Following a bevy of teasers, M.I.A.’s latest project debuted earlier today on Apple’s streaming service. Entitled Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border, the piece includes the Matangi cut “Warriors” and new track “Swords” and sees the two songs accompanying a short film and dancing men and women in both India and West Africa. Billed as the “first in a series of truly global and characteristically DIY M.I.A. releases over the coming months,” Matahdatah Scroll 01 gives fans a good idea of what can be expected from the future releases: collections of M.I.A. tracks along videos directed and edited by the artist herself.
Altogether, the individual projects will form M.I.A.’s forthcoming album/film about borders, Matahdatah. Said the artist of the project:
My new song Swords was filmed in a Temple in India and we recorded the clang of the metal to make the beat at the same time as shooting these incredible girls. There’s ten more of these countries coming and I haven’t chased where to go yet, so who knows where this project will take me. Warriorswas shot in Cote d’Ivoire with a guy I saw in a YouTube video doing the most incredible dancing. I tracked down that exact guy, flew out there and played him the Warriors track. He did his thing for me. He is a spiritual warrior and communicates through dancing. It’s a lifelong commitment for him to be the designated spiritual body that channels that dance.
Matahdatah Scroll 01 is available now via Apple Music.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the silhouette, VILLA and rapper Wale have teamed up with ASICS to craft an Independence Day-themed “Bottle Rocket” edition of the GEL-Lyte III. First teased earlier this month, the design boasts a predominately black upper, donning premium leather paneling as a white star motif appears beneath black mesh overlays. Additional touches are highlighted by patriotic red, white and blue accents across the likes of the laces, branding, speckled midsole and rubber outsole while reflective touches evoke the explosive nature of the shoe’s namesake.
The “Bottle Rocket” edition of the popular split-tongued retro will be available at VILLA in limited quantities beginning June 26.