Listen & Download: M.I.A. Evokes the Sound of India in “MATANGI Mix for Kenzo”

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M.I.A. - "MATANGI Mix for Kenzo" 2013 Mixtape CoverTamil-British bad girl M.I.A. has just released a hot new banger titled, “MATANGI Mix for Kenzo,” featuring new and old school sounds of India blended over hyper electro and dub step beats.

The lo-fi eight-minute mix gives us a preview of M.I.A’s long-awaited fourth studio album, Matangi, her first since signing to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation last spring.

The name is derived from one of ten Tantric goddesses and a ferocious aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother in the Shakta tradition of Hinduism.

Matangi, which the outspoken artist has described as a mixture of her three previous albums, (Arular – 2005, Kala – 2007, and Maya – 2010), is due out sometime this year!

“MATANGI Mix for Kenzo” is the first bit of new music since M.I.A.’s infamous 2010 mixtape, Vicki Leekx mixtape, and her “Bad Girls single and its various remixes that followed last year.

The mix is all instrumentals and samples until around the 5:15 mark, where we finally hear M.I.A. sing, “hey, it’s a sign of the times… can we go find something money can’t buy?” And just before the beat drops she rhymes:

“I’m thankful for my hands, ’cause it’s a good thrower,
I’m thanks for my body, ’cause it’s a fuckin’ banger,
I’m thankful for my mouth, ’cause it’s a real screwer
But most of all, I’m thankful for… my power!

Listen & Download: M.I.A. – “MATANGI Mix for Kenzo”

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