M.I.A. was on Jools Holland last night, breaking out, instead of one her own singles, her cover of Spectral Display’s “It Takes A Muscle.” Instead of playing with her usual backing band, she’s backed by ska legends the Specials who give this performance some serious ’80s cred. M.I.A. doesn’t do much beyond leaning heavily on her mic, but one of the Specials gets to rock one of those talk box things, which is totally worth it. Plus their drummer makes the best drummers faces.
M.I.A.’s /\/\ /\ Y /\ is out now. [P4k]