclusion of Skrillex is a baffling one, not only because he’s awful but also because Sonny Moore, the man behind the moniker, has been around for ages. Most commentators are chipping in that it’s not only too late to include him on this year’s list, but last year’s too.
The longlist in full is:
- A$AP Rocky
- Azealia Banks
- Dot Rotten
- Dry The River
- Flux Pavillion
- Frank Ocean
- Jamie N Commons
- Liane La Havas
- Michael Kiwanuka
- Niki & The Dove
- Ren Harvieu
If we were a betting blog, then our hypothetical money would be on OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean to claim the top spot, since he’s clearly got the biggest chance of success and crossover potential. Azealia Banks is another likely choice, considering the rumbling ball of hype surrounding her (first in the NME Cool List, opening slot on that publication’s Radar Tour, support from Pitchfork).
"212" may have made her the next big thing, but this writer was unconvinced by Azealia Banks. To these ears, it just seemed monotonous and uninspired; a stage school attempt at Nicki Minaj. However, Azealia dropped this track today, which will likely feature on her upcoming debut album, and it lives up to the hype. Sampling LONE’s “Pinapple Crush”, it’s a ravey pop number with a stellar flow and an incessant hook: "I’m the liquorice bitch/You know I’m lookin’ for these niggas if these niggas is rich". Things just started looking up for the next big thing.
Oh, the wonders of Soundcloud. After jumping on Azealia’s new track “Liquorice”, I found myself delving into the rest of her tracks on the site and finding this cover of an Interpol classic. Not a foul-mouthed flow in sight, opting instead for her sweet singing voice, Banks reimagines the track as a soulful slow jam. It’s fresh and fantastic.
The Scissor Sisters’ comeback single is already being hailed as the first big pop tune of the year so far, and rightly so. It’s camp, glossy and totally bizarre. Featuring rapper du jour Azealia Banks on vocals and writing duty, it’s not hard to imagine this becoming absolutely huge, against all odds (even if Jake Shears’ rap flow sounds suspiciously similar to Banks’ own). The video involves the oddest school play you’ve ever seen.
Azealia Banks’ debut release 1991 is out May 29th (via Interscope). The four-track EP was originally intended for release on April 17th, but was delayed due to Banks’ management change.
1991’s tracklisting is
- Van Vogue
Her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste is expected out later in the year.
Let us know what your top ten of the year is…
Quite excellent news of the day: Just when you thought it was no longer possible to be excited or interested by something Lady Gaga does.
New track from the self-proclaimed “Yung Rapunxel” Azealia Banks, taken from her long-delayed debut album Broke With Expensive Taste.
Leak of the day: What you see up there is supposedly the leaked tracklist for Beyonce’s fifth album which is rumoured to drop early next month. This scribbled piece of paper was leaked by a member of the Stargate production team on his Twitter account, which has now mysteriously disappeared.
So let’s have a look at what is likely on Queen Bey’s new album… well Stargate are producing, along with The-Dream, and Beyonce & Jay-Z too. It’s been written by Bey herself with Ne-Yo, Solange, Sia, Usher and Frank Ocean. The featured artists list is as starry as possible, with spots from Lady Gaga, Azealia Banks Justin Timblerlake, Jay-Z, Sia, Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Solange. No duet with baby Blue Ivy just yet then.
Looks like April 11th is set to be a good day for all things pop if this is accurate.