For all those looking for a new mix to get you through December, DJ and Rapper-Songwriter ASSAL has something fresh for your ears. Born in Germany and from a Persian background, ASSAL is that world class #veryrare chic tweaking your favorite genres with a global sound reminiscent of her upbringing. ASSAL and her music ignore traditional boundaries with her compositions combining elements of electronic, dance, alternative, hip hop and world music.
Her eclectic background not only shows through in her music, but in her unique sense of style as well. This jet setting partygoer and fashionite evokes global glamour, classic cool, and edginess all at once. What we’d like to call a “cultural cocktail.” Yes we just coined that. A tastemaker in her own right – her cutting edge style and genre-hopping have drawn comparisons to M.I.A or Santigold …
We guess that Diplo’s travel book sold mad decently, because publisher Rizzoli New York has now signed M.I.A. on to be the next musician to deliver an autobiographical title, according to Freshgood.com. The self-titled 192-page book, due out in October, will feature “monograph in collages made by the powerful and thought-provoking artist herself.” Given M.I.A. usual seizure-inducing art direction, you might want to take a Xanax before delving into a books worth of it.
A finger isn’t a nipple and M.I.A. certainly isn’t Janet Jackson, but that’s the main (non-)controversy coming out of last night’s Superbowl Halftime show. While performing with Madonna and Nicki Minaj, the UK singer made the artistic decision to give the camera (and about 100,000,000 people) the middle finger. Why? “Adrenalin” is being named as the culprit, according to M.I.A.’s camp.
As promised last week, there’s a new tune by M.I.A. to start this Monday. “Bad Girls” originally appeared on M.I.A.’s Vikki Leekx mixtape from 2010, and this refined version (produced by Danja) hits harder. The song offers an early peak at what could be in store for M.I.A.’s fourth album which she is currently recording. …MORE
Rick Ross vs CSS / Tag Team vs LCD Soundsystem / Ghostface Killah vs Beirut /M.I.A. vs Vampire Weekend / The Cool Kids vs The Dodos / and more recently /Wallpaper vs Genesis / Tune-yards vs Rihanna / Little Dragon vs Kelly Rowand
It boggles the mind of what these two mad geniuses can create. I didn’t even know these two songs can mash up but they do and it’s amazing: it’s dance-crazy, it’s rock-crazy, it’s wickedly crazy. That is why I call them the “Kings of Mash-Ups;” and hey, I might even go as far and say that they are the Kings of DJs (I might… but I won’t).