M.I.A. – Matangi: Album Review

November 11, 2013 § 2 Comments

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After 8 years in the business, M.I.A. still remains the one of the most innovative and truly unapologetic (Rihanna who?) artists in the music industry. She has created her own musical lane by combining intensely catchy rhythms with serious political messages, some of which has cast a dark shadow upon her. In 2013, she’s ready to reclaim with bad-ass throne with her notoriously delayed fourth studio album Matangi. Named after the Hindu goddess of music (as well as her own real name), the new record draws world music-inspired notes from previous albums Arular and Kala while mixing the toughened electronic madness that was MAYA (which, if you think about it, is actually the Yeezus album before Yeezus even existed).

Karmaggedon” Matangi starts off with a political skit, titled Karmaggedon that finishes off with the line: “My words are my armor & you’re about to meet your karma.” Following is the album title track, “Matangi” – an exotic tune laden with Hindu-inspired chants. The production is expansive, but the lyrics don’t match its power as the artist names various countries like Somalia, Cuba, Morocco, Trinidad, Norway, etc. Overall, it has third-world vibes while throwing in some referential punchlines like, “You started at the bottom, but Drake gets all the credit.”

“Only 1 U” picks up where MAYA left off with its clanky production and jittery vocals, which all ends up sounding like M.I.A. let her son play with a  Fisher-Price musical keyboard in the studio (in the best way possible).

The Hit-Boy-produced “Warriors” – albeit intriguingly spooky, is kind of reductive from previous sounds found on the industrial-inspired MAYA. The heavy-handed bassline makes it suitable for any urban club, or Kanye West‘s next album. Not to mention the the braggadocio lyrics coming from the much-hated rapper: “Top dog even though I didn’t speak no English. Guess I got Grit cuz I suffer for my shit. Guess I came from the sticks and moved to the bricks.”

“Come Walk With Me” is M.I.A.’s take on cheesy, lovey-dovey pop music which she’s dabbled in before (see Kala‘s “Jimmy” and MAYA‘s “XXXO). It’s quite lovely until it changes to a crazed, worldly festive track around the 90-second mark that is completely energetic. The track will definitely be spun at every international music experience come 2014. Keep reading!

Music Bite: Arctic Monkeys Announce 2014 Tour Dates

November 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Fresh off a string of international tour dates, the Arctic Monkeys are planning to return to North America in 2014 for another leg of touring in support of their excellent album AM. The British boys will rock major arenas, including their first-ever performance in the legendary Madison Square Garden. Indie rock band Deerhunter will join them on the road.

View the tour dates after the jump! Keep reading!

Music Bite: The Weeknd Joins Justin Timberlake On Tour

November 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

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The Weeknd is making huge career strides, as he plans to join Justin Timberlake on a string of dates for his 20/20 Experience Tour. He will be opening for JT on six major arena dates. The singer will also join Drake on the European leg of Would You Like A Tour? next year.

Check out The Weeknd’s tour dates after the jump!

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