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Essential tracks: Azealia Banks’ new single, and more songs you need to hear

Azealia Banks



Do It With a Rockstar
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra; free download at

Do we want to dance? Do we want to fight? Do we want to get drunk and stay the night? The controversial artist asks excellent rhetorical questions. Her glam-punk, slam-rock and Bowie answers are even better.


Musical Mechanical Electrical Man
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, fromJump Start (Alligator) ; clip streaming at

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Socket to us! Chicago's roughhousing slide-master Lil'Ed Williams jukes up a jumpy fuss and pledges all sorts of rewiring and fix-it skills.


Azealia Banks, from the forthcoming mixtape Fantasea ; streaming here

Steel drums and rap – why didn't we think of that? The next urban-music big thing talks trash, rhymes "fruity-tootie" with "booty" and generally brings the jungle.


Legendary Child
Aerosmith, from the forthcoming Music from another Dimension ; streaming at here

A heavily produced reworked riff-rocker from 1991 references Walk This Way lyrically – "took a chance at the high school dance" – and borrows musically from Led Zeppelin's The Wanton Song and Aerosmith's own Last Child and Shut Up And Dance. With their first new music in more than a decade, the Toxic Twins Joe Perry and Steven Tyler are heavily into recycling.

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