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m.i.a. 'kala' m.i.a.
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Kala Chameleon.

When M.I.A.’s debut Arular was released, its baile funk sound – the electro/hip-hop fusion practised by CSS and Bonde Do Rolê – was obscure. It reappears to a lesser extent on Kala, but that isn’t saying much: treating the world as their sample library, M.I.A. and co-producers, including Switch, straddle more styles than you’d find in most music collections, let alone on the same disc. While supposedly a Bollywood cover, Jimmy also crams in Eurodisco, reggae and bubblegum pop; Paper Planes invents gangsta shoegaze by collapsing euphoric synths into a glock-popping rhythm, and 20 Dollar dismembers the Pixies’ Where Is My Mind? and dances in its guts. Like the woman says, she’s got more records than the KGB.

Chris Power 23 August 07 rating of 4 and 1/2
MIA – Kala, out now on XL.
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