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M.I.A. Shares Surprise New Demo Track "Platforms"

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The weekend is getting off to an excellent start. This afternoon M.I.A. shared a brand new demo via her Soundcloud page, a tense, pop-friendly banger dubbed "Platforms." Built upon cavernous bass and a metallic rattle, the Sri Lankan vocalist tells a tale of transit by rail--the platforms in each hook appear to be both physical and cerebral. M.I.A. is on a cross-country contemplation quest. It's a brilliant destruction of the mind/body dichotomy, all set to the sound of forward motion.

The singer tweeted earlier this morning that if she found the password to her Soundcloud page, she'd upload a new track. We're very pleased to see that she did, in fact, track it down. Listen to "Platforms" below and be sure to follow along with the lyrics--miss M.I.A. has outdone herself with this one.


neon lights on the dust on the ground on the bus

dirty roads makes that scarf wrap a must

rolling by scrolling for the future on the app

data mine my mind like a diamond in the ruff

platforms heres a train of thought

getting to the bright side of me is why i fought

im gonna say what else have i got

maybe theres glory in all the things im not.

if oil is the god then the cranes all pray

the crude is so rude

it makes the people pay

on the side of the men make money

a flower for a dollar man

he wants a family

If I rose to power

itll be a bouquet

emoji a smiley

and say im ok

the tech dudes are the only ones having a good day

and talking is cheap

coz they make it easy.