Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig reviews Drake and One Direction songs with Azealia Banks – listen

Hear the latest episode of Koenig's Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig was joined by rapper Azealia Banks during the latest episode of his Beats 1 radio show.

Koenig is among a host of musicians presenting shows on Apple Music’s new online radio platform. During the new episode of Time Crisis With Ezra Koenig, the pair reviewed this week’s five most-played songs on Apple Music, including Drake‘s ‘Back To Back’, One Direction‘s ‘Drag Me Down’ and The Weeknd‘s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’.

Banks appears from the 54min 30sec mark onwards, discussing Lenny Kravitz’s recent wardrobe malfunction. The reviews start at the 1hr 22min point, with Banks not enjoying The Weeknd’s new track and calling Drake “the shit”.


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Diplo has revealed that he’s been working with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig on new music.

The Major Lazer man was speaking to Rolling Stone when he divulged the information, saying: “I’ve done a lot of songs with Ezra Koenig, some really cool stuff that I hope people get to hear.”

He added: “We wrote a couple of things for another artist that might be huge records for the end of summer,” before hinting that “one of them started with a Vampire Weekend idea.”

On what it’s like to work with Koenig, Diplo continued: “He’s not traditional rock – he’s like me, a hodgepodge of styles and influences.”

Koenig recently confirmed that Vampire Weekend are “gearing up to start working on another album”.


The US group released their third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ in 2013. Since then members of the band have pursued collaborative projects outside of the group.

Speaking in a recent interview, the lead singer said a fourth Vampire Weekend album will happen, though an arrival date is some way off: “Right now we’re definitely gearing up to start working on another album but we’re not in a zone of like getting in there every day or anything. There have been discussions, of course there’s… in some ways, you know, we’re always working,” he said.

Koenig also suggested that older material that was deemed not right for previous albums could make its way onto album number four. “There are songs that are left over, not to diminish them, but songs that just weren’t quite right for the last album that I’m very excited about for the next album, so, you know, there’s little demos that I kind of listen to every day.”