07 August 2014


The continually well mannered Azealia Banks (note the sarcasm) has had quite a tumultuous career: numerous Twitter spats, constant corporate interference and an album that never materialised. Finally the pugnacious matriarch has cast the shackles aside and parted ways with her record label and already the New Yorker has a fantastic slab of sleazy urban bass that'll make your senses grimace.

"Heavy Metal And Reflective" is a foreboding onslaught of whirring sound contortions, frenetic horns and underground beats. It is a sickeningly perfect return for Banks that fuses salacious grime movements to a recurring dance hook. There is an obvious stupor courtesy of Azealia's mesmeric tonal behaviourisms that nudges this single along: purrs, kissed teeth, veiled attitude, slick vocals and forthright rap. Banks has covered all bases whilst ensuring this latest effort feels darker compared to her previous experimental mixtapes. "Heavy Metal And Reflective" remains energised throughout, feeling decidedly similar to M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls". Perfect. Urban. Anthem. 

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