The lithe cut premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show and finds M.I.A. in classic form, delivering dextrous boasts — “So I stay way up on a level/ Like my name is Neymar and you know I’m not normal” — in a disaffected tone. The “Go Off” production meanwhile is instantly infectious, cut through with clattering drums and a melange of quintessentially strange Skrillex synth sounds.
In an interview with Mac, M.I.A. said that AIM would likely be her last album, though she said she would still continue to make music after its release. She described the record as her “cleanest” album, adding, “I just wanted it to be happy, there’s no complaints on it. There’s another side to me completely, I don’t know if people know that.”
While AIM marks M.I.A.’s first album since 2013’s Matangi, the musician has been busy in recent months. In March, she released two new songs, “MIA OLA” and “Foreign Friend,” and in 2015 she dropped “Swords” and “Borders,” the video for which tackled the refugee crisis.