Monday, 26 April 2010

New Music: M.I.A, Robyn + More

M.I.A - Born Free

Maya Arulpragasm returns with the official first single from her untitled third album (to be released in late June), 'Born Free.' It's an interesting new direction for M.I.A, removing any traces of hip-hop and focusing completely on the electronic and rock mediums. She comes across more like Karen O then Missy Elliott, a bold move for the heir-apparent to the hip-hop throne after the huge commercial success that was 'Paper Planes.' A move that will no doubt pay off once the album drops. To check out the music video/mini-movie for 'Born Free' and to grab a free download, head to First Up.

Rating: 4/5

Robyn - Dancing On My Own

Another official comeback, with Robyn dropping 'Dancing On My Own.' This song is modern pop at its very best; a catchy sing and dance-along that you'll want to listen to again and again. It's just as good as her UK #1, 'With Every Heartbeat,' with many calling it the sequel, so if you loved 'With Every Heartbeat' you're going to love 'Dancing On My Own.' Expect to hear a lot more from Robyn in 2010 as this is the first single to be released off of the 3 albums she'll be releasing this year.

Rating: 4/5

Operator Please - Back and Forth

Surprise! Another fantastic comeback single. 'Back and Forth' shows just how far Operator Please have come since 2006's Yes Yes Vindictive as they comfortably move from a heavier indie rock sound to a subtle electronic one where they seem right at home. 'Back and Forth' is a lot of fun and promises good things for the new album, Gloves, which is out now!

Rating: 4/5

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