Angel Haze – 'Echelon (It's My Way)'
When we interviewed Angel Haze back in May, she told us that she sleeps in a $10,000 Versace dalmatian-print fur coat, and said that it was hard to say who was the most famous person in her phone book – 'They're all really famous!' It's ludicrous – or it would be if she didn't have the music to back up the excess. 'Echelon' is the storming first single from her debut album, 'Dirty Gold', and it's one of the freshest, most immediate hip hop singles we've heard in ages. A retro electro beat (check the SNES-style sound effects on the fade) meets Haze's precise flow, then the whole thing switches up into a celestial chorus with Haze harmonising underneath her own snappy bars. Like she says: 'Alert the fucking masses – let them know it's coming.' Just one hitch: there's still no release date set for 'Dirty Gold'. Even so, if we were Azealia Banks we'd be pretty freaked out right now.