M.I.A.’s Kala is released on August 21 and singing/rhyming/whatever it is she does seems as consistent as the first album, but this album really innovates in the differences in style of the productions. The sound that Diplo set on the first album is expanded here by a myriad of new sounds, including those from Timbaland and Three 6 Mafia, whose presence proves how big M.I.A. has gotten.
The album begins the same as The Modern Lovers (1976): “Roadrunner, roadrunner, going faster miles an hour,” then flows through a few weak points where the album gets too adventurous, but then we hear the real highlight “Jimmy”. The new single has everything a dance song should. Lyrics which come off like Jane Birkin moaning “Je t’aime,” an LCD Soundsystem beat, and then to give it real umph, strings that sound like they’re an ABBA sample (think Madonna).
Here is the video for the Switch-produced Bollywood disco dance floor filler: