M.I.A returns with a brand new single titled ‘Bring the Noize’ and in typical fashion is another multilateral pop anthem with epic drops, chopped vocals, cutting verses and the same iconic rebellion she’s built a career on. Produced by Switch and Surkin ‘Bring the Noize’ is the lead single off her fourth album Matangi, due out later in year on N.E.E.T / Virgin EMI. An accompanying video is due out later this week, in the meantime – tuck into this.
Cultural influencer M.I.A has announced that her new album Matangi will be released this December and will be released in conjunction with a book, film and exhibition. And, in her words, is a result of the “blows” she’s experienced in the industry over the past 3 years. And will serve as a “fuck you to them and thank you to you [her fans]“.
Answering questions from fans on twitter, the ‘Paper Planes’ singer revealed that the new music sounds like “Paul Simon on acid” and will feature no collaborations (with the exception of Missy Elliott & Azealia Banks who appeared on her ‘Bad Girls’ remix). She also appeared to take a jibe at producer and ex-boyfriend Diplo, claiming the only producers involved are the “ones that don’t act like a fame whore coloniser”. Deep.
The Roc Nation signed singer also revealed a partial tracklist too – peep that here.
A bristling piece of trip-hoppin’ electronica with paranoid vocal layering and industrial grooves, this unreleased demo produced by William Orbit (the virtuoso behind Ray of Light, probably the best album of Madonna’s career) has just hit the web and hints at being somewhat a 90s throwback. Whilst ‘Baby’ may make the final cut of Maya‘s Roc Nation debut Matangi set for Autumn release, and with ‘Bad Girls‘ having already done it well, it’s time for her to ask weather you can make a woman out of her…
Update: M.I.A. has tweeted this will not be on the upcoming album.
The BBC’s Hackney Weekend was by all accounts a roaring success this weekend. Set in the heart of Hackney, the 2-day event saw performances from superstars Jay-Z & Kanye West (The Throne), Nas, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Plan B, Labrinth, Jessie Ware, Azealia Banks, Jessie J, Michael Kiwanuka, Santigold and loads more.
Watch some of the highlight performances from the festival up top and after the jump and check our tumblr for some snaps of our adventures from Saturday.
Ever since hearing Banks’ 1991 EP, I’ve been itching to hear her on a record with Missy - here goes. Both guest femcees do their respective thing – but despite Banks’ delivering a mean verse, she does get a little lost behind Missy – mainly because, as predicted she sounds just like her in parts. Missy does takes it though, standard.
And kudos to M.I.A for making ‘the remix’ exciting again. All her ‘Bad Girls’ remixes can be purchased as a USB necklace shaped like a BMW key - here.
Since their last collaborative effort seven years ago via The Cookbook (“smash di place smash di place”), two truly influential female forces in modern music (and protege Rye Rye) form like Voltron again on this monstrous Switch remix of ‘Bad Girls’.
With global unrest, uprisings and downfalls of recent times from Cairo to Wall Street, brilliant director Romain Gavras (notorious for his work with M.I.A. and Justice) oversees the socio-political subtext for Jay and ‘Ye in this long awaited clip. Indeed it’s a handsomely budgeted fracas, but reference imagery to the 2005 civil unrest in France and our own recent London riots, with an outcome that portrays neither heroes nor villains is quite powerful.
Pop-culture superstar Maya Arulpragasam, otherwise known as M.I.A has signed a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company. The British singer, who’s new album Matangi is due out later this year joins an impressive list of artists signed to the agency including Rihanna, Santigold, J. Cole, Wale, Mark Ronson, Shakira, Willow Smith, Melanie Fiona, Jay Electronica and Rita Ora.
M.I.A recently announced recruiting Missy Elliott, Azealia Banks and Rye Rye for the official remix of her single ‘Bad Girls’. Expect that soon.
As promised Noisey have premiered M.I.A’s new video for her single ‘Bad Girls’. Once again Mathangi teams up with director Romain Gavras (the man behind her controversial ‘Born Free’ video) to create visuals with a political point.
Madonna’s much hyped new video for ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ featuring M.I.A & Nicki Minaj has been unleashed onto the world. Always one to capitalize on trends, Madge’s latest foray is an upbeat Dance-Pop number that makes a Lady Gaga song sound butch. It’s lackluster and unfortunately the features don’t save it much either. She’s still a bit of a legend though.
‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ comes off Madonna’s forthcoming album MDNA.