May 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
After a brief tug o’war with her record label, M.I.A. finally has the green light to premiere her new video for “Double Bubble Trouble.” One of the major highlights off her fourth album Matangi, the Partysquad-produced banger gets an equally trippy visual – complete with voyeuristic perspectives, street kids and 3-D printing that is all wrapped around political undertones.
Watch the self-directed clip below:
December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
2013 proved to be an interesting year for music, as we saw major pop releases fail to catch steam (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Katy Perry) while other alternative artists sought out to concur their genre (Charli XCX, Disclosure, Chvrches, AlunaGeorge) and bring us some of the best and freshest music of recent years. Other artists made 2013 the year of the comeback (Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Kings of Leon), while some used the new year to continue to release great music (Arctic Monkeys, Beyonce).
With that being said, I officially present my list of the best albums of 2013 – which ranges from my favorite artists to a few new faces!
20. AlunaGeorge – Body Music
19. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
18. Drake – Nothing Was The Same
17. Jay Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
16. Haim – Days Are Gone
15. Lorde – Pure Heroine
14. James Blake – Overgrown
13. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
12. Major Lazer – Free The Universe
11. Sky Ferreria – Night Time, My Time
View my top 10 albums after the jump! Keep reading!
November 11, 2013 § 2 Comments
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!
October 21, 2013 § 2 Comments
M.I.A. spins Drake’s infamous “YOLO” phrase on its head with her karmic new single “Y.A.L.A.” Short for “You Always Live Again,” the song continues the rapper’s love for dancehall-inspired beats that are paired with some wild synths. It’s a future bonafied hit, but that’s nothing new from the bombastic Londoner.
M.I.A.’s fourth album Matangi will be released on November 5, and includes a feature from The Weeknd and production from Switch, Danja and Hit-Boy.
September 24, 2013 § 2 Comments
In the wake of yet another battle with the NFL, M.I.A. has just shared her album art via Instagram for Matangi. It shows a full profile of M.I.A. that has been veiled with a thermal effect. Look out for the artist’s fourth studio album on November 5, and her latest single off the album “Come Walk With Me” is now available on iTunes.
Check out another photo the artist shared as well as the official tracklist after the jump! Keep reading!
September 4, 2013 § 3 Comments
In the wake of her upcoming fourth album Matangi, M.I.A. is continuing to release a steady stream of new music – and the latest is an unexpectedly laidback pop groove.
Titled “Come Walk With Me,” the song begins with a delicate, summery melody. Yet 90 seconds into the track – in true MAYA fashion – the song becomes a wild, bass-heavy club banger that wold fit in with any international festival.
Look out for Matangi on November 5!