M.I.A.

Last night, M.I.A. played her first North American show in a minute, filling up the Montreal venue Metropolis and opening with a new track, one that may appear on her forthcoming Matangi. At least, I think it was a new track; there’s always the possibility that it’s an old one remixed so severely that I didn’t recognize it. (UPDATE: It’s “Only 1 U.”) But the song had some of the tourettic rave-rap intensity of her recent single “Bring The Noize,” and her stage setup looked cool. Watch a fan-made video below.

Lord willing, Matangi is coming out sometime this year on Interscope, and M.I.A. will be at the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend.

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  1. Impressive.

  2. this is the song that was premiered on online station NTS on June 28th – it’s called “Only 1 U”

    http://prettymuchamazing.com/music/m-i-a-only-1-u (radio rip is down, but there’s the context)

    People were thinking it was maybe left over from MAYA, but the fact that she’s performing it gives credence to the idea that it’s new.

  3. It’s “Only 1 U” – Stereogum posted a version earlier this month

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