diplo vs. m.i.a. mashup mix
Posted by subtek 14 years ago
diplo & m.i.a. - piracy funds terrorism vol. 1  
01-galangaton (diplo mix).mp3  
02-galang featuring lil vicious.mp3  
03-ll cool j_cavemen - two bit rhythm (m.i.a. mix).mp3  
04-fire bam (diplo mix).mp3  
05-fire fire.mp3  
06-m.i.a._missy - one for the head skit.mp3  
07-amazon (diplo mix).mp3  
08-the clipse - definition of a roller.mp3  
09-m.i.a._cutty ranks.mp3  
11-you're good (diplo mix).mp3  
13-sunshowers (diplo mix).mp3  
14-baile funk one.mp3  
15-bucky done gun.mp3  
16-baile funk two.mp3  
17-china girl (diplo mix).mp3  
18-baile funk three.mp3  
19-lady killer (diplo mix).mp3  
20-uraqt (diplo mix).mp3  
21-bingo (diplo mix).mp3  
I'd post it, but it probably won't be around long.
johnny2000: is like a breath of skunked out air to London's musical mind right now. With the battle bashment of her first release, 'Sunshowers', and the barest electro ragga oozing from 'Galang', it's her deadpan delivery that pulls her from the pack.  
But the plot thickens - though her acronym stands for Missing In Acton, M.I.A is far from your average west London gyal. Real name Maya Arulpragasam, she was born in Sri Lanka 28 years ago. Her father was committed to the Tamil Tigers independence movement and after civil war broke out in 1983 between the Tamils and Sinhalas factions, she was forced to flee to London with her mother and two siblings. Maya hasn't seen her dad since but if you expect her to be a bitter girl making dark music, think again...  
How has experiencing war as a kid affected your outlook?  
"I just tend to think about 'we' and my community and all that kind of naff stuff. You have to stick together when you're being herded in your hundreds to catch a bus to the next town. When you're hungry, everybody looks out for each other. So there's still a part of me that wants to have that sense of belonging. Generally though, it makes you practical. Whatever happens, I know nothing can hold me down because I'm prepared for how bad it can get."  
How did you cope moving to London aged 10?
johnny2000: "It was a shock in terms of what aspects of your personality get developed. In Sri Lanka you have to be quiet, decent and tamed as a female. That's how you get judged. Here you have to fight for your corner; it's okay to be outspoken and explore your individuality."  
You studied fine art and film at Central Saint Martins, during which time you met Peaches, Pulp's Steve Mackey and Justine Frischmann from Elastica. Is that when you first started making music?  
"It just happened by accident. I was around a lot of musicians and figured out that music is really about having a certain spirit. I was often sitting around saying to those guys 'Man, you should sing it like this or that'. I was so full of opinions that eventually I gave it a go."  
How have your roots influenced your sound?  
"I wanted to document Sri Lankan youth culture at university so I went back to make a film and there was no youth there - they were part of the Tigers, in prison or dead. Coming back here it didn't seem there were any artists who reflected the society we lived in. Life's not so black and white that girls sing about love and boys and shaking ass, and boys chat about killing someone for drugs. I wanted to hear something else."  
Tell us about 'Sunshowers' and 'Galang'.  
"'Sunshowers' is about how in the news the world is being divided into good and evil with this axis of evil and terrorism thing, so the song is asking: how can we talk about gun culture and other issues while Blair is preaching that if someone hits us, we should hit back twice as hard? And 'Galang' is just London living, the way I grew up on an estate and how it used to be."  
What can we expect from your debut album, 'Arular'?  
"I've been inspired by underground music from around the world so it's like a sketchbook of all these marginal sounds. I'm more English now than Sri Lankan but the next phase is to make music from all over in a London way. The US produce all this generic hip hop and R&B but we've got sophisticated ears."  
Any words of wisdom for aspiring artists?  
"Just be you. Don't try to copy whoever's gone before. Have the confidence to pinpoint who you are and be honest about it. That's the biggest advice I could give."  
'Galang' is out now, 'Arular' follows in February on XL.  
M.I.A homepage  
Maya Arulpragasam
dorian: Well, M.I.A., aka Maya Arulpragasam, is pretty much a media-darling at this point. She's been on the cover of Fader, had a UK single reviewed in the New York Times, and an article in the New Yorker, and will be in a dozen or more magazines in the next month or few. I don't think I've been to a single party (that was any good I mean) since this summer where they didn't play either "Sunshowers" or "Galang" (both genuinely awesome tracks) - and she's all over this here interweb-thingy as a blogger favorite, and there's a few damn good reasons for this.  
Not only does Maya rap some seriously vicious lines - she's as grimey as any of the other female stars of the UK scene - but she can really sing, and add to this the beats over which she layers her lovely/nasty voice are seriously the hotnesss - this track in particular is all fire and bombast, merging huge analog bass and electro beats with her voice to devastating effect.  
One of the things the media has commented on is Maya's childhood and upbringing - she's Sri Lanka-born, and fled the country with her family as a war-refugee when the Sinhala-Tamil conflict happened in the mid-80s, relocating to a Mitcham UK housing estate (that's the UK-version of the Projects). She has tried her hand at the visual arts - stencils and mixed media paintings mostly - and she was nominated for an Alternative Turner Prize in 2001.  
Right now, she is on a world-tour, with proceeds going to the Tsunami-relief effort, as Sri Lanka was one of the hardest-hit countries. A lot of Maya's personal politics come through in her songs, with a lot of them about sexual abuse, the world's poor, teenage prostitution, sweatshop labor, kidnapping, war, etc. That's what I would call "Heavy Shit" for such damn dance-able music, right?  
I don't know just how big M.I.A. will be, or where her music will be in a few years, but right now, she's in the spotlight and she deserves it. Her album, Arular comes out on XL Recordings on the 22nd of this month, and I very-highly reccomend you pick it up becase its a solid listen that will make you think, but its also one you can dance to. That doesn't happen that often.  
Fire Fire!