Purveyors of futuristic, synth-infused afro-punk, London-via-Morocco’s I.R.O.K. – which stands for the Intergalactic Republic of Kongo – have been kicking up a storm of late. They’ve shared stages with Azealia Banks, Death Grips and Kavinsky; gaining plaudits far and wide on the blogosphere; and the video for their new single ‘Earthy Girls’ – which you can stream below – has been described by VICE as “the greatest use of green screen ever.” It’s a sensory bombardment of militaristic imagery, bikini-clad vixens and serious hip-shaking against a vicious sonic maelstrom of tribal fury.
I.R.O.K.’s debut album, the self-titled Intergalactic Republic of Kongo is scheduled in for an early 2013 release, with ‘Earthy Girls’ due out on Friday via Acid Bath Records. In the meantime, here’s the video for ‘Earthy Girls’:
- Alex Cull