M.I.A. - KALA

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

where u draw the liney, Whiney? (Ioannis), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

best outfit was pregnant-rapper duds on the grammys.

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

yep.

where u draw the liney, Whiney? (Ioannis), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

god that was so awesome

the taint of Macca is strong (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

otm

The-Reverend (rev), Thursday, 1 October 2009 21:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Jimmy" got played at my wedding.

existential eggs (Abbott), Friday, 2 October 2009 01:28 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

history mayne, Friday, 2 October 2009 14:42 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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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