M.I.A. is back with a new single “The One”, which is the first breakthrough of the artist’s new album, MATA. The successor to AIM will arrive via Island Records, with which M.I.A. listens to the new music here.

In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, M.I.A. said she “was in a very happy place” when he composed “The One”. Also saying that there are two sides to MATA.

I think there’s a bit of a battle on the record. There is a bit of a clash, but the clash is, like, your ego and spirituality. Those are the clashes because, as a musician, you need some ego, otherwise you can’t do it. Also the genre of music that—genres I should say—is all very much like egocentric. It’s not like I’m an artist that came from gospel or something. For me, it was, like, to have that journey, and also, like, it was a significant time to discuss like Islamophobia… talking about wars in the Middle East and things like that.

It’s also an album “in a way, rebellious,” says the British rapper. “Everyone is waiting for me to break everything. But that’s not what’s going to happen,” she said. “It’s about the battle between the ego and your search for yourself, your search for a spiritual leader, for spirituality, for the form you have.” “When you think of everything, the universe challenges you. And that happened to me. I’m just here to share it.”

M.I.A. performs on the Heineken Stage on July 8 of NOS Alive, on the Promenade of Algés. This is the first time in 10 years that the London rapper has not played in Portugal.