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M.I.A. announces release dates for new track, album

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M.I.A.’s new album has a release date: A.I.M. will be arriving Sept. 9, the British artist announced on her website. She also revealed the record’s first single, “Go Off,” will drop Friday.

This marks M.I.A.’s first album since releasing Matangi in 2013. Just this past June, though, she put out “Poc That Still a Ryda,” a track she described as a “mix of songs on my upcoming LP.”

The release date announcement begins with a short essay on the treatment of refugees by writer Sinthujan Varatharajah.

“Borderlands house people from all walks of life who are cramped into undignified shelters surrounded by barbed wires,” he writes. “In the absence of privacy and basic rights, its inhabitants are forced to constantly renegotiate boundaries and create new laws. It’s a place where new global orders are created, where new encounters occur, where new cultures are formed, where new people are born: REFUGEES.”

Read the full note here.