I would throw out all preconceived notions you have for M.I.A before listening to this track because it will likely shatter them. M.I.A. goes after a more punk rock sound for this single and talks more through the distortion then she actually sings. There very well might be a backlash to this song since she shies away from the danceable production and goes with the gritty lo-fi distorted sound that will probably get some hate from the people expecting “Paper Planes 2″. As for me, I don’t know what to make of it yet and will listen several more times but it is hard for me to see this making my rotation. “Born Free” is supposed to be from her as of right now untitled new album out in June and I’m sure we will hear from it in the near future if that release dates holds true. Due to notices to take it down on other sites I will not be posting a download link but if you’re crafty enough I’m sure you can find a way.
EDIT: That was pretty quick, the soundcloud player has already been removed. I will try to find another way to stream it if possible. You can now stream the song at the link below, enjoy.
Stream Link: M.I.A. – “Born Free”