The album is a natural progression from where M.I.A last left off, except this time around produced by a handful of noteworthy craftsmen including Hitboy, Danja, and Switch. The beats come heavier and the hits come harder. Cueing in on M.I.A.’s wisdom-ism’s, shout-outs, and newly invented catch phrase Y.A.L.A. (“You Always Live Again) – there’s plenty of hidden gems in this album to keep you audibly satisfied.
One of my favorite tracks on the album is ‘Karmageddon‘. M.I.A throws down to a dub-y, fluttering beat while reciting a paradoxical lullaby that spins you round. Calling the world as she sees it has always been one of her best features and why she’s considered one of the most progressive and inspiring artists in the industry.
Venturing further into the album, we come across dance-y and upbeat tracks like ‘Only 1 U‘, and ‘Come Walk With Me‘ – both featuring her trademark Sri Lankan symphonic Bollywood mix-mashed beats to the tune of a deep base and orchestrated studio sounds. Electro mix-ups and explosions unexpectedly creep up, making the transitions in each song uniquely M.I.A.
My attention was instantly grabbed when I came across the reggae infused track ‘Double Bubble Trouble’. It sounds like something produced by Diplo’s Mad Decent label with that heavy dub/techno/dancehall sound that we’ve been hearing all summer. The tail end of the song leads you into a vortex that shows a new side of M.I.A. that I hope she explores more of on future albums.
Leading to further understanding the themes of self-destruction and rebirth, M.I.A. explains “no one in the industry collected blows in the last 3 years as much as me, this is a fuck you to them and a thank you to you.” She’s posted her full length album available to stream for free on her VEVO youtube channel – check it out, worth a listen.