MIA is destined to be “The One” as fate dictates in her new song. It is the artist’s first single from her sixth studio album. mataover island.
“If you’re trying to find the one/Why you need a reminder,” she sings on the hook of the Rex Kudo & T-Minus-produced track. “No matter how you look at it, it’s me you keep finding/trying to find the one/what you’re looking for doesn’t hide/trying to find the one, it’s me you keep finding.”
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, MIA said she was in a “really happy place” writing the song, even though it was created in the middle of the pandemic.
“I think it’s just about staying with who you are and with the truth. I think at the end of the day this record is also about me still trying to find the truth. In a way, it’s kind of rebellious because everyone expects me to cause so much chaos… Everyone expects it, but it’s not, it’s not,” she said of You Find the Spirit Guide. Inner spirituality, whatever form you are given. I find that really interesting, when you think everything, the universe challenges you.”
She also discussed the themes of the album. “I think there’s a little fight on the record. That there is a little conflict, but the conflict is like your ego and your spirituality,” she said. “These are the clashes. Because as a musician you need an ego, otherwise it won’t work. Also the genre of music, which, genres I should say, is all very egocentric. It’s not like I’m an artist who came through gospel or anything. For me it was like that trip and it was also an important time to discuss Islamophobia… talk about wars in the Middle East and things like that.”
The sequel from 2016 TARGETthe release date for her sixth studio album has not yet been announced but is “on the way” according to a press release.
In November, she dropped “Babylon,” which was offered as an NFT. MIA also released an extended version of their 2010 mixtape Vicki Leekx in support of the Courage Foundation. Prior to “Babylon,” MIA shared two songs, “Ctrl” and “Ohmni 202091,” through her OHMNI page last year.
This summer, MIA will embark on a tour of Europe, with several appearances at festivals including Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain on June 10th.
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