Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far



27. Ibeyi

Ibeyi
(XL)

It's not every day that an act emerges who are able to seamlessly blend authenticity with uniqueness, but Ibeyi's self-titled debut did exactly that. You can feel the generations of culture that bedrock this record — Yoruba chants, minimal percussion, Cuban flair — but they're altered, ever so slightly, with subtle electronic elements, so that Ibeyi is undoubtedly a modern record.

Just listen to "River" to see this era-spanning M.O. at work: the track's chanting sits atop a hip-hop beat, and sound as if the two were a commonplace combination. It's this stylistic marriage, along with Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz's sublime harmonies, that make this one of 2015's best releases so far.
Daryl Keating