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Listen to Leo Justi's menacing new dance track, 'Devils Horns'


Rio-based electronic producer Leo Justi is far from a household name, but his star is most assuredly on the rise. He’s a leading figure in a Rio-based style called “heavy baile” that builds off the foundation of Brazilian baile funk–aka funk carioca, aka favela funk, aka the stuff M.I.A. emulated on “Bucky Done Gun”–but manages to incorporate everything from drum ‘n’ bass to heavy metal. It could be the next regional style to blow up on the global EDM scene, with A-Trak a fan and M.I.A. flying Justi out to India to record.

The title of Justi’s latest track, “Devils Horns,” from his HVY BL NSS PRR EP for the Waxploitation label, may be a nod to heavy baile’s heavier influences, or it could refer to the menacing brass stabs scattered throughout the track, or maybe both. Either way, the song’s got intensity to spare–it sounds like just the type of thing to turn a dance party into a full-blown riot.


M.I.A. and Partysquad release 'Gold'

Dutch DJ duo Partysquad were part of the sprawling crew of producers behind M.I.A.’s brilliant and noisy Matangi album, helping bring to life the Shampoo-referencing standout track “Double Bubble Trouble.” M.I.A.’s returned the favor now by appearing on the pair’s new Partysquad Summer Mixtape 2014. Along with a remix of “Double Bubble Trouble,” the 77-minute DJ mix also features a brand new collaboration with the Sri Lankan-born singer.

With its rowdy pile-up of handclaps, whistles, Caribbean rhythms, and woozy, pitch-bent synthesizer horns,”Gold” would have fit in well on Matangi. Actually, it sounds quite a bit like a Diplo production–Partysquad co-authored Major Lazer’s cacophonous reggae/EDM hybrid “Original Don”–so it does a pretty good job of suggesting what it might sound like if the creative partnership of M.I.A. and the DJ hadn’t flamed out as spectacularly as their romantic one.

M.I.A., Janelle Monae perform hologram duet

Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms.

M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.’s likeness.

Both artists have ideas for how they might use performance holograms beyond their bi-coastal duet, which was sponsored by Audi to launch its A3 model.


M.I.A. on NFL lawsuit: It's 'a massive waste of time' -- VIDEO

M.I.A. is not afraid of the NFL. Instead, she calls the league’s lawsuit demanding $1.5 million from her for flipping the bird during last year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show “completely ridiculous.”

In a YouTube video, the singer born Maya Arulpragasam calls the league’s lawsuit “powerful corporation d–k shaking” and that the cheerleaders who performed with her were more offensive to family audiences than her middle finger.

“If you look at them, they’re all wearing cheerleader outfits, hips in the air, legs wide open in this very sexually provocative position,” she says in the video. “Is my finger offensive or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience?”

And yes, M.I.A. flips the bird to the camera in the video, saying the league wants her to say sorry and show that “it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”

Watch her statement below: READ FULL STORY

M.I.A. finds more controversy, this time with her label over her documentary -- watch the trailer here


Musically, M.I.A. has lived up to her name — at least as it pertains to her forever-delayed new album Matangi.

The album has been bumped from a number of planned release dates, and at the moment it doesn’t have a place on the calendar. Which is strange, especially considering she’s a critically-beloved artist who had two major culture-jamming singles in “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls.”

But it seems as though the delay may be because she’s on the outs with her label, Roc Nation (who, according to M.I.A., do not approve of positive jams). Along with Matangi, M.I.A. has been working on a documentary about her life with director Steve Loveridge.

The doc has been similarly delayed, and over the weekend Loveridge put up a five minute teaser for the flick on his Tumblr. YouTube pulled the video based on a copyright claim that came from the label; shortly thereafter, Loveridge published this vividly worded e-mail exchange between himself and a representative from Roc Nation.

The teaser was re-uploaded to Vimeo, and you can watch it below.  READ FULL STORY

M.I.A. releases 'Matangi' mix online


M.I.A.’s next full-length album Matangi isn’t due until April 15, but she’s delivered something to whet your appetite until then: an extended “Matangi” mix.

The “Bad Girls” artist teamed up with the fashion house Kenzo to release “Matangi,” an eight-plus minute mix that debuted during Paris Fashion Week this weekend. The track, which M.I.A. tweeted out, begins with some of the Sri Lankan-born musician’s favorite ingredients — South Asian melodies, Hindi-movie singing, twisted beats, and thumping bass. M.I.A. herself shows up five minutes into the track.

Give the “Matangi” mix a listen below: READ FULL STORY

M.I.A. album delayed until April because it's 'too positive'

High-profile albums get delayed all the time, though rarely do pop stars find their work bumped in this climate because they smile too much.

But that’s apparently the reason M.I.A.’s label told her the world would have to wait until April to hear Matangi. During an interview promoting a performance at a festival in Australia, she told The Gold Coast, “At the moment, I’ve been told it’s too positive. So we’re having a bit of an issue at the label.”

“I thought I’d finished it,” she continued. “I finished it and then I handed the record in, like a couple of months ago. They’re like ‘You need to, like, darken it up a bit.’ I don’t know what it is but as soon as I work that out. It’s like, ‘We just built you up as the public enemy number one, and now you’re coming out with all this positive stuff.'” READ FULL STORY

Rapper Rye Rye drops new truth-in-advertising video for 'Dance' -- Watch it here


There are two things we can count on in a Rye Rye music video — an ever-evolving hairdo and a feisty dance routine.

Fitting, then, that the 21-year-old Baltimore rapper’s new music video for “Dance” features plenty of popping, dropping, rocking, shaking, and whatever else the kids are doing these days. The video doesn’t show off Rye Rye’s own moves quite like her “Party in the U.S.A.” remix video, but thankfully she has a posse of bikini-clad dancers to do most of the heavy lifting (thrusting?).

Rye Rye’s much-delayed debut — seriously, Go! Pop! Bang! was in gestation longer than Rye Rye’s own baby daughter — came out last month, but new music is already on the way. Rye will join Missy Elliott and Azealia Banks for a remix of M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls,” a snippet of which has already been circulating on the Internet: READ FULL STORY

M.I.A. attacks Anderson Cooper on Twitter; Cooper responds, 'I don't even know who you are'

Just one month after she ruined America’s favorite decadent celebration of violence by raising her middle finger, semi-controversial indie star M.I.A. made another spontaneous gesture last night when she unexpectedly started blowing riled-up tweets at Anderson Cooper.

It all started innocently enough when the singer pointed her fans to a new documentary on Britain’s Channel 4, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields. (A Sri Lankan by birth, M.I.A. has been vocal in her support of the Tamil Tigers, a group which is either a plucky rebel alliance or a ruthless terrorist organization, depending on your perspective.)

Then M.I.A. decided to start finger-wagging: “someone should make @AndersonCooper watch it / film it and show the world what happens when respected journos get it wrong.” By way of explanation, she noted, “@AndersonCooper called me a terrorist for speaking out, and expressed support for the SLgov when this was happening.”

Pause to imagine the Silver Fox reclining in a velvet bathrobe at his favorite Russian bathhouse, sipping a Vesper martini and reading the Italian edition of GQ. READ FULL STORY

This week in ridiculous tour riders: Kanye West and M.I.A.

Whatever you thought of M.I.A.’s Super Bowl outing, one thing is for certain: it could’ve gotten weirder.

The web’s premier celebrity-shamer The Smoking Gun has dug up a copy of what it claims is M.I.A.’s tour rider, and it’s a bit of a doozy, even by M.I.A.’s high-doozy standards.

On the list? Let’s see, we’ve got some bottles of Vitamin Water, a few trays of European cheese and “quality chocolates,” a high-speed internet connection.

Hmm, anything else? Oh yeah, we almost forgot about the three women between the ages of 20 and 25 to dance on stage wearing full-body burkas. And the burkas should be provided by the venue, naturally.


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