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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.

Track Review: M.I.A.‘s “Born Free”

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Track Review: M.I.A.‘s “Born Free”
Track Review: M.I.A.‘s “Born Free”

Listen, M.I.A. has never been anything but a one-woman riot, but on her recently leaked new track “Born Free,” she sounds more like one than usual. It’s as though she stripped away every bit of the breezy swagger that made “Paper Planes” her crossover calling card, and instead allowed the gun-toting rebel protagonist of that song to stand fiercely front and center, daring Top 40 radio to co-opt her again. Because when M.I.A breaks through the borders (of your country, your scene), she’s not coming to incite some cosmopolitan liberal love-down—she just wants to get up in your face.