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Gearing up for their debut album, Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz release this single track 12" on XL. The track takes influence from their West African Yoruba culture as well as modern alternative music, with a chorus of vocals similar to Braids leading to a lumbering percussion ensemble. Lovely spiritual stuff that'll buzz you up for the LP.

12" £5.99 XLT654

12" EP on XL.

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Oya by Ibeyi
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7/10 Brian Staff review, 18 September 2014

These are the Cuban girls, twins to be exact. This taster for their forthcoming album is a four track offering, on one side comprising a "full version" and an a capella of the track 'Oya'. Considering that apart from the multi-tracked vocals consisting of descending choral glossolalia and an undeniably lovely lead there is little to the song bar a low discreet bass thrum and an implicit organic tribal beat that comes in towards the end. It's not much more than an a capella to begin with. But just think, you could go drape this over a dubstep track and watch the monged-out soundsystem "massive" grunt with appreciation. It is a really nice song though, that will no doubt appeal to fans of Bjork, Lamb and FKA Twigs.

Flip over and 'River' has a cool 'Drop It Like It's Hot'-esque sparse, deep 'n' slow rhythm and fingerclick track with the girls' soulful R'n'B tones accompanied by little more than another processed choral backing harmony. This side has a wordless "dub" version so you can buy two copies and play the a capella of one over the instrumental of the other and fuck wit yo' own head man.


Ibeyi - Oya - YouTube


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