Combine a soulful voice with super cool modern beats, and what you get is I/O’s brand new mixtape Isolation. Released a year since the musician’s debut project 8 Bit Love and featuring twelve tracks (including download-only singles ‘Strangers’, ‘I’d Be Lying’ and ‘We’ll Always B’), Isolation is a clear demonstration of I/O (aka Ayo Olatunji)’s musical flair, song writing skills and natural R&B touch. The New York-based multi-instrumentalist and producer, grandson of Grammy Award-winning Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji, spins immersive worlds that you’ll find yourself caught up in the very instant the first track resounds in your head.
I/O’s songs sound effortless and get us through a long day thanks to their catchy rhythms. His music grows bouncier and livelier as you drift from one track to the next, yet it always manages to retain its magically delicate vibe. There is nothing (not even the occasionally more depressing or darker lyrics) that can prevent us from enjoying the quality of I/O’s soft, grabbing vocals as they echo against a series of uplifting melodies. Terribly engrossing and atmospheric, each song is a mini burst of sunshine-filled inspiration and offers a one-of-a-kind experience to any listener who happens upon them. We’re positive you’ll want to listen to I/O’s mixtape all week long – just plug these relaxing tunes into your ears, sit back and enjoy… (You’re welcome!)
Isolation can be downloaded in full over on Soundcloud.
-Abbie Cohen @Abbiewrites