'MAYA' is legendary British artist M.I.A's third album. As well her traditional brew of dancehall rhyths, dynamic vocals, and a Roland 505, M.I.A. icorporated more modern influences such as dubstep. It's hard and heavy with a thumping industrial feel. 'Born Free' has a sample of Martin Rev's legendary 'Ghost Rider' keyboard line in it and M.I.A. described the record as a 'digital ruckus' and like 'schizophrenia' - what's not to love? Out on XL.
Vinyl Double LP £15.75 XLLP497
2xLP on XL.
CD £11.38 XLCD497X
Special edition slipcase CD inc extra tracks on XL.
Just got back from a festival on Monday & was totally elated yet utterly fried. All I wanted to do was have a cuppa & aimlessly watch clips on YouTube. Stumbled somehow onto a page chocka with promo clips for MIA's previous hit singles, got to 'Paper Planes' & after a minute just started sobbing with amazement at how good she is. Well, now album number three has dropped, it has an impenetrable search engine destroying title (which translates as 'Maya') and now she's working with international jetset dubstep numpty Rusko amongst old faves like Diplo & Switch & Blaqstarr. The strong united global essence & beefed-up R 'n' B beats are still mingling with cool Caribbean & African derived rhythms but now there's subtle dubstep flecked shades to contend with. She hasn't sold her soul down the river, her vocals are a little more subdued in places, yet some of these tracks are remarkably tough, funky, low-slung & even abrasive. I've always admired her universally encompassing musical endeavors and this new album isn't gonna disappoint the faithful. Nice futuristic holographic slip case!! Well bling....
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