MIA bows out on new release ‘Beep’: Stream it now

Need a factoid to make you feel positively old? consider MIAs debut single “Galang” from Arular turns 20 next year. True story, and almost impossible to understand.



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Before the anniversary signs flash up, MIA should make a long overdue comeback with MATA, her upcoming sixth studio album. It’s expected to drop “anytime now,” according to representatives from Island Records, which will release the set through a newly announced global deal.

Before that happens, MIA gives us “Beep,” a confident self-inspection and an exotically deep exploration of percussion, over which she sings and raps, “Yeah I’m bringing someone new/There’s no limit/I’m tryna feel it/Every time I see you/When I want to break through it/Just gotta be/No one can stop it/If they want to, they can try.”

“Beep” follows MATA cut “Popular”, produced by Diplo and Boaz van de Beatz; and “The One”, produced by Rex Kudo and T-Minus.

The follow-up to the 2016s AIM, MATA is years in the making, his compositions have been recorded in London, Los Angeles, Italy, Bali, Jakarta and St. Vincent.

MIA (real name Mathangi Arulpragasam) lit the fuse with Arularwhich was nominated for the Mercury Prize, and its follow-up Kala from 2007 was a commercial and critical success. In the US, she has landed a number of top 10 hits, including “Paper Planes”, “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, on which she performed with Madonna; and Travis Scott’s Billboard Hot 100 leader “Franchise” featuring Young Thug.

Her honors include a nomination for British Female Solo Artist at the 2009 Brit Awards and an MBE for services to music in 2019.

Stream “Beep” below.

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