M.I.A. Brings The ‘Noize’ On New Single, Continues To Battle Record Label

'Bring the Noize' is the first single off Matangi, but M.I.A. has no idea when her album will be released.

Earlier this year, M.I.A. said that her label, Interscope, refused to release her Matangi album because it was “too positive,” and had instructed the strident singer to “darken it up a bit.”

Well, it appears she listened, because on Monday night (June17), she unveiled the first single from the record, “Bring the Noize,” and, well, it most certainly is dark, a knotty mix of chopped vocals, booming beats, pounding percussion and ominous synths that just builds and builds, until it eventually topples over onto itself. It’s a claustrophobic track, to be certain, and a defiant one, too: at one point, M.I.A. declares “truth is like a rotten tooth, you got to spit it out,” and later, she vents “it’s not me and you, it’s the f–ing banks.”

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