M.I.A. – “Unbreak My Mixtape”

Ever wondered what it would sound like if M.I.A. wrote a heartbroken love ballad? Well, this is probably as close as you’re gonna get. Posted to her Soundcloud with the tags “soft” and “lovers rock” and “break up songs,” Sri Lanka’s finest took to Twitter today to announce a new track , which may or may not be off her upcoming Matangi LP, set to be released November 5. We’ve already heard “Bring The Noize” and “Only 1 U,” but this new sound takes us in another direction entirely.

If “UNBREAK my Mixtape” is a love song, it’s a different kind of love. M.I.A. draws in two pretty disparate samples (Blur and Karen Dalton?? Whodathunk!) but the track slowly coalesces as it progresses. With a backbeat that sounds straight out of a KRS-One mixtape, gentle acoustic guitars (and that outro) sneak in to create something that, if not the chart-topper freakout she made famous, is an example of an artist trying new things, experimenting with her sound. And that ain’t bad.

  • GabeNiles YDS Sunny&Gabe

    Faze – O

  • William

    This is definitely not a track off Matangi. It’s just a quick track she threw together.

  • Madferret

    Terrible, sounds like it was cobbled together in Ableton 5 minutes before a deadline.

  • davywhatever

    The Blur track, Tender, is about his break-up with Elastica’s Justine Frischmann. When they split, she moved out and became roommates with one Mathangi Arulpragasam. Justine was supposedly the person who pushed MIA into doing music in the first place.There’s something going on here…