One of the things we like the most about global party starter/new mom MIA is her ability to (seemingly) effortless ability to flip the familiar into the brand new. Her chart-smashing song Paper Planes is a looped out sample from the Clash’s “Straight to Hell.” On “Where is my Mind?” she blows the original Pixies song out of this dimension, and throws the bassline from New Order’s “Blue Monday” on top for good measure. Sampling’s not new, but reinterpretation of the familiar takes an ear that’s willing to listen outside the familiar.
Now, you know MIA’s song “Jimmy” right? It may not be new to you, but it’s worth repeating (especially on a sunny afternoon when a little dance feels very right) that it’s a near-exact cover of “Jimmy Ajaa Ajaa” from the 1982 Bollywood film Disco Dancer. Yes, they’re almost the same, but somehow it’s the little tweaks that make the difference. Enjoy.