When you’ve had a Beyoncé remix sitting on your hard drive for a few months, you’re eventually going to want the world to hear it. It’s just human nature. “***Flawless” was one of the highlights from Beyoncé’s great self-titled album, and with its clipped electro-beat and its snarling intensity, it may have owed some stylistic debt to M.I.A. And M.I.A., presumably at Beyoncé’s request, recorded a remix of the track, sneering over a retolled low-tech version of the beat and throwing in some elements from Beyoncé’s 2008 track “Diva” for good measure. On Twitter last night, M.I.A. wrote, “Beyonce camp has not replied for months > SO HERE.” And here it is. Listen below.
How have M.I.A. and Beyoncé never recorded a proper song together? This should happen.