Last week, M.I.A. previewed her upcoming album, AIM, with the Blaqstarr-produced “Bird Song”. Now, after a little hiccup with label Interscope, she’s back today with a new version of the track, helmed by superstar DJ/producer Diplo.
Not unlike the material from Diplo’s Major Lazer project, this latest iteration swings and sways with a distinct dancehall swagger. It marks M.I.A. and Diplo’s first collaboration in years; the two artists, who once dated, recently made amends following a long and nasty falling out. Both versions of the song are expected to appear on the new LP. Check it out above.
AIM, the follow-up to 2013’s Matangi, arrives September 9th. Find the artwork and newly unveiled tracklist below. In addition to Blaqstarr and Diplo, the album features former One Direction member Zayn Malik.
02. Go Off
03. Bird Song (prod. Blaqstarr)
04. Jump In
05. Freedun (feat. Zayn Malik)
06. Foreign Friend (feat. Delta Daps)
08. A.M.P (All My People)
09. Ali R U OK?
11. Fly Pirate
13. Bird Song (prod. by Diplo)
14. The New International Sounds Pt. 2