Ibeyi - 'Ibeyi'

8/10

A lot of noise has been made about the emergence of Ibeyi over the last few months. The Cuban-French twin sisters have managed to create a sound that is not only unique in the current musical climate, but is also overflowing with a sombre soul that has made them one of the most engaging new acts on the scene. And now with the release of their self-titled debut, the duo are now looking to display exactly what kind of group they are.

Taking a strong influence from their own cultural background, 'Ibeyi' is infused with an African-inspired groove that gives the album a slow but intriguing sound. With comparisons to the likes of FKA Twigs prior to this release, it may seem like you would already have a clear understanding of what to expect, but their own irreverence shines through on every track and leaves you with a collection songs that maintain a core sound yet all have their own direction and influence.

As far as debut albums go, this one certainly makes a bold statement throughout. It's diverse, interesting and enigmatic style seems to not fit anywhere in modern western music, yet you feel like it is something that should have been made years ago. A brilliant start for these two, who we feel are just warming themselves up.

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