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

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