Paul Oakenfold and Azealia Banks, 'Venus' (DJ Bl3nd remix): First Listen

Paul Oakenfold

DJ Bl3nd adds big drops to this unlikely collaboration.

It’s nice to know that Azealia Banks still wants to do more with her days than stir up controversy via Twitter. “Venus,” her new collaboration with Paul Oakenfold proves that her day job as singer and rapper is one she continues to excel at. As for Oakie, he’s always done well when he taps into the allure of his guest vocalists. From Shifty Shellshock to Brittany Murphy and now Banks, he brings out the best in his guests.

DJ Bl3nd, the masked hard house DJ with a notorious web presence, takes on the role of hypeman on this remix, bringing the original to turntup status. His “Venus” is primed for a festival main stage with drops so big you might fall from outer space. And that’s precisely where this tune must have come from, because six months ago nobody could have predicted there would be a track with Oakenfold, Banks, and Bl3nd in the credits, but here we are, fully in orbit. Listen to the premiere exclusively here: