Tracking 2012′s Best Songs #11

Tracking
Need more awesome? Listen to our FAVORITE SONGS OF 2014. Make sure you don't miss any tunes: FOLLOW US ON TWITTER.

This week on Tracking––a weekly series in which we discuss our favorite songs of the year (you can check out the official list as the year progresses)––you can listen to additions from Yeasayer, TEAM SPIRIT, The Walkmen, Kirin J Callinan, Icona Pop and Azealia Banks. (Click on the arrows to navigate through the songs.)

Tracking 2012s Best Songs #11

Azealia Banks – “JUMANJI” (2 of 6)

As much as we like when Azealia Banks brings sexy R&B (“NEEDSUMLUV”) or esoteric spoken-word (“Bambi”) to the table, nothing can touch her when she raps – after all, it was the blistering “212” that won us all over in the first place. Her new single is “Jumanji,” and Banks lays it down like she does best over a pounding beat that’s all massive percussion, steel drums, and huge horns (courtesy producers Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook). In a zeitgeist where most mainstream rappers drop one or two languid, done-before verses over some canned strings and then call it a day, Azealia’s jittery, relentless, rapid-fire energy and smart, sarcastic lyrics make her one of the most exciting new talents in the hip-hop game, and “Jumanji” is a perfect example of what she’s capable of. –– Genevieve Oliver

Tracking 2012s Best Songs #11 Tracking 2012s Best Songs #11

What did you think?
 94  31  11  7
PMA_WIC_Chrome_Sparks
PMA Presents

Spend a Saturday with us on a boat.

READ MORE
operators
Music

Check out Dan Boeckner’s (of Wolf Parade, Handsome Firs, and Divine Fits) new new new band.

READ MORE
TWIN SHADOW
Music

…on the “Comedy Bang! Bang!” podcast.

READ MORE
1401136137000-ChancetheRapper-Sasquatch
Music

… to cover the Arthur theme song.

READ MORE
LIL-SILVA-MABEL
Music

The buzzy UK producer teams up with his most frequent collaborator.

READ MORE
wampire_bazaar
Music

The Portland-based outfit announce their new album

READ MORE
ggggee33
Videos

Hear the new single from the Radiohead drummer’s solo outfit

READ MORE
f7831f2f6d5f73b1357bfdd70200fea9
Music

Hear a new tear shit up anthem from Walking Legend

READ MORE
Radio 1's Hackney Weekend - London
Music

“Champagne Kisses” will most likely appear on her forthcoming new album Tough Love

READ MORE