M.I.A. may have crowned herself the "Queen of the East," but you wouldn't know that unless you happened to enjoy the dizzying dancehall beats of The Partysquad.
Nestled about halfway through the Dutch DJ duo's four-to-the-floor summer mixtape is a brand new track from M.I.A. Clocking in at just under two minutes, "Gold" is entirely too short — but how rich those 100 or so seconds are.
M.I.A. comes out of the speakers guns blazing. (For the record, "Gold" kicks-in at the 45:20 mark.) Partysquad provides an abrasive production beneath M.I.A.'s politically-charged riff on Sage the Gemini's "Gas Pedal." Drone missiles, blindfolds, and stickups pepper M.I.A.'s lyrics where she calls out the the Western world's consumption of war. "Read about it on your Kindle," she mocks before Partysquad's assault blows up. You know, just some casual social commentary to shake your tail feather to.