Azealia Banks – “Barely Legal” (The Strokes Cover)

Claire Lobenfeld | February 28, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Azealia Banks haters, start your engines! I fully expect that just the headline “Azealia Banks – ‘Barely Legal’ (The Strokes Cover)” already has some people’s vitriol tanks overflowing and ready for the comment section, but let’s backtrack a bit. Anyone who has been following Banks for a long time — I’m talking before “212” was even a glimmer in her teenage eye — knows she has a background in covering indie rock songs. When she was quietly making the blog rounds as Miss Banks, she got a minor amount of attention for a cover she did of Interpol’s “Slow Hands.” You can see that her tastes haven’t really changed that much in the past two and a half years, favoring to flip marquee indie hits into electro-tinged covers with molasses-y vocals. Sometimes it’s nice to hear Banks just croon it out. I like this, although I can totally understand hatred from anyone who genuflects at the altar of Casablancas and Co. Her penchant for hip-house, however, does wonders for me. Check it out below.

Broke With Expensive Taste will come out one of these days.