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lex pretend, Friday, 18 May 2007 11:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

i got to hear a few of the tracks last night. they're AWESOME! 'paper planes' is summertime classic in waiting, steel pans skanking and beats made out of gunfire (not surprising) and tills ringing (surprising).

'$20' sounds like tricky of all people, and apparently rips off a pixies track.

there is one INCREDIBLE song which i've completely forgotten the title of - it's a massive switch production which starts off fidget-housey, then turns into some sort of immense swooping bollywood disco number.

'hit that' will not be on the album, which will please its haters. 'boyz' will be the lead proper single.

oh yeah she seems to be intent on annoying the people uncomfortable with her vague poverty tourism schtick on arular even more - she is totally embracing it this time round. shoutouts to "third world democracy" and i'm sure i caught a ref to darfur :o

lex pretend, Friday, 18 May 2007 11:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

basically i wasn't too bothered about a second MIA album b/c for all its awesomeness arular IS all about surface thrills, and it did have a one-dimensional sonic palette. what's surprising and fantastic about the new ones is that they sound so big and varied - she really doesn't hold back when she ventures into new territory. oh yeah she's also discovered the joys of melody on those songs btw!

lex pretend, Friday, 18 May 2007 11:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

L£4k$ yet? Anywhere?

pisces, Friday, 18 May 2007 11:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

That fuck there's no Hit Hit, but Boyz is awesome. The melody thing pleases me as well, is there much that's in the vein of Amazon or M.I.A at all?

Not quite sure about that Darfur line, could be inoffensive, could be awful. She'll have to go a long way to top that terrible clunky Bjork lyric about the suicide bomber though.

Matt DC, Friday, 18 May 2007 11:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

i think it was just a passing ref! i only got to hear it the once, i may have even misheard. i like the bjork suicide bomber lyrics, they're so vague and irresolute.

neither of the two BIG songs i heard - 'paper planes' and the bollywood one - sound anything like anything on arular

lex pretend, Friday, 18 May 2007 11:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

how i love googling "site:zshare.net"

Alan, Friday, 18 May 2007 11:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

cool
i love MIA

titchyschneiderMk2, Friday, 18 May 2007 12:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

leak this please

groovemaaan, Friday, 18 May 2007 12:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

i'd forgotten i loved MIA until i did that "first 10 songs when your iTunes is on shuffle" thing last night. i used to listen to "arular" in the gym all the time. now i'm looking forward to this a lot.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 18 May 2007 12:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah she seems to be intent on annoying the people uncomfortable with her vague poverty tourism schtick on arular even more - she is totally embracing it this time round. shoutouts to "third world democracy" and i'm sure i caught a ref to darfur :o

(Errol Golddust was a parody, Lex, and had a lot more wit.) And this is, somehow, worse than romance-and-escapism shtick? If we insist on having a persona-handle front-and-center in a piece of music, at least "poverty tourism" and "third world democracy" admits to the existence of poverty and the third world. (I'm not here to defend Maya as some sort of Chomsky figure, of course.)

mark 0, Friday, 18 May 2007 12:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

Boyz sounds great. Alan OTM re zshare googlin' i must do it more often.

blueski, Friday, 18 May 2007 12:42 (7 years ago) Permalink

BOYZ is amazing!

Alan, Friday, 18 May 2007 13:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

(never been much of a MIA booster before)

Alan, Friday, 18 May 2007 13:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

i got the radio rip so i get Zane Lowe kinda ruining it at the end lol

blueski, Friday, 18 May 2007 13:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

i got someone else on the end of mine. i think. he didn't sound as irritating as zane "low" lowe

Alan, Friday, 18 May 2007 14:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

The first time I heard that radio rip I thought the big whoop from Zane Lowe was going to be the start of some male MC guest spot and got really excited, then as soon as I realised who it actually was it kind of made me never want to listen to the rip ever again.

Matt DC, Friday, 18 May 2007 14:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh maybe it was him then. i thought it was the start of a new vocal :-(

Alan, Friday, 18 May 2007 15:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

The "bollywood disco" song is probably "Jimmy" produced by Timbaland. I remember reading about it in a Guardian piece.

The Brainwasher, Friday, 18 May 2007 15:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

yes, 'jimmy', that's what it is! it's not timbaland, it's switch. i think the only song she did with timbaland was the one on his album

lex pretend, Friday, 18 May 2007 15:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

at least "poverty tourism" and "third world democracy" admits to the existence of poverty and the third world.

hang on i'm a bit drunk but -- woah shit those things exist?!!! fuck!!!!!!!!!

That one guy that quit, Friday, 18 May 2007 23:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

"Boys" and "Bird Flu" remind me of Kate Bush's "The Dreaming" more than anything else.

Tim F, Sunday, 20 May 2007 07:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

Anyone experienced the crazy L£4kproof system this album has going on soulseek? What the dilly-o?

avonhun, Tuesday, 22 May 2007 19:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

is it like...you queue it up and it says the user is offline?. that's happened to me with songs off the new queens of the stone age.

funny farm, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 02:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

Okay there's a live performance up on YouTube now - the sound quality is pretty shoddy but I can already tell Jimmy is going to be awesome.

Hustle
Boyz
Bamboo Banger
Jimmy

Matt DC, Monday, 28 May 2007 15:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

Also, anyone know who the male MC in the middle of Hustle is?

Matt DC, Monday, 28 May 2007 15:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh boy. Can'twaitCan'twaitCan'twait.

Standing In The Shadows Of Bob, Monday, 28 May 2007 23:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

her live show just keeps getting worse and worse.

funny farm, Monday, 28 May 2007 23:24 (7 years ago) Permalink

but I can already tell Jimmy is going to be awesome.

ha ha, you've gotta be kidding. sounds like a campy "Dschinghis Khan" cover. ouch.

Jeb, Monday, 28 May 2007 23:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

"Dschinghis Khan" > Half the shit that gets <rep>ped around here.

The Reverend, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 03:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

Holy shit, the cover:

Telephone thing, Monday, 11 June 2007 23:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

looks like it was done in ms paint?

funny farm, Monday, 11 June 2007 23:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

Uh-oh (she looks cute with her hair in a bob though).

chap, Monday, 11 June 2007 23:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

the 8-bit african-esque font is cool

The Macallan 18 Year, Monday, 11 June 2007 23:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

Also what purports to be a tracklisting:

01 “Bamboo Banga”
02 “Bird Flu”
03 “Boyz”
04 “Jimmy”
05 “Hussel [ft. Afrikan Boy]”
06 “Mango Pickle Down River [ft. the Wilcannia Mob]”
07 “20 Dollar”
08 “World Town”
09 “The Turn”
10 “XR2″
11 “Paper Planes”
12 “Come Around [ft. Timbaland]”

Yeah, 6 sounds like a joke title to me too.

Telephone thing, Monday, 11 June 2007 23:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

i like 'Come Around', esp. her "dundadadun"isms and that menacing synth bass sound that drifts in towards the end.

blueski, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 00:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

no, wilcannia mob are this actual aussie rap crew who had a song called 'downriver', which i guess is gonna be that. (it sampled a digeridoo! it sucked! thanks minna!)

i can't BELIEVE they put afrikan boy on there as well. afrikan boy is this not-even-one-hit-wonder grime guy who raps normal over kanye instrumentals except for this one tune where he done a comedy african voice all about "one day i went to lidl, went to shoplift in lidl". all the supersuper mag type fashion hipsters mustve glommed onto it since.

is everyone gonna let tim get away with that dreaming comparison unmolested? altho actually, if mia ends up busting a mock aussie flow on track 6 he'll be scarily otm...

r|t|c, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 00:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

"there goes a tenner" lol

r|t|c, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 00:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

the video for boyz is lots of fun. i just wish the quicktime video would stop freezing up.

funny farm, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 00:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

this is pretty nice, too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3q5KQHUjxs

funny farm, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 00:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah "Come Around" is an awesome track.

van smack, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 00:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

"is everyone gonna let tim get away with that dreaming comparison unmolested? altho actually, if mia ends up busting a mock aussie flow on track 6 he'll be scarily otm..."

Ha ha I wasn't saying those tracks were as good as "The Dreaming" or that MIA was using a dodgy cockney-Australian accent (I love this accent even though it only exists in films and that one Simpsons episode). But tell me that the chorus to "Boys" doesn't sound quite similar to Kate's "SEE THE LIGHTS RAM THROUGH THE GAPS IN THE LAND" vocals.

Tim F, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 03:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

no, wilcannia mob are this actual aussie rap crew who had a song called 'downriver', which i guess is gonna be that.

not a crew, just some pre-teen country-town kids - none of them had ever rapped before or really had any interest in music, they recorded the one song on the prompting of Morganics, a dude who does lots of community outreach social work theatre activism grant money type stuff. Just this week he's released an album he produced for three homeless Tanzanian brothers.

anyway Diplo went and did some outback outreach work type stuff when he was in .au in February, this is likely a result of that.

energy flash gordon, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 05:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

nu rave cover! oof.

pisces, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 09:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

has this leaked yet? when can us mere mortals hear it?

titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 11:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

<I>Wilcannia Mob</I>

Oh, that's truly cool they're getting some MIA love.

Mikey Bidness, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 12:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

haha yeah i knew what u meant tim. and i just listened, and cannot disagree. 'sat in your laps' jungle drumz and proto-pharrell shoulder pops could fit too, if pressed.

i do like 'boyz' as it goes, but mia doesnt feel like the main attraction there. would repeat the old "it's the best basement jaxx in a bit" if it wasnt for the fact that the actual new bjaxx ep is some fucking amazing ruff oldskool hotness!

r|t|c, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 12:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

(i never bother with side 2 of the dreaming usually, mind)

r|t|c, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 12:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

taking it's TIME or what?

pisces, Thursday, 5 July 2007 15:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

RIP. Hope you up there living in a mudhut in heaven now, baby doll

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 5 July 2007 15:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

worst outfit would probably make a lot more sense here, no?

where u draw the liney, Whiney? (Ioannis), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

best outfit was pregnant-rapper duds on the grammys.

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

yep.

where u draw the liney, Whiney? (Ioannis), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

god that was so awesome

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

otm

The-Reverend (rev), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Jimmy" got played at my wedding.

existential eggs (Abbott), Friday, 2 October 2009 01:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

ftr I like "Jimmy" a lot more now than I did when I first got the album but I'm still very likely to skip it and blast "Hussel" instead.

a misunderstanding of Hip-Hop and contracts (HI DERE), Friday, 2 October 2009 12:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

Loved Kala when it came out, gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars, I think, but did tend to skip over what struck me as less hooky tracks like "Mango Pickle" and "Hussel" (I also never liked "Boys").

Pleasantly surprised to re-listen all the way through recently and now adore most of the stuff I didn't care for initially. There's something offhand and, I don't know, visual (?) about "Mango Pickle" that I just didn't get initially. It feels more like a little scene from a movie than a song or something? Whatever, it really grabbed me this time. Also, the synth riff in "Hussel" kind of rules. "Jimmy" was the one that didn't hold up for me so great, though it's fine. Only one that still annoyed me for some reason (the vocals, I think) was "XR2." But overall the thing blows away the debut, from which I still love three or four tracks and can live without the rest.

sw00ds, Friday, 2 October 2009 13:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

the deadpan vocals on "XR2" are kind of my favorite thing about it

a misunderstanding of Hip-Hop and contracts (HI DERE), Friday, 2 October 2009 13:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

the one with the kids is fucking awesome and most of them are better rappers than she is

If there's a better one-line summary of "Kala", then I've yet to read it.

Funny how all the biggest MIA fans don't care much for "Mango Pickle", and vice versa.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 2 October 2009 13:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

i'm a huge m.i.a. fan and i love that track.

so there.

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Friday, 2 October 2009 14:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

(and talking about whether she's a "good rapper" misses the point by so large a margin that it's not worth discussing.)

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Friday, 2 October 2009 14:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

true. who gives a shit whether she can rap or not? what's important here is that she's a credible performer/creates an exciting persona/etc. ultimately, what matters is the artifact(s), imo. prioritizing skillz, beats, flow, and all that shit is so '70s prog/fusion-minded it isn't even funny. she's not competing with Nas or Jay-Z, guys.

a single man owns you (Ioannis), Friday, 2 October 2009 14:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

history mayne, Friday, 2 October 2009 14:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fuck this, I love "Jimmy," especially the part where she strains her voice trying to hit those high notes.

Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 October 2009 14:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, "Jimmy" was my favorite track when i first heard it. still sounds great too.

a single man owns you (Ioannis), Friday, 2 October 2009 14:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Listening to Arular right now and it still sounds great, not tinny or thin at all.

Alex in SF, Friday, 2 October 2009 15:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

So just to be clear, I do still love Arular; I just love Kala more.

a misunderstanding of Hip-Hop and contracts (HI DERE), Friday, 2 October 2009 16:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

the one with the kids is fucking awesome and most of them are better rappers than she is

never heard the MIA version, did she keep the original beat or just drop the kids vocals onto some Diplo track?

New Wavves (sic), Saturday, 3 October 2009 12:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's the original beat with a couple of extra flourishes dropped on it.

a misunderstanding of Hip-Hop and contracts (HI DERE), Saturday, 3 October 2009 13:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

put this on in the studio tonight after hours of mixing etc and it felt really good

sonderangerbot, Sunday, 4 October 2009 00:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

lol @ at the studio awkwardness, and timbaland taking m.i.a. to task for not being able to sing harmony:

also:

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 23 October 2009 14:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

lol @ this ~ diplo: "Been in the studio with M.I.A. working on her new record. It's like Gucci Mane meets Animal Collective"

johnny crunch, Sunday, 8 November 2009 17:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Roche brothers Roche brothers, Roche brothers Roche brothers

kshighway1, Sunday, 8 November 2009 17:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

kshighway1, Sunday, 8 November 2009 17:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

No idea why anyone feels the need to make an album that sounds like Gucci meets AC, but so be it. Maya's instincts aren't usually wrong. So long as it doesn't end up sounding something like this: Gucci Collective.

wrapped up, packed up, ribbon with a donk on it (Alex in Montreal), Sunday, 8 November 2009 17:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

You fuckin’ with a leaf house, I’m fuckin’ with a trap house, goofy motherfuckers too fruity like Mickey Mouse

^ this is the only good one imo

johnny crunch, Sunday, 8 November 2009 18:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

don't know what the fuss, stuff like 'Lion In A Coma' isn't that far off previous MIA anyway (aside from the singing).

modescalator (blueski), Sunday, 8 November 2009 18:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

pretty sure its not like a cover album r anything, soundz like yr typical "like radiohead ON ACID" record hype rhetoric tbh

plaques (I know, right?), Sunday, 8 November 2009 18:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

pretty sure its not like a cover album r anything

Clearly. But the rhetoric is silly! And also, it doesn't sound particularly appealing!

wrapped up, packed up, ribbon with a donk on it (Alex in Montreal), Sunday, 8 November 2009 18:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

it sounds like diplo is just using two in-vogue acts as signposts

nog right (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 8 November 2009 18:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

but for what

heart goin ham (deej), Sunday, 8 November 2009 19:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

is she gonna start rapping?

heart goin ham (deej), Sunday, 8 November 2009 19:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

inquiring minds

banned, on the run (s1ocki), Sunday, 8 November 2009 20:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

New track with Rusko. I like.

Number None, Thursday, 14 January 2010 16:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Sounds good. She needs to learn not to fill up every space on the song with her voice, tho.

Moka, Thursday, 14 January 2010 17:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

interesting. that's going to take a couple listens for me to wrap my head around

The Reverend, Friday, 15 January 2010 05:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's amazing

J0rdan S., Friday, 15 January 2010 05:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Beautiful video.

pithfork (Hurting 2), Friday, 15 January 2010 05:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

part of me is waiting for reasons not to love her, and that part keeps getting disappointed. good song.

hellzapoppa (tipsy mothra), Friday, 15 January 2010 05:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

is this her verizon tech support song?

More than 22 years have already passed after I obtain this DX7. (Future_Perfect), Friday, 15 January 2010 15:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

That one's called “I’m Down Like Your Internet Connection" apparently

Number None, Friday, 15 January 2010 15:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Anyone at/going to her album playback in Soho? It's starting right now if you're in town.

Davek (davek_00), Thursday, 18 March 2010 22:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

I really hope that Rusko track isn't evidence of a new direction.

Maraca Son Sistema (Matt DC), Thursday, 18 March 2010 23:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

hype hype

― lex pretend, Friday, May 18, 2007 11:21 AM (2 years ago)

holy christ

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 18 March 2010 23:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

i am somehow ceaselessly fascinated that time passes

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 18 March 2010 23:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

hoos hoos

funky house septics, let me drain you of this (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 18 March 2010 23:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

"hype hype" is such a banger

(yeah, that's the same sticky on production who did "bad gyal", "your eye too fast", "look pon me" last year, uk funky heads)

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Friday, 19 March 2010 00:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

friend of mine theother day called funky "big pimpin: the genre"

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 19 March 2010 00:39 (4 years ago) Permalink


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