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In the past year or two, we've been privy to the wondrous sounds of French-Cuban duo Ibeyi. Their progressive nature and ability to experiment with pop, folk, electronic, jazz and choir sounds proves why they've been popular thus far. The duo take on the very meaning of their name, in a sense that both voices are unique but it is as if one cannot exist without the other. Their vocals sound more like spiritual incantations and with their voices, they break down cultural barriers that may exist between themselves and their listeners.

With such a diverse background, Ibeyi are able to dive in to a number of cultural influences. The Yoruba inspiration makes up the very fabric of the album, with the intro beautifully harmonised by the duo in the Nigerian language and 'Oya', which loosely translates to 'come on'. With that, there's never a moment where you feel that you need to understand what they're saying in order to feel the emotions conveyed.

Comparisons have been made to FKA twigs' LP1 but apart from the use of percussion and trancing harmonies, Ibeyi share few similarities to their label-mate. Richard Russell marvellously pulls off the production, keeping it simple and allowing the duo's voices to carry the album. When you listen to Ibeyi, you hear the human experience conveyed in its purest form. The album is a package of emotion, there is grief, joy, passion and love. 'Mama Says' is a deep eulogy to the passing of their father, famed percussionist Anga Díaz. Whilst 'Yanira' is an inspirational dedication to Ibeyi's older sister who passed away in 2013. Yoruba culture is known for celebrating the lives of those who have passed through song and dance, a ritual that Ibeyi have embraced elegantly.

They command such a presence on songs such as 'Ghost' and 'River' that it feels as if there is a choir present. The listening experience is deep and soulful, while being energetic at the same time. It's very easy to get lost in yourself when listening to the album. Ibeyi can send you into a meditative state with the spiritual and otherworldly nature of their voices. However, the electronic layers and synths keeps listeners in the here and now. There's never a moment where the album drags on, and that's down to the strength of their vocals (aided by the rhythmic percussion).

Ibeyi takes you on a cultural and spiritual journey, leaving everything they feel laid bare. It's an honest and candid account of their lives, and one that pays homage to their Afro-caribbean culture. There's nothing new with the sounds they've explored, but what they've managed to do beautifully is combine a wide range of sounds and influences to create a mesmerising debut record.

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