With her new album “Matangi” set to be released in November, rap star M.I.A. released a new song, “Come Walk With Me.” It starts out really mellow and lulls listeners into thinking it’s another ballad like her last single, “Unbreak My Mixtape,” however “Come Walk With Me” quickly slips into an uptempo synth-heavy track. According to slate.com:
“For the first minute and a half of M.I.A.’s new single, ‘Come Walk With Me,’ you might think it’s her most mellow song ever. Over the kind of reverb-heavy guitars that might make you reach to throw your lighters up, M.I.A. invites you not to break stuff or to dance—but instead to take a nice leisurely stroll. ‘You ain’t gotta shake it, just be with me,’ she sings, ‘You ain’t gotta throw your hands in the air/ ’Cause tonight we ain’t acting like we don’t care.’ In other words, she’s singing about how you don’t always have to dance.
“This new mode doesn’t last long. On a dime, Maya turns back to the kind of aggressive, world-trotting beat familiar from her previous albums, complete with a synth line reminiscent of ‘XR2‘ and a distorted sample of ‘Bamboo Banga.’”
Check out M.I.A.’s “Come Walk With Me” below, courtesy of ILLROOTS.