M.I.A. is set to release her eagerly anticipated fifth studio album, entitled A.I.M., on Friday, 9th September. The album will include the defiant muso’s latest single, ‘Go Off’, which you can check out now below.
‘Go Off’, a hypnotic mix of hip-hop and world beats with electro aesthetics blends old-school M.I.A. with her more recent work. The track was produced by Skrillex and frequent M.I.A. collaborator Blaqstarr.
It’s the second track to be released from M.I.A.’s forthcoming follow-up to 2013’s Matangi, which many cited as one of her strongest and most cohesive efforts to date, following on from the politically charged ‘Borders’.
‘Borders’ addresses the current global refugee crisis, but also serves as a deeply personal track for the artist, who escaped the violence of a civil war in Sri Lanka to come to London as a small child and is famously vocal about refugee issues.
According to the artist herself, A.I.M. will be her final ever album. “It’s my last record so I wanted it to be happy. There’s no complains on it. [It’s] another side to me completely. I don’t know if people know [about] that,” she told BBC Radio 1.
“I wanna go and do some other stuff and take some time out,” she added. “I’m sure I’ll put music out and make music, but as an album, this just came together after ‘Borders’ and it just seemed like it wrote itself very quickly. I had to just go with it.”