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Mumford & Sons: 'Azealia Banks is mindblowing'

The band also profess their love for Tyler, The Creator and Dawes

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Mumford and Sons' keyboard player Ben Lovett has called Azealia Banks' single '212' "mindblowing".

The co-founder of the Communion record label called the song by the Harlem based rapper "incredible" when he was asked who his and bandmate Marcus Mumford's favourite artists of 2011 were. Lovett told MTV News:
I just heard an incredible song by Azealia Banks called '212'… [It's] mind-blowing.

He also professed his love for Odd Future leader, Tyler, The Creator, saying: "I've watched the video for Tyler, The Creator's 'Yonkers' 50 times this year… It's fucking amazing. Brilliant video."

Meanwhile, Marcus Mumford spoke about his respect for Los Angeles folk rock band Dawes. "Dawes are a really important band for us," he said before joking: "You would say 'Dawes' because you can differentiate between 'Dawes' and 'Doors' — more like 'Pawn' and 'Porn' — where we can't, it's just 'Porn' and 'Porn' to us, so you never know which one we're talking about."

Mumford and Sons recently revealed that their second album sounds like "Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake". In an interview with Rolling Stone, the band said that the follow-up to their 2009 debut 'Sigh No More' would be more "mature" and coined their new sound as "doom folk".

Bassist Ted Dwane said: "The second record is just a reflection of our mindsets, where we're all at. It's doom folk, kind of like Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake."

Mumford and Sons are thought to be aiming to release their second album in 2012, but both the LP's title and release date are yet to be confirmed.

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