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M.I.A. Teams with H&M for Fashion-Forward Music Video “Rewear It”

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M.I.A. Teams with H&M for Fashion-Forward Music Video “Rewear It”
M.I.A. Teams with H&M for Fashion-Forward Music Video “Rewear It”

With its soft, flattering cinematography and dazzling, kaleidoscopic set pieces, M.I.A.’s music video for last year’s “Borders” risked turning the life-or-death plight of refugees into a fashion runway. The image of the artist as the fearless leader of an army of émigrés, however, was a simple, potent, and timely one, landing the clip at #2 on our list of the Best Music Videos of 2015.

Now, M.I.A., a.k.a. Maya Arulpragasam, is back with “Rewear It,” which literally and deliberately fuses environmental activism with fashion. A partnership with retail giant H&M, the new single and accompanying “visual content piece” aim to raise awareness about textile recycling, encouraging fans to donate unwanted clothing so they can be used to create new products.

House Playlist Arcade Fire, M.I.A., & Cut Copy

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House Playlist: Arcade Fire, M.I.A., & Cut Copy
House Playlist: Arcade Fire, M.I.A., & Cut Copy

Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”: With the release of their highly anticipated new album, Reflektor, a week away, Arcade Fire has unveiled “Afterlife,” a six-minute meditation on the titular topic. Watch the official lyric video, which employs scenes from Marcel Camus’s 1959 film Black Orpheus, below:

 

Listen to M.I.A.‘s New Single “Come Walk with Me”

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Listen to M.I.A.‘s New Single “Come Walk with Me”
Listen to M.I.A.‘s New Single “Come Walk with Me”

After M.I.A. threatened to leak Matangi last month, Interscope finally set a release date for the album, which the label allegedly deemed “too positive” for mass consumption. The infectious but hard-hitting lead single, “Bring the Noize,” harks back to the sound of the singer’s oft-celebrated Arular and Kala, but the follow-up, “Come Walk with Me,” takes a decidedly softer tack, with a summery dub vibe and sing-song melody. At least for the first 90 seconds, which, with its nasal vocals and bleacher-stomping beat, recall Nelly Furtado’s sadly slept-on single “Parking Lot,” after which the track switches gears similar to an early mix that surfaced online over a year ago.

Matangi is scheduled for a November 5th release.

House Playlist M.I.A., Zero 7, Holy Ghost!, Au Revoir Simone, Glasser, Roosevelt, & Eric Sharp

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House Playlist: M.I.A., Zero 7, Holy Ghost!, Au Revoir Simone, Glasser, Roosevelt, & Eric Sharp
House Playlist: M.I.A., Zero 7, Holy Ghost!, Au Revoir Simone, Glasser, Roosevelt, & Eric Sharp

M.I.A., “UNBREAK my Mixtape”: Somewhat of a departure for M.I.A., the latest track from the artist’s upcoming Matangi, out November 5th on Interscope, is a relatively downtempo pastiche that samples an old-school breakbeat, Blur’s “Tender,” and ’60s folksinger Karen Dalton.