M.I.A. has spent the last few months dropping politically-charged singles and teasing the beleaguered release of her new album. Most recently, she tweeted that her label’s handling of the record was so poor that she was threatening to leak the thing herself. It looks like any squabbles have been settled, however, as the Sri Lankan artist has now revealed an official release date and title for the LP.
The record will be called AIM and is set for a September 9th release date. It’ll be preceded by the single “Go Off”, which is said to feature Skrillex, this Friday, July 15th. Update: You can now listen to “Go Off” in full here.
The announcement of the Matangi follow-up came from a post penned by author Sinthujan Varatharajah on M.I.A.’s website. Like much of M.I.A.’s recent commentary, the note is focused on the plight of refugees the world over. You can read the whole thing here.
Considering the theme of the announcement post, it would seem likely that recent M.I.A. songs like “Borders”, “MIA OLA”, “Foreign Friend”, and “Poc That Still a Ryda” will appear on the tracklist in some form. The singer/rapper previously hinted that this record could be her “last,” and that Visa trouble might prevent her from touring behind it in the US. Hopefully, those issues have been resolved alongside the release woes.
Below, take a look at the artwork that is now all over M.I.A.’s website and social platforms.