This is surreal…
You’ve never heard anything like M.I.A. — the sound of jump-rope rhymes in a war zone. She blew out of the London electro underground last year with her indie debut single, “Galang.” M.I.A. chants the hook “London calling/Speak the slang now” while she plays with her cheapskate beatbox and amps up her minimal buzzes and bleeps into monstrously cool explosions. It sounds like Bow Wow Wow shooting bottle rockets into a vintage Ms. Pac-Man machine to scare the quarters out.
Check out these Boing Boing posts on M.I.A. for links to her music video as well as some really good (and funny) mash-ups (my favourite is the Super Mario Bros one…)
- MIA for intergalactic overlord
- MIA is, well, MIA due to visa troubles while entering US
- Mashup: M.I.A. v. Super Mario Bros. = Super Galang Galang
Watch the Galang music video on Youtube!
Get the Super Mario Bros v M.I.A. mash-up here
There’s also quite a varied bunch of ‘Galang’ remixes at this site. To download the mp3s, just add your email address at the ‘Mailing List + Guestlist’ form at the front page (a Mailinator address will do) and then go to the mp3 page. (It’s under the M.I.A. + DIPLO – PIRACY FUNDS TERRORISM MIXTAPE heading).
Now excuse me while I go “Blaze to blaze, galang galang galanga…Purple haze, galang galang galanga!“