Ahead of the release of her upcoming album A.I.M., set to land next month, M.I.A. has announced that one of the project’s most-anticipated tracks, a collaboration with Zayn Malik on Freedun, will land tomorrow.
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— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) August 31, 2016
Recorded earlier this year, the track was created between Zayn and M.I.A. via WhatsApp whilst the singer was in India – “We just basically did it while I was here, because I’ve been here for a week-and-a-half…. We’ve just been going back and forth on, you know, WhatsApp.” M.I.A. said back at the start of the month.
The two initially struck up a close bond during the writing sessions of Zayn’s Mind Of Mine – “We have the same publishers and they wanted me to demo some songs for Zayn,” said M.I.A., adding “Before I started writing properly my own stuff, I was thinking maybe I’ll write for other people instead. I really wanted to write a song for Zayn … We had a couple people in common. And that’s how it came about. I didn’t really approach him for my own record until later on. First, I thought I wanted to try writing a song for him.”
More news on Freedun as and when it drops – in the meantime, stream a 90-second preview here.