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  • M.I.A. - Kala : Kyaa Bhaat Hai!

    Ago 24 2007, 2h56 por Babs_05

    She tantalised us with nicely paced leaks all over the net all year until finally this week, M.I.A.'s new album, Kala, was released.

    I, for one, couldn't bear the excitement, I loved all the the tracks I'd heard so far. I'll walk you through them:

    First, back in February, we were given BirdFlu. The video on YouTube was a bit pixel-y, but still great fun. I love the little boy at the front of the crowd!




    Straight away, M.I.A. set the tone - this wasn't going to be a polished, heavily produced album. This was street. As street as The Streets, and his copycats, from Lily Allen onwards. What makes it street is her use of dhol drums, bhangra beats, backing vocals from a bunch of kids, and choice of language in her lyrics. None of it will mean much to the pampered and privileged, who can take their overblown, tasteful, bland music and stick it where the sun don't shine, Birdflu is for the people.

    The next track to assail my senses was Boyz, which I came across in June.




    Defies description but I'll do my best: bhangra goes to the West Indies. How's that? The street theme goes up a notch and incorporates graffiti in the video. All those blocks and stripes of pure colour in the background hint at world flags. In the video, she kind of reminds me of a young Madonna, as she was in the early 80s, full of attitude and energy. Talking of energy, that's what Bjork forgot to include in Volta. With every listen of Kala, I keep being reminded of Madonna and Bjork. M.I.A. has achieved what they are both renowned for and have lost along the way. Volta was a huge disappointment to me, I'm still not over it. And if the leaked clip of the new Madonna track on YouTube is anything to go by, the new offering is barely going to be average. For energy, innovation and attitude, they ought to look at M.I.A. and take notes.

    I had to wait till the end of July for the next treat, Bamboo Banga. Drier in sound, M.I.A. focuses more on . There's no humour. Just seriousness and aggression. Pure attitude.

    I just had to make do with a remix at the beginning of August and next thing I knew, it was 21st August! Release day!

    Bamboo Banga opens the album. Then our old friends Birdflu and Boyz get us up on our feet, doing our best bhangra moves.

    After such a friendly opener, you'd think you'd have a chance to breathe, but no, M.I.A. goes Bollydisco and gives us Jimmy.



    Jimmy was originally in the Bollywood film Disco Dancer (1982), directed by Bappi Lahiri who also did the soundtrack. The movie was a huge hit in India and Russia. M.I.A. says she remembers performing the song for her family when she was a little girl. I haven't seen the film but I'll hunt it down now, it sounds fabulous. Bappi Lahiri (clicky for link to wiki), as music director borrowed heavily from western disco. Jimmy is based on the 80s hit for Ottawan - You're Ok. If the link's still good, you can hear it here. And clicky here for the original Jimmy.

    After Jimmy, the album shifts and heads towards Africa. From Hussel (feat. Afrikan Boy) onwards, I must admit, I wasn't sure. Ok, first listen, I didn't sit down throughout the whole album. I mean after a few listens, when I actually started absorbing the tracks. Her mix of bhangra, hip-hop and grime continues, but hereon in, it doesn't shine so much. It's cool, there's no doubt, but the sound is now grubby, tatty, much darker in tone. Think blackened silver as opposed to shiny. Beats are deep and heavy. In 20 Dollar she sings "I put people on the map who ain't seen a map." Some critics have been incensed by her arrogance, but I would just direct them to her attitude, as described at the top of this journal.

    If there's one element I don't like it's the references to guns. She doesn't glamourise them, she uses them as found sounds, as in musique concrète. You first notice them in 20 Dollar as gunshots, and in World Town as gun prep, but they're very much in the foreground in Paper Planes, which you can listen to here. I found gunshots and the sound of a gun being cocked used as rhythm disturbing, but the effect is lightened juxtaposed with the ring of a cash register. Lyrics are just the wrong side of indulgent, it's not radio-friendly, but it is certainly interesting.

    To conclude, Kala may not please everybody, and not everybody will understand some of the subtleties M.I.A. uses, for example her singing style which is the Indian equivalent of her London accent, but all in all, it should definitely be amongst the best releases of 2007.

  • Kala

    Ago 12 2007, 16h16 por muertecaramelo

    Exactamente cuando piensas que has escuchado todo, llega material desde otro mundo, literalmente, para dejarte con muchas dudas y algo de desazón. Kala, el segundo disco de M.I.A, a lanzarse en pocos días, no sólo está dedicado a abrirte el panorama geosonoro al que estás acostumbrado, sino que tiene como meta reventarte los tímpanos, hacerte bailar como poseído y dejarte en una crisis de identidad bastante fuerte.

    Definir el sonido que este material tiene sería reductivo y completamente equivocado. Pero podemos decir que si quieres alguna vez te sentiste inclinado a experimentar las siguientes situaciones, pongas atención:

    * Bailar como Baggara poseído
    * Sentirte infectado de fiebre aviar
    * Dormir en una favela brasileña desnudo a merced de los mosquitos
    * Asociarte delictivamente con una bola de inmigrantes ilegales en los barrios bajos de NYC
    * Traficar marfil africano y piedras preciosas
    * Ser secuestrado por una banda de extras de Bollywood
    * Pasar una tarde dentro de la cabeza de un adolescente gay paquistaní
    * Aventarte sin paracaídas al vacío en plena savanna del Serengeti... entre otras.


    Esta es tu oportunidad para despegarte de tu cuerpo entre percusiones histéricas y pegajosas; beats que tienen sabor a world music, música que si acumulara millas, podría ir y venir a la luna un par de veces porque fue grabada en la India, Trinidad, Australia, Londres, Nueva York y Baltimore.

    Adoro a M.I.A; sé que Kala es mi nueva obsesión y quiero, te obligo!, a que sea la tuya desde ahora. Un par de tracks están en http://soundgym.blogspot.com/2007/08/kala-desde-ningn-lugar-en-especfico.html

    El disco sale el próximo 21 de agosto y, según dice Amazon, vendrá con wallpaper y ringtone. Qué más quieres?

    Highlights del disco: podemos mencionar a Jimmy, Bird Flu y Paper Planes, con el coro más increíble y pegajoso que he escuchado en años!
  • [UK, Channel 4] How Music Works - Rhythm

    Jun 5 2007, 13h36 por IanAR

    I watched a few of these shows on their first broadcast. I seems they're being repeated now, in the daytime. It seems to be going out each day, this week, 10:30 - 11:30.

    The second part - rhythm has just finished. Howard Goodall and the production team did a great job: factually, musically and visually. Explaining the roots and cross-pollination of the various characteristics of rhythm, over a timespan from to now.

    Due deference is given to BRAHMS, Fats Waller, Philip Glass, mother Africa and the Cuban melting pot. For once, Stevie Wonder is provided the über-superstar status he deserves (how it riles me when he's left out of all-time top twenty songwriter lists, and such).

    To me, the most interesting part was concerning a favourite piece of music Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of SpringPetrushka/The Rite of Spring. Since my teens, I've always made comparisons between this and , but while Howard was explaining s and s he made a quantum-leap to juxtapose Stravinsky's riot with the complex, usually voice driven, rhythms in - and yes, when I listen to it, I can hear that now!

    I'm going to set my alarm to remind me for the remaining two parts.

    A number of other musicians assisted on the program, including Drum Jam, who reminded me of my friend Smiley from Gambia. Drum Jam


    Some of the other music included was: Tennon Ryu (arranged by Mark Alcock), Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, Tera Haasa (arranged by Harjit Singh), Hope (feat. Faith Evans, composed by Terrel Carl Mitchell / C Morton / Jerome Frederik Taylor), Cao Cao Mani Picao (composed by Jose Carbo), Kizuna composed, Siegfried Idyll (performed by Northern Sinfornia), Romantic Piece No. 4 (performed by Steven Isserlis and Ana-Maria Vera), Steafan Hannigan - Bodhran drumming rhythms, The Seagull (performed by Shona Mooney), Zadok The Priest, Blue Danube Waltz (performed by Howard Goodall), Akhnaten Prelude, Drum Jam - Improvised African rhythms, Invention Number 6 (performed by Howard Goodall), Romany Czardas, Pineapple Rag (performed by Howard Goodall), T'Aint Nobody's Bizness If I Do (on a piano roll) (composed by Fats Waller / Harry Brooks / Andy Razaf), Ain't Misbehavin (composed by Waller / Brooks / Razaf), Honeysuckle Rose (composed by Waller & Razaf), O Duo - Improvised percussion rhythms, St Anthony Variations (performed by Howard Goodall & Raffaella Smith), The Message (composed by Edward Fletcher / Melvin Glover / Nathaniel Clifton Chase / Sylvia Robinson), Get It on (composed by Marc Bolan), En Guantanamo, Killing Me Softly With His Song (composed by Charles Fox / Norman Gimbel), Superstition, He's Misstra Know It All, brandenburg concerto no 5 (performed by Howard Goodall).
  • [Not So Obscure] Clock DVA – 4 Hours (Original Single Mix)

    Jul 15 2006, 3h31 por IanAR

    Deep joy!

    Back on, only, 9 Jun 2006, I tagged 4 Hours (Original Single Mix), one of my all-time fav'e releases, as /Sheffield. My criteria for this tag's that, the track has less listeners than a 10th the Last.fm population of Brazil (currently 525). Well, the good news is that it now has 753 listeners, on Last.fm, and the world is set to rights. So, I've re-tagged him to /Sheffield.

    What's more, that same's true of White Cell and Moments, both same-day tagged OYS. It look's like word's getting around Last.fm, about Clock DVA and the great Thirst album. The album's one where C'DVA developed the, Cabaret Voltaire inspired, Sheffield electro' new-wave sound©, into the yer side of post-punk. A territory also inhabited by, the likes of: The Pop Group, Rip Rig & Panic & MILTON - with The Lounge Lizards heading in, the other way, from the arena. Latter, they found a more generally palatable formula, with the / style, that they seem best known for today.

    BTW: Whilst we're on the subject, I hope y'all know of Jah Wobble! No? After all the above, in London, after 3 Mustaphas 3 had invented , two of his bands Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart & Jah Wobble and Temple of Sound ly infused all of the above!



    Give Thanks And Praises said:
    When my soul was hurtin' deep within,
    And I'm worrying to be free, desperately, yeah.
    So guide and protect I'n'I, O Jah - Jah,
    Through all these ages;
    Guide and protect I'n'I, O Jah - Jah,
    Through all these stages.

    Rastafari is his Name (Jah!) -
    Rastafari is his Name (Jah!).
    If Jah didn't love I (love I),
    If I didn't love I (love I),
    If Jah didn't love I (love I),
    If I didn't love I,
    Would I be around today?
    Would I be around to say:

    Give thanks and praises, give thanks and praises;
    Give thanks and praises, give thanks and praises;
    Give thanks and praises, give thanks and praises. *fadesout*
  • The Soft Pink Truth's No Longer Lesser Known

    Jul 8 2006, 14h33 por IanAR

    Back on 24 Feb 06, I tagged The Soft Pink Truth as . My criteria for this tag's that, the artist has:
    • four or more streamable tracks (on-demand tracks count double)
    • less listeners that the Last.fm population of Brazil (currently 5252).
    Well the good news is that The Soft Pink Truth now have 5,380 listeners, on Last.fm. So, I've re-tagged them to ;)



    The other good news is that, I've founded The Soft Pink Truth group, for all those 5,380 lovely people and fans of related artists (Matmos, Andrew Daniel, DJ Omega, Liasons Dangereuses, Isolée, The Juan Maclean, Akufen and M.I.A., the list grows).

    Do You Party?

    If you've unfamiliar with The Soft Pink Truth, I recommend you listen to my fav'e track, by them Everybody's Soft (a tune, from their Do You Party? album), which can, also, be found on my Top 240 Streamable Tracks At 60K station. However, much of their output might be characterised as electroclash, if you're more of that mood, I'd recommend Do They Owe Us A Living (Crass) (from their Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth? album), Make Up (which's also genre tagged as: , and ) and Soft Pink Missy (also tagged: and ).

    Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth?
  • I Am A Party Girl Here Is My Soundtrack

    Mai 16 2006, 1h17 por IanAR

    I've been getting in touch with my inner party girl ...


    ... by having a listen to scarebear's "I Am A Party Girl Here Is My Soundtrack" tag

    How's it sound? Well its a pure track tag of over 120 streamable tracks, so you can be sure that each track's been handpicked, to suit scarebear's party persona. The selections eclectic and all danceable. Picture an excellent DJ at a WASP wedding reception, with an extensive record collection on hand, trying to make everyone very happy, at least, some of the time, but not caring too much about keeping all of the people vaguely happy all of the time.

    I made more discoveries than skips and when I found my inner party girl shaking her tushie, I re-tagged, creating my own little "I Am A Party Girl Here Is My Soundtrack" station If you're open-minded about music and like to dance, I suggest you do the same.

    Here's the global tag

    To date (22 Jul 06), folk over-tagging, , has resulted in the following tracks pushing their way into the tops:
    1. with three taggers:
    2. with two taggers:
    Note: Please remember, this is intended as a PTT, i.e. track tags only, please! The tag has been subject to a little artist/album tag spamming, but, so far, still sounds good. Dear reader, if you've mistakenly tagged artist(s) and/or album(s) as , without realising you were ruining it for everyone, please remove the tag(s).

    Edit 22 Jul 06: Updated with chart tops and PTT reminder.
  • Datarock at Beck's Veranda

    Fev 17 2006, 2h22 por schtef

    Datarock are a quirky Norwegian duo who play 80s inspired dance music and combined with guitars and cheesy, toungue-in cheek lyrics.

    They appeal to a bit of a random crowd as well, especially since the show was part of the UWA Perth International Arts Festival, meaning a cheap price (hurrah!) and an older crowd remeniscing about the 80's. Datarock's downtempo 80's dance attracted the usual 'trendy alternative crowd', and triple J (Australia's national alternative radio station) spinning their singles mean the 'jump on the bandwagon teeny's' also hop on board. Anyway, all this resulted in a sold out gig, salivating in anticipation.

    Basically, this was just an all round fun show. I love bands who don't take themselves seriously (prime example being Frenzal Rhomb) and Datarock definately don't. Matching red tracksuits half unzipped (displaying manly hairy chests) and large 80's sunglasses (in the middle of the night), whoop, whoop!

    Yay for Crazy Norwegians! And in true Norwegian stylings they started off with some death metal shredding and performed the track Maybelline (which is a tribute to the cosmetics company - gold!) 'Norwegian Death Metal style'. Hurrah!

    Their perfectly quirky-funniness is shown in the track Bulldozer, which is about the move 'BMX Bandits' and Nicole Kidman. The chorus "BMX, is better than sex" cracks me up every time!

    The song Computer Camp Love attracts geeks like E.coli to room temperature prime beef, with the first verse and a half consisting of dialogue from 'Revenge of the Nerds'. *shudder*, but don't let that deter you, it's a hilariously boppin' good tune and got the whole crowd singing along.

    They also played a new song called 'Molly', which is a love song dedicated to Molly Ringwald. 80's Gold!

    They finished their set with the track Fa-Fa-Fa which is by far my favourite. I also think it's the most uptempo song they have and the track that I'd recommend if you'd like to try them out.

    They (like all good bands) came back for a encore, and the crowd boogied a little more. All in all, a very satisfying set with fantastic energy and showmanship. They played the crowd wonderfully until we were following their aerobics dance movements and hanging on their every Norwegian word.

    Datarock were supported by Diplo, best known for being the master behind M.I.A's brilliant album, so I was quite an excited bundle of happiness.

    He dropped a lot of the same beats, samples and vocal loops used on M.I.A's track only with different MC's. It was really interesting for a M.I.A fan, almost like seeing her tracks deconstructed and borrowed by someone else. Honestly, nothing else comparted though (or maybe I'm just biased).

    He also definately has a penchant for foreign female MC's (which doesn't always work well) and also mixed everything from Ray Charles to La Bouche and other solid 80's gold.

    As good a DJ as he was, the set lacked cohesion and didn't really seem to flow. It was almost like he wasn't DJing for the crowd but for himself, cutting sporadically and taking pieces from everywhere. That didn't stop us shaking some serious bootie though, we were on a quirky 80's dance high and nothing was going to bring us down.

    And then we left, satisfied, with out bellies full of computer camp love.

    The End.
  • Big Day Out 2006

    Fev 7 2006, 1h39 por schtef

    Welcome to Australia's premier music festival! This is my very first BDO (crazy I know) as I'm usually overseas for Chinese New Year with my family around this time. This year BDO fell on the 7th day of Chinese New Year (there are 10) so I celebrated in the best way - with bands! Whoop!

    First cap off the rank were Wolf & Cub. Hadn't heard much of their stuff but had heard good things so I was pretty expectant. Well, they were different. I liked the way they managed to get beats that usually only come from drum machines (having 2 drummers helps) but yet maintained a very rock sound. Overall, pretty good and I'd like to listen to some of their recorded tracks (even though Hew thought they were better live than recorded).

    Next were Youth Group. I'd heard mixed reviews so I wanted to see them and judge for myself. I'd had a spin of their cd Skeleton Jar which was just ok but live they were suprisingly good. The only thing that annoyed me was the "I can't wait for them to play Forever Young" by people who had heard it on the OC - therefore only song they knew. I do have to admit though, it was a very pretty and sweet cover - very OC, with emotions in all the right places ;) The whole set had emotions in all the right places – very nice.

    Talking about the OC, I was wearing my 'Tijuana Lady' top which is a reference to the song Tijuana Lady, my favourite track by my favourite artist (which they've never played live anywhere but Tijuana, Mexico - I love that!). My friend came up to me with 'Is that an OC shirt? They went there on holiday..." ARGH! no... But it was ok, Ankur gave me his Rage Against the Machine badge to counteract the OC crappiness :)

    Anyway, after Youth Group I caught the last half of Gerling (sans backpacks). They looked much older than I remembered and I didn't recognise any of the songs I heard - they don't really play their old popular tracks do they? But they were a rockin' good time - they basically abused the crowd until they got into it, which is always pretty funny. And then they got out the giant inflatable beach-balls and K.K. Juggy (who had her own burlesque show) from Machine Gun Fellatio joined them on stage and got her boobies out - highlight of their performance. She'd decorated herself with 2 little 'spy disguise' masks (the ones with the black moustaches and black rimmed glasses) and her nipples were their noses. Highly funny. maybe not the highlight, but it definately got the ppl in the crowd pumped :) And I had a good boogie!

    The Grates! Hurrah! Patience is such a ball of jumping goodness and I enjoy their rocking girlyness! I really enjoyed their EP The Ouch. The Touch. [EP] and had had it on repeat for the last few days. That and I'd had Message stuck in my head all morning. They were oodles of fun and I'd definately go see them again and jump about with them, they've got such catchy, fun tunes.

    It was either The Subways or Mudvayne so I obviously chose The Subways. I'd listened to their album and liked it, but not enough so I could sing along and I think that detracted from their performance. They played solid indie rock but I just couldn't get into it. I think I was hungry as well and that probably didn't help. Ankur did make the call that he now had found his new hot chick from rock and he's right. Their bass player was a tiny, little, sexy powerhouse of rock!

    Lunch beat Sleater-Kinney which is a but of a bummer as I was looking forward to them but my stomach had spoken and so we listened from a distance.

    I pulled Dan-boy out of the Boiler room for lunch (and secretly Sarah Blasko!) and I won and he stayed and cuddled through the performance. Sarah Blasko was better than I expected. I expected her and a guitar (which I got) but she was also backed with keys, drums, bass and also had some mixing as well which made the performance extra-special. I love it when the performance is different from the album, makes seeing them live worth it - and this was definitely worth it! Her cover of Flame Trees makes me swoon even more live...

    M.I.A. is definately my music of the moment and I'm totally digging her. She came on way late (10 minutes?) and finished early (10 minutes) and her DJ and his equipment died 3 times during Sunshowers but she still put on a booty-shaking set and I shook until I could shake no more. She even managed to mix in 'Baby Got Back' and some other tunes which got the crowd shaking. My favourite track for the day 10 Dollar was brilliant and 2 days later I'm still liable to break out into "what can you get for 10 dollar? anything you want" at any moment :)

    I then rushed to catch The Kings Of Leon but being late gave me a pretty crappy position outside the D (mosh pit barrier). I heard Molly's Chambers and I was satiated. Yes, the Kings are one of my fave bands but my reasoning is they're massive (and therefore will hopefully be back), I was far away and couldn’t see a thing and the sound where I was standing was below par so I decided to make the ultimate sacrifice and left for The Go Team.

    I think the best discription for this band is chaotic. They also have 2 drummers (a new trend?) and used them well. They were highly entertaining and had the whole crowd interaction thing working a treat - best interaction I'd seen in a while. Their singles Ladyflash and Bottle Rocket were amazingly amazing but other songs were just too chaotic and just didn't have that quality. Overall though, brilliant performers.

    Weren't too fussed missing with the Living End (seen them too many times) so used their set to get into pole position for Franz Ferdinand. I do like their new stuff though, very much a step away from the punk days and quite 80s brit-rock. I think it's a good direction for the band to go - if somewhat cheesy.

    I don't think I was expecting too much from Franz Ferdinand. I adored their first album but was pertty meh about the follow up. They did put on a solid performance and the mosh was satisfied. On another note, the mosh was the most gentle I'd ever been in - full of tiny people, poor tiny people.

    After Franz Ferdinand finished we surged through the crowd of tiny people and managed to score ourselvs front row The Stooges places! YAY! Can I say hands down this was my best performance of the day. I felt like I was part of a rock legend. Iggy Pop has the body of a teenager and the face of an old guy but for an old guy he had the most energy I'd seen all day. He went off! He was all over the stage and in everyones faces and that's the way we like it! I Wanna Be Your Dog was pure rock essence, bottled and sold and the crowd lapped up every drop. I almost got the chance to dance with Iggy Pop on stage - I was lifted over the barrier and just as I got to the steps of the stage they said "no more people". noooo!!!... so I jumped the barrier back into the mosh and crossed it to my friends. Iggy Pop? hell yeah!

    After Iggy, we made out way through the mosh back to the other stage to see the White Stripes. You know what? meh. I love the White Stripes and their performance was good but not great and definitely not White Stripes standard. Maybe because I don't like the direction the new album went in but I thought the performance they gave in 2003 beat the pants off this one.

    During their final song Seven Nation Army we started to move back and just as the finished we turned around to a lights spectacular. Awsome. The night was finished off with 2 Many DJ's who put on a magnificent set mixing everything from Ween to Wolfmother. They played so wicked drum and bass and I danced until my exhausted body could move no more and then I did the "head nod". Finishing with the Aussie classic You Shook Me All Night Long, 2 Many DJ's shook me all night long.

    This journal entry is epic. Congratulation for reading this far.

    The end.
  • Dammit I hate being wrong...

    Fev 2 2006, 6h40 por schtef

    Ok, I owe some people a massive apology.

    I first heard of M.I.A when her singles came out on Triple J, Australia's national youth alternative radio and damn, it was awful. Her music just seems so simple and crappy. It seemed to have no depth, a few beats with some English/Ethnic rapping over the top. Why all the hype over something that was so simple a 2 year old could have made it? I hated it and everytime I heard Bucky Done Gun or Galang (which Triple J had on high rotation) I got angry and questioned Triple J's sanity and music tastes.

    Anyway, I'm going to the Big Day Out and so Ankur prepared me the usual dvd full of music for my festival preperation :) I've gotten through most of it and it was enough to get me excited about BDO.

    I was running short on music and realised that Ankur had also stuck on Arular. I look scathingly at it and decided to give it a spin as I was getting a little bored. And damn, it's awsome. I should be made to eat my words, apologise to all the hipsters who adored her and who I may or may not have abused :) Damn.

    It's just so well produced. By itself each track is lonely but as a whole album it's amazing. Her ethnic roots are evident and mixed with some awsome beats (I might even call them phat - but then you'd laugh at me) and brilliant vocal layering. Anyway she's got a pretty unique sound and she grew on me. Lots. She sounds like nobody else I know, let's just say her music used to make me want to slit wrists (preferably somebody elses) and now I want to have her ethnic babies. Babies!

    Sure, I may not be able to understand what the hell she's saying (I can't understand Clap Your Hands Say Yeah or the Kings of Leon and I adore both of those bands) but I don't need to, she speaks through her music. I started looking into her songs and they're fairly personal and political. She speaks of being Sri Lankan in London, her father founding the Tamil Tigers (also known as a terrorist group) and the problem of Child Prostitution in Sri Lanka - You'd never tell through her vocals though. Maybe it's a small wonder that we can't understand her and instead are happy breaking it down on the dance floor.

    She made it big on the internet (hurrah for the internet) and was very much a part of the underground scene so I decided to look for some background info and try not to buy the hype. I trolled the internet and climbed the mountains of hype (which is hard to do) and found a Sri Lankan woman's view of her album. This article blew me away and I reccommend that everybody who likes M.I.A. reads it - it's a sobering viewpoint.

    Anyway, in conclusion I was wrong and this album is the bomb. So much so that I'm considering skipping the Kings of Leon and going to boogie down to her instead. Stupid timetable clashes. Dammit!

    Anyway, I'm going to apologise to my friends....