Summer Mixtape, Track 8: "Paper Planes" - M.I.A.

Who were the geniuses who decided to release M.I.A.'s "Kala" on Aug. 21 of last summer? If any album was meant to be blasted at full volume during the hottest and most humid days of the year it was Ms. Arulpragasam's world-tour-de-force. As it was, it was almost an entire summer wasted. Songs like "Bamboo Banga" and "Bird Flu" get me sweating even in the confines of my freezing office, but I keep coming back to the trippy, gunshot-ringing, Clash-sampling "Paper Planes."

I'll admit my love of the song has been renewed since it has been used in the trailer for what will hopefully be the funniest movie of the summer. But even before it got the Rogen bump, this was the song most likely to blow out the crappy sound system on my Elantra.

By David Malitz |  July 9, 2008; 4:47 PM ET Summer Mixtape
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Dude, Pineapple Express is going to rule so hard. And this song is great, obviously (though I actually prefer the remix with Rich B and Bun B.)

Posted by: Adam | July 10, 2008 10:15 AM

This song is bangin', but I didn't actually like it UNTIL I saw the Pineapple Express trailer [revokes hipster-card]

Posted by: mikef | July 10, 2008 12:32 PM

I can't get enough of this song. Best Clash sample since...uh...Willennium? no?

Posted by: shf | July 10, 2008 2:52 PM

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