If you think M.I.A. couldn’t possibly get any more outrageous, you clearly haven’t seen her new “Double Bubble Trouble” music video yet. The psychedelic, politically-charged vid imagines a disturbing future where teens make guns on 3D MakerBot printers and dance under LED drones (and, worst of all, take selfies ALL day long). M.I.A. directed the video herself, and you can definitely feel the homemade realness amidst the trippy strobe light effects.
There are tons of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments in the three minute and 26 second production (oh hai, 1984 references), so we went ahead and captured the coolest style tidbits that deserve some serious appreciation.
M.I.A. wears an alphabet-print Moschino (circa 1990s) jacket + pants for about half of the video. Pairing the outfit with bright orange socks is a particularly nice touch.
For the OTHER half of the video, M.I.A. wears an animal-print (as in printed with animals, not, like, leopard spots or zebra stripes or whatever) jumpsuit that looks like it could be stolen from a Magic School Bus book. And don’t worry, the orange socks are also used in this ensemble.
VERSUS VERSACE CAMEO
The monochrome men’s jacket from M.I.A.’s Versus collaboration with Versace makes a VERY brief appearance during one of the many seizure-inducing segments. If you look really hard, you might even catch a glimpse of the collection’s gold coin print on a sliver of a sleeve.
Connecting your top teeth to your bottom teeth with a multi-chained grill (a Dolly Cohen design #mouthjail) might not allow you to open your mouth more than a few centimeters, but damn if it doesn’t look amazing.
Approximately five to six seconds of the video are devoted to a group of women wearing bandana-meets-hijab cloths over their mouths, each printed with a white, blonde, smiling woman. Hands down the most political item of clothing in the video.
DBT (for “Double Bubble Trouble”) appears all throughout the video, whether in the form of random pop-up logos or emblazoned on clothing. Cool fashion line or prediction of everything becoming branded and monetized in the dystopian future? You be the judge.
When you watch the video for the 100th or so time, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for all the Jamaican influences. Subtle Pan-African color schemes, not-so-subtle “Smile Mon!” shirts—it’s all there.
M.I.A.’s flower/sunburst glasses make several appearances, but none as memorable as in the video’s final shot (which you need your own sunglasses to look at, TBH).
Check out the complete “Double Bubble Trouble” music video for yourself. Trust us, it’s worth watching on repeat.