“If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?”
Ostensibly about the most lucid missive fluoro-freedom fighter and counterculture pariah Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A., has despatched in years, even though the statement may be footnoted by the truly baffling “back home, where I come from, we keep being born again, and again, and and and again, and and again.” Y.A.L.A., an acronym for You Always Live Again and itself a reputed response to Drake’s The Motto, may not exactly be the sound of Arulpragasam emphatically reinventing herself. Indeed, although pieced together by Dutch duo The Partysquad, it even sounds as though Diplo’s back bringing colourfully tropiphoric vibes to its sonic backdrop, Maya shooting holes in the song’s crisp production with lyrics of glasses of rum, guns and “fun fun fun.” And certainly, as she continues to rhyme Polo, with banana pole, with yoyo, with YOLO, her penchant for onomatopoeia appears resolute as her predilection for stark punctuation marks. But, and it’s a substantial one without any auxiliary ‘if’, Y.A.L.A. signals a return to the blithe abandon of Arular, and consequently makes for her most enjoyable listen in some while.
Y.A.L.A. is lifted from M.I.A.’s upcoming fourth full-length effort, Matangi, which is anticipated November 4th via Virgin EMI.