The truth is I’ve been lukewarm on M.I.A. for the past few years, an M.I.A. apologist of sorts. The truffle fry thing, the Madonna thing, the war on gingers thing that I thought was way funnier on South Park, it was all like, yeah okay, girl, do you and all but when are you gonna come out with something as good as “10 Dollar” again? Turns out, that time is now. “Bad Girls” is so big, so bad, so buck, that even the remixes are outstanding strains of future music. Dope global, hip-hop, but above all, bollywood on this dip by heavy baile king Leo Justi make it a must for anyone down for chain-swanging, whether in city streets or desert rifts.
It's been more than a decade now since Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, introduced America to Big Beat with the debut album, You've Come A Long Way, Baby. Although you can still hear "Praise You" or "The Rockafeller Skank" on radio every now and again, Mr. Cook has largely faded from public consciousness even after 2004's Palookaville. But look closely at Revolution, a compilation pairing UK/US producers with young Cuban musicians, and Norman's name peaks out from the tracklist. Even more surprising, the sensual somba of his track "Siente Mi Ritmo" is the record's most traditional cut. Where Cook diverges from tradition is the vocals, which he dunks in space-creating dub echos to give the tune a spectral edge. After this, one wonders where we'll find Norman Cook in 10 more years.
Sounds like: Bebel Gilberto, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66