French-Cuban twins Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz, aka Ibeyi, recently released their acclaimed eponymous debut album. This caught the ears of Mark Ronson who instead of remixing "Stranger/Lover", decided to work with the girls to recreate or 're-fix' it. The result is an 80s funk-tinged nu-soul anthem, a defiant statement of intent. Mura Masa also offers an impressive synthy trip-out of a mix too.
Long-term fans of Aussie soul singer Kylie Auldist should look to the cover of her new Family Tree LP for pre-warning of the new direction contained within. The angled and exaggerated first name recalls 80s records by her fellow countrywoman, Miss Minogue. However although Auldist has not gone the full SAW, she has fully embraced the DX7-heavy digital soul pop of that same era. There are 11 tracks here of fun and frothy synth-soul including the punchy title track, the smooth Jam & Lewis grooves of "No Change" and the slow RnB electro grind of "Warming Up The Sun".