MIA

MIA

On the same day that MIA's rabidly anticipated new album ‘Matangi’ is released, the rapper chooses an unusual act to introduce her Terminal 5 show. As the evening begins, a video of Wikileaks founder and inspiration for MIA’s 2010 Vicki...

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MIA - 'Matangi'

MIA - 'Matangi'

A year ago, already 12 months into its elephantine gestation, MIA’s record label rejected an early draft of ‘Matangi’ for sounding “too happy”. Happy may be music biz-speak for “crap”, but either way, after two drafts and a threat...

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MIA

MIA

MIA must be wondering what’s she got to do to get a break. First there was Truffleflavouredchipsgate. Then the duet with Madonna on ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’’ – where, despite the involvement of two of pop’s most creative stars, nobody...

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MIA - 'Bad Girls'

MIA - 'Bad Girls'

After Truffle-gate, Diplo-gate and the coolly received, Sleigh Bells-assisted sonic experimentation of ‘Maya’, MIA put a cap on a bad 2010 with the release of mixtape ‘Vicki Leekx’. It proved to be a saving grace. Sonically taking her back...

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Live Review: Sonar Festival

Live Review: Sonar Festival

It’s Saturday night in Barcelona and NME is surrounded by sweaty ravers who’ve beenup for over 40 hours, pupils rattling in their sockets. Three cartoon-like characters take to a stage above us and the crowd begin to sizzle. This is the only...

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Live Review: M.I.A., The Warehouse Project, Manchester

Live Review: M.I.A., The Warehouse Project,...

Musician, political activist, fashion designer: MIA ’s always made a proud point of her multiple personality, of being hard to pin down and even harder to anticipate. And for a while she was loved for it. With her colourful background and...

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Album review: MIA - '/\/\ /\ Y /\' (NEET/XL)

Album review: MIA - '/\/\ /\ Y /\' (NEET/XL)

You could easily let MIA ’s third album be obscured by the campaign of media manipulation, shock-and-awe polemic and fame-as-art fire-drawing that preceded it. As her face is obscured by YouTube timebars on the sleeve, it could vanish behind a...

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10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (1/05/10)

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (1/05/10)

1. MIA – ‘Born Free’ After the gentle wrong-footing of last year’s teaser ‘There’s Space For Ol Dat I See’, now the comeback proper. Deployed without warning, ‘Born Free’ and its accompanying brutally graphic 11-minute Romain...

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10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (22/01/10)

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (22/01/10)

This week's playlist features a free download from indie stalwarts Quasi, some 21st Century riot grrrl from Japanese Voyeurs, and an 'ornithologically-themed knee-trembler" from The Besnard Lakes. 1. MIA – There’s Space For Ol Dat I See...

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Live Review: MIA

Live Review: MIA

This weekend she will co-headline both San Diego’s Street Scene and San Francisco’s Outside Lands festivals, but tonight Maya Arulpragasam – don’t forget, named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world but a couple of...

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