We were just poking around M.I.A.’s Twitter, like ya do, because a) why not and b) of her resounding “FUCK NEW YORK TIMES!!!” in response to their article calling Sri Lanka the #1 vacation destination of 2010 (the graphic and tragic pictures and commentary explain why she disagrees, for those who’ve never heard of M.I.A. before). That’s very real talk. And then we saw this later tweet linking a twitvid titled “Theres Space For Ol Dat I See,” starring Maya, greenlit in astral projections, dancing to what sounds like a laid back and spacey NEW M.I.A. SONG. It really does pay to read up on world events. Get in it:

M.I.A.’s got a new LP out this summer, and it will not be gimmicky, or silly, or hipstery.

UPDATE: M.I.A.’s publicist tells FADER:

It is called “Space Odyssey” produced by Rusko and M.I.A. The song and video were made Monday night for $100, after the New York Times, as she says: “fucked up so hard.” Check her tweets – she obviously finds it reckless and ignorant of the paper to not even scratch their own walls on what is reality in Sri Lanka.

Comments (30)
  1. brian  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0


  2. QUAKER  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

    Ahhh! Can’t wait for new Maya stuff!

  3. ThRobert  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

    this does kinda sound like gucci mane meets animal collective

  4. sounds pretty hipstery to me.

  5. TomTheNinja  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

    your lines are down. this must be the verizon song! I can’t wait for the new album!

  6. When Maya said the new album would be “more Instrumental” and people were saying it was a bit “Animal Collective-y” i didnt realise it would sound a bit like a MPP outtake with M.I.A repeating lines over the top….but still ITS GOOD!

  7. dance party 2010

  8. tommy  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

    damn, that was not what i expected from her at all. incredibly excellent stuff.

  9. I heard that DJ Blaqstarr was going to produce more for this album. He did “THe Turn” on the Kala album, which was vastly different from all the other songs on the album. This unnamed track does sound like “The Turn”. I guess expect more electro, exotic tracks on this next album.

  10. Instant classic. Loving the more mellow approach she’s taking on this new track here. Summer needs to hurry up and get here dammit!

  11. mynameisnotjanet  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2010 0

    It’s good, and I’m excited.

  12. A new M.I.A. song AND (most likely) a new Joanna Newsom album?! I wasn’t expecting so much good news from Stereogum tonight, but I’ll take it! I really like this new song. Like just about everyone else has said, it’s unexpected in a very good way… and I can’t wait for her next album.

  13. Secondrink  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    Love the song and the video. They are both completely hypnotic. I bet the song will be huge in the clubs as a come-down before closing time :)

  14. jjazznola  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    Cool song however she’s talking out her ass concerning Sri Lanka. Her Dad and his Tigers were terrorists who were defeated, plain and simple. I like some of her songs but overall she’s an idiot.

  15. jamwellman  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    Cool song. I like some of her stuff. But man, she is sexy as hell.

  16. Nick Griffin  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    I hate anyone of colour and believe diversity is to the detriment of the British way of life. Nevvertheless, I want to talk to MIA about using this track in our next Party Political Broadcast as it is rago. Yes blud.

  17. Cinco De Maya  |   Posted on Jan 13th, 2010 0

    Hey Maya — It’s generally referred to as “The” New York Times

  18. come on, people. this sort of sucks. nice to hear new stuff from m.i.a., but this better not be a final song that ends up on an album.

  19. *yaaaaaaawn*

  20. Oh no, more people getting in on the animal collective bandwagon… she is better than that..

  21. Scott  |   Posted on Jan 14th, 2010 0

    Anybody remember Land of the Loops. They had two excellent albums called Bundle of Joy and Puttering About in a Small Land, plus great EPs. This sounds just like it. Damn good shit.

  22. is it me or did someone just post something really racist (cough,cough Nick Griffin) and nobody else has adressed the issue by replying. but yeah great song!! just a reminder to all bloggers keep your damn racist comments to yourself!

  23. guest  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2010 0

    d-rock. It’s you.. and your nonexistent sense of irony.

  24. J.B.  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2010 0

    It’s too bad that M.I.A. only presents one side of the Sri Lankan issue. Obviously, she has to because she is Tamil and her dad was affiliated with the LTTE, but for someone in the public eye (the only Sri Lankan as far as I’m concerned) her unsubstantiated claims will mislead a number of people.

    The fact is that war is never pretty and civilians will die. With that said, the Tamil Tigers have terrorized a nation, INVENTING concepts such as suicide bombing and they made use of child soldiers.

    In guerilla warfare, there is bound to be a time when mistakes are made. If a man shoots at you from a church or a school and you fire back and kill a civilian instead, does that mean you’ve committed a war crime?

  25. Benji  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2010 0

    Come on, Maya. Your show at Bonnaroo 2008 was arguably the high point of my existence so far ? it was that amazing. Both “Kala” and “Arular” were my favorite albums of the years in which they were respectively released. But I just don’t see what you’re getting at here. It’s boring. I’ve heard more exciting tracks made in under an hour with Garage Band. You can do better than this! D:

  26. scorchio  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    whats with the sound quality

    myyy eeeaaaaaaaarrrrsssssss aaarrgghhhh

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