Producers So Japan Talk Working With M.I.A. on ‘Matangi’

M.I.A. performs in Sydney, Australia, January 2013. Photo: Don Arnold/WireImage

Earlier this year, M.I.A. dropped a preview mix of her fourth studio album Matangi. Unfortunately, the album’s intended April release date came and passed without the full-lengther coming to fruition. In the meantime, it seems she’s been busy tweaking the project, whose list of collaborators now includes the Los Angeles-based electronic-production duo So Japan. Speaking to Kyle Edwards, one half of the unit, he revealed to Hive, “All the stuff we’re doing for Matangi, we’re working on that with Switch.”

Having been courted to work with M.I.A. after her brother, Sugu, scouted a beat on a MySpace page, Edwards contributed to her ViCKi LEEKZ project. Now he’s part of Matangi’s inner-circle of producers and confirmed to Hive that So Japan will have one song on the album with some others “pending right now.” Addressing the musical direction of Matangi, he revealed, “It’s got a lot of bounce to it, put it that way. It’s not necessarily happier, but hard. It’s still traditional M.I.A., it still has that vibe, but it’s got a lot more bounce to it.”

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