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Paper Planes (Homeland Security Remixes)

February 12, 2008 | Format: MP3

$3.99
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"Paper Planes" is one of the most oddest pop singles of the year -- how often do you hear guns used as percussion?

Regardless, this sharply pointed song -- as inexplicably controversial as it is catchy -- makes a pretty good showing on "Paper Planes: Homeland Security Remixes", along with four solid. The original is one of M.I.A.'s highlights, and fortunately it does not lose its magic when other people have reworked and remixed it.

It's a glorious combo of cool airy keyboard, solid beats, and a sample from the Clash. In the meantime, M.I.A. tells us that, "I fly like paper, get high like planes/If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name.... Pirate skulls and bones/Sticks and stones and weed and bombs/Running when we hit them/Lethal poison through their system."

For the record, it's apparently all about immigration. And the song would merely be entertaining if it weren't for the chorus -- a bunch of childlike voices singing, "All I want to do is..." followed by a string of gunshots, and a cash register pinging. It's so deliciously unexpected, and so perfectly woven in to the infectious rap melody.

And then there's the remixes -- the DFA mix skewers the song with a muscular bassline and lots of electronic tinkles, while Scottie B revs it all up to eleven. Sure, it loses that cool shimmery sound, but instead you get this wild frenetic dance-time beat and wildly tinkered-with vocals from M.I.A -- sometimes she's too slow, sometimes she's fast. Delicious.

Two mixes don't quite make it as well -- the Afrikan Boy & Rye Rye mix mainly enhances that cool ringing sound and includes some guy rapping, as does the Diplo Street Remix.
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I first heard the remix from Ad Rock (from the Beastie Boys) on a college radio station in NYC in May of this year. The DJ gave me the info that it came off this EP. I got it and like Ad Rock's remix the best. Now in Aug I've heard the original song starting to get some air play. It's a good song and humorous (and/or controversial depending on your view) as well. I think most will be pleased and entertained with this EP.
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M.I.A. provides electronic world beats with a new age 'sensibility'. "Paper Planes" is catchy and deserves the airplay it has received, but there is much more to this disc. I hope M.I.A. doesn't prove to be a one hit wonder.
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By mozrox on February 11, 2014
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Fun song, if you don't mind hearing it a bunch of times in a row in slightly different configurations/ remixes.
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