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Ibeyi ‎– Ash - New Vinyl Record 2017 XL Recordings Pressing - Downtempo / Electronica / Indie Pop


Street Date: 9/29/17

On September 29th, Ibeyi will release Ash via XL Recordings. Their first album, the eponymous Ibeyi, grappled with the past—the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre included. By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded. It’s also a testament to their cathartic live performances, where they’re able to transmute a vast array of emotions—sorrow, anger, sensuality, happiness—to and through their fans. Ash is also a study in deft electronic production. Ibeyi worked once again alongside XL head Richard Russell, a confidante and friend, to produce Ash at his studio. “We absolutely wanted, 100%, to work with him again: It was not even a question,” Lisa-Kaindé says. “Richard is an amazing producer...wherever you want to go, he will guide you there. But it feels like you’re playing with him. You’re sharing ideas together and he has an amazing ear. It’s like a flow, it’s really easy.” To that effect, Naomi adds: “It’s like we produced the album too, actually, and it’s a good feeling.” Features Kamasi Washington on Deathless.


A1 I Carried This For Years
A2 Away Away
A3 Deathless
A4 I Wanna Be Like You
A5 No Man Is Big Enough For My Arms
A6 Valé
A7 Waves
B1 Transmission/Michaelion
B2 Me Voy
B3 When Will I Learn
B4 Numb
B5 Ash


  • Arranged By – Naomi Diaz
  • Mastered By – Chris Allgood, Emily Lazar
  • Mixed By, Engineer – John Foyle
  • Music By, Lyrics By – Lisa Kainde Diaz
  • Producer, Mixed By – Richard Russell


I Carried This For Years contains a sample from 'Dragan I Slavei' by Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, written by Philip Kutev and Mariyka Va Kuteva, Published by Carthage Music Limited. Sampled from Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares Vol. 2, Licensed courtesy of Disques Cellier.