As promised, M.I.A. has shared the first taste from her long-delayed new album Matangi. Here's "Bring the Noize", as presented by BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe. She used a version of the song on the mix she made for the fashion line Kenzo earlier this year; a video is on its way. Listen to it over at Oh! Dope.
Sounds like M.I.A.'s been going through some of the same industry frustrations that Kanye West has discussed in his renegade leadup to Yeezus. "It's not easy, it's not easy. It's not easy. I keep finishing the record and handing it in, finishing the record and handing it in," she told Lowe about the record release cycle.
"It's just one of those things where I've given up at this point. I was literally going to start... putting out records from my bedroom," she said. This was my last stab at it-- I'm going to hand it in and wait for it to go out the way albums go out. If I didn't get it out right now, I would've definitely exploded.
In related M.I.A. news, Matangi, her fourth studio LP, is now scheduled for fall release through N.E.E.T./Interscope. She's also announced a string of tour dates surrounding her performance at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival-- find the schedule below, after the "Bring the Noize" art.
07-17 Montreal, Canada - Metropolis
07-18 Toronto, Canada - Danforth Music Hall
07-20 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
07-21 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08-09 Saalburg, Germany - SonneMondSterne
08-10-11 Tokyo and Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic
09-05-08 Isle of Wight, England - Bestival
Watch a 2008 interview with M.I.A. via Pitchfork.tv: