M.I.A. Inspired By Love of Botany

M.I.A. performing at last weekend's Siren Festival. Photo: Lucy Hamblin / Retna

1. M.I.A., "Bamboo Banga"
The first track from M.I.A.'s just-leaked new album is excellent, despite its being about bamboo. [Crown Dozen]

2. Cassidy, "Amusement Park Freestyle"
Not content just to outrap 50 Cent over the beat from his other single, Cassidy outraps him on this one too. [Nah Right]

3. Grizzly Bear, "Graceland" (Paul Simon cover)
No one's too cool to enjoy Paul Simon, not even these Brooklyn hipsters. [Music Slut]

4. Pete Yorn, "Young Folks" (Peter Bjorn and John cover)
This guy's been off our radar for a while, but we do love whistling. [Stereogum]

5. Lil Wayne, "Outstanding"
Almost certainly the best song Lil Wayne has released since this morning. [MP3 via Spine Magazine]