“BBD” – Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks kicks off the new year with “BBD,” impeccably produced by Sup Doodle and Apple Juice Kid. Banks’ new single is reminiscent of “212,” the first track that landed the sassy rapper on the charts’ radar. “BBD” has the cross-genre elements that Banks is known for, with futuristic instrumentation, and a hyper speed beat that will have you exhausted by the end of the track. Banks’ debut album Broke with Expensive Taste drops this year.
“Lost in my Bedroom” – Sky Ferreira
Any music video that starts off with a warning for those sensitive to flashing strobe lights is bound to be a gooder. Sky Ferreira’s latest single “Lost in my Bedroom” is a creepy masterpiece. Filmed like a home video, we see Ferreira filming her own dance party in her room. Ferreira has the “pretty/ugly” look down pat with her messy blonde hair and makeup, still managing to make me jealous that I’m not her. This is definitely one party I would love to attend.
“Leaving” – Skrillex
Skrillex fans: hold on to your hats because you’re going to be surprised with his new track. “Leaving,” pretty much sounds nothing like the producer’s usual club-banging, bass dropping, party-dub sound he’s so well known for. Instead, Skrillex takes a whole new direction with this ambient, laid-back track. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Skrillex’s new direction but it’s nice to see his break out of his usual style and show us what else he’s capable of.
“Hey Porsche” – Nelly
Nelly is back with a new track off his upcoming seventh album M.O., and the man sounds almost unrecognizable. “Hey Porsche” sounds sort of like Flo Rida’s “Whistle,” with acoustic guitars and a pop-y melody, but it just doesn’t sound right from the man who brought us gems like “Ride wit Me” and “Hot in Herre.” It keeps up with the trends though, so he may find a new, younger audience with this track.
“I Knew You Were Trouble” – Walk Off The Earth (Taylor Swift cover)
Last year, Walk Off The Earth made major waves in the interwebs with their amazing Five Musicians, One Guitar cover of Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Now, they just released a video of an a capelle cover of Taylor Swift’s new dubstep infused track “I Knew You Were Trouble.” There isn’t much to say about this cover except that it’s AMAZING.