Thursday, January 22, 2009

M.I.A. Kicks A.S.S.

Courtesy of a co-worker who sits next to me in the cube farm, I was turned on to the recording artist M.I.A. Since I had heard the name, but never listened to any of her music, my co-worker let me borrow her copy of M.I.A.'s 2007 CD Kala. I realize that I am late to the M.I.A. party, but hey... at least I came, right?

Because the CD touches on a variety of genres (alternative hip-hop, dance, electronica, etc.), it's hard to classify. If there was a category in the music section titled "Damn good music", Kala would fit in perfectly. It's one of those albums that makes it hard to sit still because the rhythms are infectious. Every time I put it on, I find myself bouncing in my chair and bobbing my head. Some of the highlights on Kala are "Bamboo Banga", "Boyz", "Jimmy", "World Town"... aw hell, the entire album is outstanding!

If you'd like to read more on M.I.A., click here to get to her Wikipedia page. In case you happen to visit her official website, there are parts of it that are very busy (bright flashing colors) so you may want to have a pair of shades nearby.

Below is the video to the "Abbaesque" song "Jimmy".


Jessica said...

I really enjoyed that video! :)

Candy Minx said...


She got a lot of press attention and play in Canada when I was there...she was on the cover of SPIN recently...and she's just starting to get play here in Chicago.

She really is making music that defies category huh? I love that!

Malcolm said...

Jessica: The song and video both have a contemporary and retro feel which I like.

Candy: I wonder if her category-defying music works for or against her in the eyes of radio programmers. Probably both.

By the way, I am slipping. When did you move to Chicago?!

clnmike said...

She is talented and I like most of her stuff.

But a lot of her success people believed was tied into her producer.

She has "retired" the moment he stopped working with her, so I cant tell how good she really is.

But there are a lot of copy cats of her out there now.

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