M.I.A. Unveils Her Non-Gimmicky ‘There’s Space For Ol Dat I See’

Robbie Daw | January 13, 2010 9:07 am

M.I.A. has been on a Twitter rampage against the New York Times as of late, due to the publication’s inclusion of civil war-torn Sri Lanka at the top of a list of “31 Places To Go In 2010.” Warning: the TwitPic images of carnage she posted in her “F*** the New York Times!” rants in protest of the travel article are extremely graphic.

But on a, uh, softer note, yesterday the politically-minded artist also posted a link on Twitter to a mysterious video featuring a new song. The words “There’s Space For Ol Dat I See” accompanied her tweet. Is that the name of the tune? Who knows?

“My lines are down, you can’t call me,” M.I.A. sings atop the electo-tinged slow jam in the clip, which basically just features her dancing under green laser lights.

The 34-year-old’s third album is due out this summer. She told Rolling Stone that Blaqstarr, the producer she worked with on the Kala follow-up, “simply makes music that sounds good, and I needed that. I definitely needed to come to music on this album, to make music. I don’t want it to be gimmicky or silly or hipstery.”

Not gimmicky? Hmmm. Has she actually watched the above video?