Never afraid to make a point, M.I.A has released a brand new “song for 2020” and it absolutely slaps. As you might imagine, it’s a track that reflects the dystopian nightmare we all find ourselves in and, as you might imagine, it comes with a big beat and some seriously uncompromising lyrics.
“This is not a song from M.I.A.’s upcoming highly anticipated IIIIIIth LP,” the statement, which was shared alongside a snippet of the track on the musician’s Twitter page, meaning there may be more new music on the way soon. However, this song is different, “It was made for the here and now. Today.”
It’s the first new song from M.I.A. in three years after she previously shared ‘OHMNI202091’ and has come out of the blocks with lightning speed. The full track can be heard via ohmni.com and is a relentless mirror to the face of the lunacy we surrounded by today.
As well as being a reflective track on the increasing measure of control we found ourselves under, M.I.A. offering a reminder to question everything as she usually does, the statement that arrived with the track also shares a message of support for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The message reads: “In opposition to the ongoing extradition of the journalist Julian Assange. The significance of this moment and this case is like nothing we have seen in modern jurisdiction.”
It comes after this week Assange has appeared in court in London amid an ongoing legal battle to have him extradited to the US where he is charged with conspiracy to hack into a Pentagon computer network in 2010 and is facing a maximum of 175 years in prison. You can read the full statement, below.
Not only does the song come with a typically enticing lyric video but it has enough powerhouse beats and scything lyrical content to make you forget that we’re in 2020 at all. Isn’t that what the “song for 2020” should do?