Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

27. Ibeyi


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