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IBEYI

Ibeyi


Ibeyi is the self-titled debut album from Cuban-born, French-raised twins Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. The daughters of Cuban percussionist Miguel "Ang?" Diaz (who was a performing member of the Buena Vista Social Club) and Venezuelan mother Maya began making music upon their father's passing in 2006. After XL label boss Richard Russell caught their video for "Mama Says," he tracked them down in Paris' Montparnasse neighborhood and signed them. The recording is the first to come from the label's brand new London studio. Ibeyi's sound is deliberately sparse, as reliant on Santerian religious chants as it is on 21st century Euro soul. Lisa-Kainde sings lead and plays piano; Naomi sings harmony and plays West African drums -- caj?n and bat? -- both elemental parts of the Afro-Cuban musical lineage. The sisters sing in both English and Yoruban, the latter inherited from their father's spiritual and cultural heritage. Russell is not just the album's producer but an anchor, a collaborator, and a guide. His snaky synths, samples, and beats are used sparingly but add an earthy depth to the otherworldly characteristics in Ibeyi's music. The set opens with a chant to Eleggua -- the orisha (deity) who opens the roads of all things in the Santeria religion. It is followed by what amounts to a soulful, hymn to "Oya," the goddess of winds and storms. Ibeyi move to more earthly concerns with an elliptical piano wed to the ground with layered, organic drums in the erotically charged, ironically titled "Ghosts." "River," with its fat, distorted, low-end bass drums, ethereal funky guitars, and piano vamp is infectious with a dark, souled-out vocal. This direction continues on "Stranger/Lover," with its driving synth bassline, lisping hi-hat, cajon, and spidery piano lines. Lisa-Kainde delivers a jazzy soul vocal. Simultaneously, "Mama Says" recounts their mother's grief after the passing of Anga and their own exhortation to her to go on living. Framed by funereal piano, reverb-laden bata and cajon, and sparse piano, the sisters again invoke Eleggua in the skeletal bridge. "Yanira" evolves from broken-hearted want to open-hearted affirmation. Ibeyi's sound has no direct referent, though their music would be right at home with other artists of the electro doom soul generation, from FKA Twigs to BLK JKS to Benjamin Clementine. Their songs of family, love, lust, and spirit pair perfectly entwined and complementary voices. The musical and sonic palettes reflect both the world of human existence -- ancestry and physical geography -- and the "other" realm that informs it -- a doorway of feelings and senses that is invisible yet ever present. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
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    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: XL
  • UPC: 634904066529
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Track listings

  • 1. Eleggua
  • 2. Oya
  • 3. Ghosts
  • 4. River
  • 5. Think Of You
  • 6. Behind The Curtain
  • 7. Stranger/Lover
  • 8. Mama Says
  • 9. Weatherman
  • 10. Faithful
  • 11. Yanira
  • 12. Singles
  • 13. Ibeyi
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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