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ilo ilo Sent Us A Prepaid Phone In Mail & Texted Link To Second Single “Let Me Go”

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We recently featured a new artist called ilo ilo on the site following the unknown artist project mailing us a USB with their debut song “wait” on it, and we’ve had it on repeat ever since. We still don’t know much about ilo ilo, but today we get a little closer to unraveling their story. After sending us a rose, a short note and a USB in the mail, they switched things up this time around sending their second song.

Yesterday we received a package with a pre-paid cellphone including a note saying “we have something special for u on this phone, check your texts.” When we turned on the phone it had a text from a number already saved as ilo ilo saying “hey it’s ilo ilo, i have something special that i wanna show u. text me back <3.” A few texts later and they sent us a link to their website saying to check it at 8am tomorrow. Well now we’re here and they have some new music for us in the form of a new single “let me go.”

While texting, we tried to get the inside scoop to who they are with no luck, but we did get a little more info as they shared “the term ilo ilo is Chinese slang for parents aren’t home come over” and that their logo “is the celtic runes symbol for youth. the purpose of ilo ilo is to create a visual and sonic representation of relatable experiences that young people go through in life.” While we aren’t sure if this is a solo artist, a group, a collective or something entirely different, we’re certainly intrigued.

Before ever putting out music, they've built up an Instagram page for over 6 months with series of short, hypnotizing videos that teased some amazing music clips sounding similar to these first two songs. Many of their Insta posts also included a hotline number 808-202-2690, which is the same number these texts are coming from and has an interesting voicemail when you try calling.

Their second single “Let Me Go” comes with the same dreamy sound as their debut song and we’re definitely going to have this on heavy rotation. They combine layers of glitchy sound design with steel drums, island-inspired percussion and the same relaxed vocals we heard in “wait.” We’ve been asking ourselves who this might be, but for now we’re just happy to have more music to hold us over. There’s a lot going on with ilo ilo, but the music speaks for itself. Enjoy!

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Unknown Artist ilo ilo Mailed Us USB With Debut Song On It & We Can’t Stop Listening

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This mysterious project called ilo ilo, whose identity(s) have yet to be released, have been posting hypnotizing looping videos on Instagram. They came across our radar thanks to a mysterious package that was physically mailed to our office in Denver last week which contained a usb stick and a short, mysterious letter (see photo below).

The usb stick contained this video we uploaded to YouTube below and had us curious what the project is.

Is this a collective, a side project, a brand new artist or something else?

A lot of their Instagram videos and their bio show a phone number (808) 202-2690 and after calling we heard a voicemail of a girl saying the same thing in the video above ending with “I have something special I wanna show you. It’s called ilo ilo.” We then received a text saying “Welcome to ilo ilo ♥‿♥ click below for everything you've ever wanted” with a link to their Instagram, where they've been uploading videos for the past 8 months.

Today we get one step closer to knowing a little more about ilo ilo thanks to a second USB we received from them including the MP3 of what seems to be their debut song called "wait" with some other files.

We don't know if this is a new label's first release, an artist's debut song, or something else? "wait" is a longer version of what was played in the video clip. It has a dreamy quality to the song that hooks you in from the beginning and packs some island-ready groove filled drops full of steel drums. The infectious simple lyrics repeats throughout yet don't let you get tired of them. After hearing this first song from the mysterious project we’re really intrigued as it sounds like it's drawing influences from Mura Masa and ODESZA while setting the tone for their very own style. Enjoy!

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WTF Is ilo ilo?

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Sometimes we come across something that immediately catches our attention and has us asking “WTF is this?” That’s exactly what we have today, but we’re not exactly sure what it is yet. We received a package this morning from something called ilo ilo, and it’s not exactly the typical submission we’re used to.

We got a mysterious, trippy tube in the mail with a short letter, a rose and a USB all with the same branding for something called ilo ilo. 

After digging around a bit we came across a SoundCloud page with no uploads and an Instagram page for ilo ilo filled with with short clips only lasting a few seconds pairing uncredited music with glitchy, dreamy videos that we just can’t get enough of. They’ve mastered the art of looped videos on Instagram as we instantly became hypnotized scrolling through their feed.

A lot of the videos and their bio show a phone number (808) 202-2690 and after calling we heard a voicemail of a girl saying “hey, its me. i know we haven’t talked in a while but I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately and I have something special I wanna show you. It’s called ilo ilo.” We then received a text saying “Welcome to ilo ilo ♥‿♥ click below for everything you've ever wanted” with a link to their Insta.

We decided to see what was on the USB and when we opened it there was a video lasting a little over a minute that really grabbed our attention. The video kicks off with the same voicemail before an infectious, uncredited song starts playing joined by glitchy video clips similar to what we saw on their Instagram page. Throughout the video a date 5/16/18 kept flashing up that has us questioning what’s coming.  

What is ilo ilo? We're not sure yet. After seeing this video teasing an ID, we’re assuming this is a new music project. However, who is this? The letter we got started off saying “i miss u” so we’re wondering if this is an artist we’ve featured on TSIS before? We really have no idea, but are excited to see what’s happening on Tuesday as it seems they have something up their sleeves. If you have any info feel free to DM us about it as we’re very curious. See the video below and enjoy!

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