FULL ALBUM DOWNLOAD: M.I.A. – AIM Album
Immigration, xenophobia, a refugee surge and a humanitarian crisis are roiling politics across Europe and the United States. It’s a fray that M.I.A. is eager to plunge into, once again, on her fifth studio album, “AIM.” She has said it may be her last album, though she’s not planning to stop making music.
From her first single in 2003, “Galang,” Mathangi (nicknamed Maya) Arulpragasam, a.k.a. M.I.A., has based much of her work — music, video, graphics, public statements — on her frontier-crossing identity as the British-born daughter of Tamil immigrants from Sri Lanka. She grew up in Sri Lanka during its civil war, in India and eventually in London, at first in refugee housing. She went on to attend art school and start recording songs.
In an exhilaratingly fractious career, M.I.A. has been a hitmaker (“Paper Planes”), a graphic artist, a political activist (particularly concerned with immigration, poverty and the reach of the internet), a fashion model, a video director, a label head, a social-media scrapper and, indelibly, the mass-culture provocateur who raised a middle finger to the camera and the world in her guest spot during Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl show. It’s no surprise that “AIM” retains those ambitions, juggling social consciousness and self-assurance as M.I.A. has from the start.
“AIM” starts with its masterpiece: “Borders,” which works best as a synergy of song and video clip. Its images — fences, ships, hordes of straining bodies — bring gravity and historical resonance to the song. The production merges the ratchety sound of trap percussion with a nasal, modal hook that points eastward; M.I.A.’s rap starts out asking: “Freedom, ‘I’dom, ‘Me’dom, Where’s your ‘We’dom?”
1. Borders – Download
2. Go Off – Download
3. Bird Song (Blaqstarr Remix) – Download
4. Jump In – Download
5. Freedun (Ft. Zayn Malik) – Download
6. Foreign Friend (Ft. Dexta Daps) – Download
7. Finally – Download
8. A.M.P (All My People) – Download
9. Ali R U OK? – Download
10. Visa – Download
11. Fly Pirate – Download
12. Survivor – Download
13. Bird Song (Diplo Remix) – Download
14. The New International Sound, Pt. 2 (Ft. GENER8ION) – Download
15. Swords – Download
16. Talk – Download
17. Platforms – Download