Listen: Izy - Irene Remixes (Vol I)
The outfit team up with Elle Shimada, Zepherin Saint and Osunlade to release dance-floor ready reworks of tracks taken from their 2021 LP.
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Just shy of a month ago we premiered They Don’t Care (Yoruba Soul Extended Mix), the first single lifted from neo-soul group Izy’s dancefloor focused re-workings of their 2021 album Irene; Irene Remixes (Vol I). Today that hightail-anticipated collection of re-works, featuring edits by Elle Shimada, Zepherin Saint and Osunlade, is released via Hopestreet Recordings.
Three-tracks in duration, Irene Remixes (Vol I) takes Izy’s signature raw, soulful vocals along with their warm analog production, reconstituting them into pulsing deep house arrangements. Opening with a Elle Shimada remix of the originally downtempo ballad Moon, the songs essence and melody remains true, flourished in 90s-inspired synth lines, deep bass, and a infectiously percussive beat. The release then evolves into classic soulful, jazzy house territory with Zepherin Saint’s Frantic (Tribe Vocal Mix) heating up the dancefloor with a tempo change, and the introduction of some more live instrumentation. Closing out the release is Osunlade’s minimal yet masterful take on They Don’t Care (Yoruba Soul Extended Mix), a minimal house re-work that allows plenty of room for the track's vocals to soar.
With a second LP in the works and more reimagined works of their 2021 debut on the way, Izy sure have their work cut out for them as they enter 2023 - but for now be sure to revel in their latest offering Irene Remixes (Vol I) as it enters the world today.
Izy’s latest release Irene Remixes (Vol I) is out now via Hopestreet Recordings.