Azealia Banks is back at it again with her debut EP entitled 1991. With half of the album’s production credits going to eclectic bass producer Machinedrum, 1991 captures the heart and soul of early ’90s house music with shuffled percussion, stripped down beats and vintage synth melodies. Mix that with Banks’ insanely vulgar yet ultimately playful raps and you’ve struck gold.
The previously released 212 feat. Lazy Jay could potentially be the jam of the summer with infectious horns and lots of dirty words to keep you on your toes. 1991’s title track has the feel of early 2-step garage featuring light house stabs and a rolling drumbeat. It’s certainly the feel-good banger of the EP. Van Vogue on the other hand, is a darker, reverbed hand-clapper complete with barking dog samples and the swagger we’ve come to love from Banks. Rounding out the album, Liquorice (official video below), produced by UK bass maven, Lone, is another housey throwback with pompous flair. Be forewarned–Banks’ 1991 EP will have you eating out her hand and begging for more.