Sunday, July 27, 2014

Azealia Banks makes triumphant return after split with Universal Music Group


Last month, after over two years of struggles with Universal Music Group labels Interscope and Polydor, Azealia Banks finally revealed that she was able to wiggle out of her coveted record deal. Disputes with the labels held Banks' debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, from its release.

Banks is now treating the loyal fans she has maintained, even during a long period of broken album release promises and disappointing setbacks, with the leak and release of "Heavy Metal & Reflective," one of the many tracks slated for release on her debut album.

The rapping on "Heavy Metal & Reflective" is carried with dark, intimidating vocal tone, while the song's instrumental track is the best part about it. The song's production was handled by Lil Internet, who also worked on the previously released single "Yung Rapunxel," and is heavily influenced by trap music, with some dial-up modem sounds scratching above the base instrumental. 

The short song is a strong comeback for Banks, who is now trying to restart both the Broke With Expensive Taste era and her new career as a independent artist. The fact that she has been forced to sit on these tracks for so long is devastating as a fan. It may not be her best work when compared to songs like older cuts like "BBD" and "212," but least we can all be thankful that it is strides ahead of the mess that was a last attempt to expose Banks to a bigger audience: "ATM Jam."

"Heavy Metal & Reflective" will be digitally released independently by Azealia Banks on iTunes and Amazon Music tomorrow.

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