M.I.A. has released a new track as hype builds for her forthcoming album, AIM. Due out on 9th September, the new LP will include the production talents of Blaqstarr, Skrillex and Diplo - a pretty formidable array of superstars even before the cameo from One Direction’s Zayn Malik is considered.
Following up “Go Off”, the album’s leading single, “Bird Song” dons kazoo rhythms to set up Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam for some typically unconventional vocal work, once again adopting the semi-spoken rapping style that has made her one of the most easily identified voices in pop. The “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls” singer will be hoping that remains the case after the new album drops this autumn.
Have a listen below and see if this is the sort of “Bird Song” that you like to wake up to in the mornings.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of M.I.A.