Mark Ronson Brings The Drum-Machine Funk To Ibeyi’s “Stranger/Lover”

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Mark Ronson Brings The Drum-Machine Funk To Ibeyi's "Stranger/Lover"Photo by Alyssa Klein for Okayafrica

Gotta say, it’s been a pleasure to see the sisters Diaz BKA Ibeyi blossom over the years. From their critically-adored debut to rocking with us at SXSW last year to gracing Summerstage with Ibeyi has been (and may continue to be) the gift that keeps on giving.

But we’d be fools to assume that our ears are the only ones caught up in their booming blends of Yoruban melodies, electronic rhythms and hip-hop-inflected braggadocio. The XL Recordings duo has been making waves in all of the ponds and one Mark Ronson seems to have taken a liking. So much so that he’s provided us with a very slick and strut-worthy remix to their album cut “Stranger/Lover,” injecting the off-kilter head-nodder with a bit of his electric brilliance and transforming it into a drum-machine funk spectacle a la Zapp & Roger’s “More Bounce To The Ounce” or even “Dance Floor,” six-strings slaps and effected vocal trills intact.

Hear Mark Ronson’s electrified remix of Ibeyi’s “Stranger/Lover” below along with their full touring itinerary. Grab a copy of their self-titled debut on iTunes today.

Ibeyi Tour Dates:
Dec 08 @ Melkweg Oude Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dec 09 @ Mojo Club – Hamburg, Germany
Dec 11 @ Kesselhaus – Berlin, Germany
Dec 12 @ Kantine – Cologne, Germany
Dec 13 @ Technikum – Munich, Germany
Mar 04, 2016 @ Perth Festival – Perth, Australia
Mar 06, 2016 @ Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane, Australia
Mar 08, 2016 @ Oxford Art Factory – Sydney, Australia
Mar 10, 2016 @ Max Watt’s Melbourne – Melbourne, Australia
Mar 11, 2016 @ Womad – Adelaide, Australia
Mar 18, 2016 @ MAISON DES ARTS DE CRETEIL – CrÉteil, France .
Mar 22, 2016 @ Le Carré Cesson – Sévigné, France
Mar 23, 2016 @ LA CARENE – Brest, France
Apr 24, 2016 @ Vive Latino – Mexico City, Mexico
May 23, 2016 @ Casino de Paris – Paris, France

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