MIA, McCarren Park Pool, June 2008

Wow, this is a real find. SPIN got this exclusive track from Cornershop, “Topknot,” which features MIA, then Maya Arulpragasam, in 2004.

The south asian sound is a fitting match with MIA’s vocals, and the song is a real jam. About halfway through everything drops out but two beats, and a vocal line, not MIA. It’s stark and sets you up for the rest of the build that’s coming. And then… MIA. “My point of view, is it in your interest?” So MIA. Right?

Cornershop: Topknot (Cavemen Mix featuring M.I.A.)