Thanks to a unique blend of modern, traditional and native sounds, Ibeyi has risen to global prominence since the release of their self-titled debut album earlier this year. The wonder twin dynamic shared between Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz is undeniable throughout the impressive project, which is further enhanced by captivating videos for tracks like "Ghosts," "River," "Mama Says" and most recently, "Stranger/Lover." To make sure that they remain on our minds well into the new year, they've tapped two incredible talents, 2016 GRAMMY nominee Mark Ronson and electronic producer/multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa, to create some remarkable remixes for the latter.
The original is an emotional piano-driven ballad undergirded with pronounced percussion. Leave it to Ronson to bring some uptown funk to the downtempo tune. Premiering the rework on Fader, he explained, "I’ve never worked so closely with an artist when doing a remix before, it was more like producing a track from scratch than making a remix." The hard work certainly paid off. With electric guitar licks, punctuated bass lines, '80s synth and feisty background vocals, the song is almost unrecognizable...in a good way.
Mura Masa's take more closely resembles the original in tempo and mood as the Guernsey native creates an almost distorted tranquility that is warm and hypnotic. But waves of sonic experimentation and cultural influences shift the tide and bathe our auditory senses with a dopeness of its own. Check out the incredible remixes below as well as the intriguing visuals for the original track. Ibeyi and the "Stranger/Lover" remixes are both available for download. And if you happen to be overseas, be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates with stops throughout the UK and Australia.