Here’s a hypothetical scenario: You’re a dance-rapper with a major-label deal and at least one gigantic crossover internet-hit. But you can’t get a release date for your album, in part because you’ve alienated vast swaths of the internet universe by being an absolute dick to a ton of other artists on Twitter. And let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that you’ve recorded a song with a young duo who happen to be the year’s biggest dance-music story, but that said duo said something mildly non-effusive in an interview. I mean, obviously, you scrap that song, right? What else can you possibly do?
Here’s the story. Earlier this year, Azealia Banks recorded something with Disclosure and then got on Twitter to call the result “the greatest studio session EVAR.” Disclosure, for their part, tempered the buzz a bit. Guy Lawrence said, “We don’t have a song with her yet. We’ve met her once. I think she’s kind of taken to Twitter quite heavily with the fact that she’s meeting with us. And people now think that we’ve made the greatest song of all time, and it doesn’t even actually have a chorus yet.” Howard Lawrence said, “All these blogs think we’ve now made a masterpiece, but really, we just sat there eating sushi.” Then, they Tweeted, “We actually did have a good session with @AZEALIABANKS we didn’t just eat food! lol Hopefully it will be in your ears soon!”
Well, Banks isn’t having it. As Pitchfork points out, she tells the AU, “I did something with Disclosure but they were really rude in an interview, so I canned it… And to be honest, I’ve got better stuff on my record… It can be an F-side. A fuck-you side.”
Banks also says that her album Broke With Expensive Taste features people like Theophilus London and Enon’s Toko Yasuda. Maybe it’ll come out one day!
UPDATE: Disclosure have addressed the controversy in an interview with Triple J:
“I don’t give a damn if she leaks it,” Howard Lawrence told the Australian radio station. Jokingly, he said: “We’re actually terrible, terrible people. Have you seen the interview where we were rude? It was so bad compared to what she said.”
“We just wrote the first verse and a build-up – there wasn’t a chorus – and she kind of took it away,” brother Guy adds. “Then she thought we were rude in that interview, but we apologised and everything. It didn’t seem to matter that we apologised … We made the beat on the way there in the car, so I don’t give a damn if she uses it. Whatever. Maybe when I said [in the interview] that she’s ‘taken to it quite heavily’, it came across as rude – but what I meant was that whenever we’ve worked with anyone in the past, we just keep it secret. Because if nothing comes of the session, nobody’s disappointed. But if you build all the hype before, then you have to deliver an amazing song.”