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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.
MIA – Kala, out now on XL.
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