I like M.I.A. I know she’s a bit annoying and that her politics are (to be kind) naive and stupid, but as a musician and a performer she’s still one of the most interesting things out there. Not least because she seems to not quite fit anywhere.
Tell Me Why is a decent example of how she manages to sound both mainstream and edgy at the same time. It has a tune and ‘proper’ singing but they’re enveloped by Diplo’s dense, and rather sluggish, production – the retreating, falling, drum pattern and the looped and distant voices. Very Animal Collective-ish.