Listen: XL’s Richard Russell remixes Ibeyi’s ‘River’

XL’s Richard Russell remixes Ibeyi’s ‘River’

RLR Remix runs separate to the French-Cuban twins’ first album.

XL head honcho Richard Russell has delivered a cutting new remix of French-Cuban twins Ibeyi’s ‘River’ track.

Russell had a hand in producing the pair’s debut album, which came out this January. Speaking about their collaboration, Lisa-Kainde Diaz told DIY: “We always say that working with Richard makes us listen to music differently. Now we listen to every single detail, like a producer would.

“Basically he used to say to us everyday, ‘Try this sound and see what you think’. We felt like we were producing our own album, which was not totally true. But he was guiding us without saying ‘I can do it for you’.”

The new remix brings a devilish, razor-sharp edge out of the original. Listen below.

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