Slowly but surely, queen of controversy M.I.A. has been building anticipation for her upcoming album Matangi, which, after multiple delays, has been given an official release date of November 5.
The first single lifted from the LP was the Middle Eastern-infused “Bad Girls,” which was aptly followed by the brilliant “Bring the Noize.” While it may seem impossible for an artist to top tracks of that caliber, M.I.A. has gone ahead and released yet another banger.
“Come Walk With Me” starts off on a lighter note, a change of pace for the “XXXO” singer. However, as the track hits the 1:30 mark, the song kicks off into an orgy of ethnic and internet sounds, creating a winning combination truly unlike anything else out there.
Lush-voiced lolita Lana Del Rey throws shade at Mother Monster herself in an unreleased track “So Legit” that recently leaked online. Apparently, Del Rey and Lady Gaga used to share a manager way back when before either had stepped into the spotlight.
My guess is that the song wasn’t recorded recently, but with references to both Gaga and Stefani (her real name), it’s hard to deny that it was written about anyone else.
In typical fashion, Lady G’s legion of fans have swarmed to attack the “Video Games” crooner on Twitter, though neither popstar has officially commented. Listen to “So Legit” below and check out the nasty, venom-spiked lyrics.
You were the freak king of the piercing shop All the girls thought they could sing, but they’re really not shit I don’t get it You’re looking like a man, you’re talking like a baby How the fuck is your song in a Coke commercial, crazy? I don’t get it Your taste once exquisite What happened to Brooklyn, what happened to New York? What happened to my scene, what happened to punk rock, rock? You called me the queen of the downtown scene, babe How the fuck would you go switch it up and then replace me? I don’t get it, I’m so legit Tell me, was it ’cause I wasn’t platinum in jewels? That perhaps you thought I was a little bit even uncool Kid, was that it? Stefani, you suck, and now you’re selling twenty million Wish they could have seen you when we booed you off in Williamsburg You’re hurt, I know my words don’t hurt, yeah Oh, girl, I see you walking ’round in your pearls Thinking that you’re number one You’re so funny, ’cause honey, you’re not What happened to Brooklyn, the last frontier? They said you could make it anywhere if you can make it here But where, no magic in the air What happened to Brooklyn, what happened to our scene, baby? Have we all gone Gaga crazy? Remember when the streets used to be dangerous and we were born bad And we were born bad? Punk rock, punk rock The boys used to punch each other in the face and girls were walking around wasted And everyone had a good night, come back in sunlight Punk rock, rock, rock
Let’s face it: most remixes are shit. Adding a generic club beat or a 30 second 2 Chainz verse to a song does not make it any better and more often than not, it seems like a remix is simply a gimmick to milk a good song for all it’s worth.
But once in a while, when you sift through all of the crap, you find a real gem that is worthy of being called a remix. A true remix mutates the archetype into something far more superior and is so good, you might find yourself listening to it more than the original song.
Here, friends, are some shining examples:
1) The Virgins – “Rich Girls (The Twelves Remix)”
You may have heard this song in the White House | Black Market commercial a few months back. If you can’t dance to this, you have no soul.
2) Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans (Smims & Belle Remix) [Feat. Azealia Banks]”
“Blue Jeans” is arguably one of Lana’s best, but this remix is all Azealia and that’s perfectly okay with us.
3) Wolfmother – “Woman (MSTRKRFT Remix)”
MSTRKRFT gives this Wolfmother track a heaping dose of funk and attitude that makes “Woman” that much more badass.
4) Jessie Ware – “Running (Disclosure Remix)”
As of late, it seems as if Disclosure can do no wrong and this remix of a somewhat dull Jessie Ware song is every bit as good as their debut album.
Singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee has worked behind the scenes with some of music’s biggest names — Britney, Ke$ha, Christina — but it seems as though she’s ready to turn the spotlight on herself and take her first steps into full-blown popstardom.
The candy-haired songstress, who has helped pen almost half of Katy Perry’s most infectious hits, has just released a free download of a new tune, “American Girl,” which may be one of the catchiest songs released this summer. Take a look at the video, a la “Call Me Maybe,” below; you might see a famous face or two. Or 20.
“I was raised by a television…”
McKee’s songwriting talents are kicked into full force on this one, and although it isn’t exactly groundbreaking, this track is shaping up to be a real corker. It’s anthem-esque chorus urges you to sing along at the top of your lungs and the punchy, guitar-filled beat captures that nostalgic, beer-in-hand, chevys and barbecues kind of vibe we all yearn for in summertime.
If “American Girl” is any indication of McKee’s upcoming second studio album, (her debut was quite good as well), it looks like top 40 radio has a new, and promising, contender.
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes truly never disappoint. Your and my favorite hippie, instrument-weilding troupe have just released a new track, “This Life,” the closing track of their upcoming third album. Not much needs to be said about this one, so press play and let the beauty of the music overtake you.
The opposing force to N’SYNC is back with a new single that may just salvage what is left of their boy band career. As their first single as a reunited band, “In a World Like This” may be a bit generic, but they aren’t really in a position to push the envelope, are they? What they need to solidify their presence in today’s world of pop is a sugary and catchy, if not formulaic, tune — and the’ve achieved just that.
While it’s nothing groundbreaking, it’s bound to garner some attention from new and devoted fans alike. A hit? Maybe. Their tired image may work against them on this one, as people may dismiss this as nothing more than a desperate attempt. In other words, if this was One Direction, it’d be on top of the charts for weeks. In the end, however, it’s quite enjoyable, so have a listen: