M.I.A.’s politically charged fifth studio album AIM was released on September 9th 2016 through Polydor and Interscope. M.I.A., real name Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, spent many sessions working in Miloco’s SE1 Orinoco Complex with producer and engineer Neil Comber in his production suite.
Neil produced and mixed ‘Visa’, and worked on six additional cuts on the album in various capacities, including writing and engineering on the track ‘Ola‘ which was released on M.I.A.’s Soundcloud earlier in the year. Speaking on the process Neil said, “we tend to work on a lot of different things quite quickly and throw ideas around , then try those ideas on different songs and see what works best.”
Also involved in the recording process were Miloco engineers Billy Halliday, who spent a few days engineering or assisting Neil on ‘Visa’, which was partly written in The Red Room London, and Kristian Donaldson. Kristian engineered the track ‘Finally’, along with additional engineering (vocal recording and editing) on ‘Ola’.
“She’s a total legend, really lovely person,” says Kristian. “Clearly very smart with a sort of cheeky outlook on everything, not afraid to think outside the box or get hung up on technicalities.”
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