For a long time il:lo have been delivering nothing, but superb electronica and have been on my watch list. Their new drop "Aija" is the Everest of everything they've released so far. By the time I finish those lines I am at the end of my very first listen of the track and my body is still trying to recover from all the waves of goosebumps that this composition evoked in me throughout the 4 minutes and 10 seconds "Aija" spans across.
Built around trippy vocals that remind me of Anri du Toit (Die Antwoord), "Aija" carries a feeling dark hope. It has been a while since a track has made me feel this way, and I absolutely love it. The perky hang drum percussions are a perfect compliment to the chime-like electronics in the background, adding a meditative flare to the track. Honestly, this gem is a contestant for my top 2021 tracks.
The producers share,
Aija was produced at the beginning of the pandemic. It was a time full of uncertainty. You can hear that in the song the intro and the verses are pretty nostalgic and sad and the chorus sounds more energetic, it’s like a call to keep hoping and a way to escape this sad reality.