Ibeyi Share 'River (Richard Russell Remix)'

XL Recordings label head Richard Russell turns in a beat-heavy remix of French-Cuban twins Ibeyi's "River"

XL Recordings label head Richard Russell has turned in a remix of "River," one of the highlights from Ibeyi's self-titled debut LP. Released under his Residence La Revolution aka RLR moniker, Russell's reworking of the track warps and samples the original's melodic harmonies and vocals, placing them over a hotbed of booming beatwork.

Lisa-Kainde Diaz spoke to DIY about Russell, who helped produced their LP, "We always say that working with Richard makes us listen to music differently. Now we listen to every single detail, like a producer would. Basically he used to say to us everyday, 'Try this sound and see what you think'. We felt like we were producing our own album, which was not totally true. But he was guiding us without saying 'I can do it for you'."

The French-Cuban twin duo are currently on an extensive European and North American tour in support of their Ibeyi full-length, check out their remaining tour dates listed underneath and revisit Ibeyi's 'Day Out' record shopping in NYC with Okayafrica TV. Stream "River (RLR Remix)" below and check out Russell's previous remix of Songhoy Blues.

May 12 Islington Assembly Hall London, United Kingdom

May 14 The Great Escape Brighton, United Kingdom

May 17 Les Nuits Botaniques Brussels, Belgium

May 22 Stereolux Nantes, France

May 23 Festival Papillons de Nuit Saint Laurent De Cuves,France

May 24 Festival Art Rock Saint Brieuc, France

May 26 Primavera Sound – Sala Apolo Barcelona, Spain

May 30 Festival Les 3 Éléphants Laval, France

May 31 L'ASTROLABE Orleans, France

Jun 04 Rockhal Esch Sur Alzette,Luxembourg

Jun 05 Heartbeats Festival Auby, France

Jun 06 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France

Jun 13 Festival l'Edition, Marseille, France

Jun 17 NXNE Toronto, Canada

Jun 20 Central Park Summerstage New York, NY

Jun 21 Arts & Ideas New Haven, CT

Jun 22 World Cafe Live Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA

Jun 25 Festivalpark Werchter Werchter, Belgium

Jun 26 Rock Werchter Rotselaar, Belgium

Jul 01 Festival Days Off Paris, France

Jul 04 Les Eurockeennes Belfort, France

Jul 06 Mojotic Festival Sestri Levante, Italy

Jul 07 Unaltrofestival Milan, Italy

Jul 09 Nice Jazz Festival Nice, France

Jul 11 Pohoda Festival Trencin, Slovakia

Jul 17 Marlay Park Dublin, Ireland

Jul 18 Latitude Festival Southwold, United Kingdom

Jul 19 Melt Festival Gräfenhainichen, Germany

Jul 24 Womad Festival Malmesbury, United Kingdom

Jul 25 Secret Garden Party Huntingdon, United Kingdom

Jul 30 Les Nuits De Fourviere Lyon, France

Jul 31 Esperanzah! Floreffe, Belgium

Aug 02 Fiest'A Sète Sète, France

Aug 13 Haldern Pop Festival Haldern, Germany

Aug 14 Way Out West Festival Gothenburg, Sweden

Aug 22 Dockville Festival Hamburg, Germany

Nov 02 Concorde 2 Brighton, United Kingdom

Nov 03 KOKO London, United Kingdom

Nov 04 Trinity Bristol, United Kingdom

Nov 06 Oobleck Birmingham, United Kingdom

Nov 07 Brudenell Leeds, United Kingdom

Nov 08 Gorilla Manchester, United Kingdom

Nov 10 King Tut's Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, Uk


This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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