Music Round-up: Active Child, Azealia Banks, Angel Haze, AlunaGeorge, Dawn Richard

Oh it’s been a busy week. We’ve been a bit lethargic after eating one too many mince pies (and, quite frankly, we remain socially over-occupied), but we’re back and as opinionated as ever. Here’s what’s been going on this week at PressPLAY HQ:

Azealia Banks – BBD
We’re going to be a bit controversial here and say we’re not feeling this one. We’re partial to a bit of Azealia (as out end of year list will testify), and the rhymes are as tight as ever,┬ábut we can’t help but feeling she’s going a bit Uffie in her stop-start journey to irrelevance. Add to that a childish Twitter beef with Angel Haze this week, and it’s all getting a bit embarrassing. Sort your shit out, love.


Angel Haze – On the Edge
Sigh. And here comes the inevitable Azealia diss track from Angel Haze. Someone throw some mud over these two and get this over with. Girl power indeed.

AlunaGeorge – Diver
Love them, love everything about them. Aluna’s sonorous vocals completely dominate in Diver, perhaps the duo’s most traditionally R&B cut of their catalogue so far. Not that we needed to wet ourselves over them any further, but these saviours of the genre are the only reason we’ve stopped having seances to bring back Left Eye.

Dawn Richard – Norma Jeanne
Credit where it’s due – thanks to Pitchfork for turning us on to this one. Fabulous R&B and slick beats: despite having the name of a downtrodden receptionist for a low-rent accountant, Dawn Richard gets us as excited as Jhene Aiko for the genre. Have a listen to Norma Jeanne (below) or the entire Armor On mixtape to see what we mean.