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Mark Ronson’s Funk Remix Of Ibeyi’s ‘Stranger / Lover’

British star producer Mark Ronson shares an infectious funk 're-fix' of Ibeyi's melancholic relationship ballad "Stranger / Lover."

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Ibeyi’s “Stranger / Lover” gets treated to an infectious 're-fix' by none other than famed British producer Mark Ronson. The multi-instrumentalist completely reshapes the song, transforming it from a jazz-tinged, soul anthem to an 80s inspired funk tune infused with pulsating electric guitar riffs, synthesized drum kicks, and resounding R&B vocals. “I’ve never worked so closely with an artist when doing a remix before," Ronson says in an interview with The Fader. His additions give the song an entirely different feel, but the twins’ soothingly honeyed vocals still shine through.

The French-Cuban duo also spoke with The Fader recently about their reaction to Beyoncé using their song “River” in an Instagram video and the spirituality in their music. “I think spirituality is just about the moment—being in the moment. Not in the future or the past but right now. Art is about that. It's about how you feel in that instant. The words that you're saying at the second you're saying them. This movement, this way you breathe. The moment when the pencil touches the paper” mentions Ibeyi's Lisa-Kaindé Díaz.

Listen to Mark Ronson’s groovy reworking of Ibeyi’s “Stranger / Lover” and revisit the twins’ evocative music video for the single below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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