MIA: 'Producer Switch nearly died making my new album'

Former Major Lazer man broke ribs in botched jump, according to singer

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MIA has revealed that producer Dave 'Switch' Taylor nearly died while making her new album, 'Matangi'.

Switch is one of a number of producers who contributed to MIA's new record, alongside Surkin, Doc McKinney, Danja and Hit-Boy.

While recording the album, a daredevil stunt attempted by Switch went badly wrong. "He fell off a cliff and nearly died when he came into the studio," MIA – real name Maya Arulpragasam – tells NME in an exclusive interview in the new issue, on newsstands now and available digitally.

"There was a 100ft cliff and [Switch] tried to do a dive into the sea but he slipped before he jumped and he fell. He was unconscious and all his ribs were broken and he had to go to hospital. Then when he came out we made 'Come Walk With Me’."

MIA's long-awaited 'Matangi' is due for release on November 4, and will include the singles 'Bad Girls', 'Come Walk With Me' and 'Bring The Noize'.

The 'Matangi' tracklisting in full:

'Only 1 U'
'Come Walk With Me'
'Sexodus' (feat. The Weeknd)
'Bad Girls'
'Boom Skit'
'Double Bubble Trouble'
'Bring The Noize'
'Know It Ain't Right'

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