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M.I.A. - Kala

2007-12-11 13:47
The album opens with pumping electro dance anthem, "Bamboo Banga". But just as you settle into its catchy breakdance inspiring beat, she throws the flirty funk of "Bird Flu" and "Boyz" at you, which are straight out of a Bollywood soundtrack, complete with imaginary Bengal tigers. So, she makes dance music? Yes. And no.

With its 80s inspired synthesizers, "20 Dollar" is a decadent electro clash carnival, sampling New Order’s "Blue Monday" and The Pixies’ "Where Is My Mind". Later, on "Come Around" M.I.A. delivers a deliciously playful parody of an R&B bump 'n grind with none other than Timbaland. So yes, Kala is an addictive genre surf.
And it’s not only her music that’s eclectic. M.I.A is part Sri-Lankan, part Indian and part English. Drawing on this fusion of cultural identities she’s created a new world order in 'world' music, where generic pigeonholes are exploded for funky, free-styling originality. If you’re bored with mainstream vibes then Kala is a must-have. It’s an experience you won’t regret - or forget.

- Annel Malan

M.I.A’s sound is electro, it’s drum ’n bass, it’s grime, it’s indie-rock, it’s spastically funky. It’s all these things, yet at the same time not one of these genres defines M.I.A’s music. Kala is 'world' music with attitude.

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