MIA reveals that she’s working with Skrillex on new album

The record is thought to be called 'Matahdatah'

MIA has suggested that Skrillex will appear on her next album.

The musician’s forthcoming album is thought to be called ‘Matahdatah’, following on from her 2013 album ‘Matangi’.

MIA recently hinted at the team-up by posting a picture of the producer working on his laptop to Instagram.


See that picture below.


MIA recently revealed her new audiovisual project ‘Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border’ via Apple Music.

The release is made up of two tracks and a self-directed short film. New song ‘Swords’ is taken from ‘Matahdatah’, while ‘Warriors’ has been lifted from ‘Matangi’.


As reported by Pitchfork, MIA gave a cryptic outline of the project, explaining that: “The concept for this LP is ‘broader then a border’ and MATAHDATAH is the journal of MATANGI. Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.”

The accompanying film features footage shot in West Africa and India including various forms of traditional dance and appearances by MIA herself. Watch the short film via Apple Music’s tumblr post here.

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MIA recently claimed that she was being prevented from releasing a new music video, suggesting that accusations of “cultural appropriation” were halting the clip’s premiere.

The artist, who was born in London of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, detailed the situation on Twitter on May 18, “I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa,” she wrote. “What happens when I shoot videos in America or Germany it makes no sense to the 00.01% of artists like me.”

MIA explained that the video was filmed in Ivory Coast, featuring a dancer that she describes as “the best in the wide world”. She added, “If the music industry allows an African artist to come through this year on intnl level, I would gladly give him this video for free.”