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The Olés Release New Record

The Isla Vista Band Debuts ‘Strictly Speaking’


The Olés have officially stamped their music on Santa Barbara. Their just-released hip-hop-infused reggae album, Strictly Speaking, represents the vibes of our city and, more importantly, of Isla Vista, the home of The Olés. From incorporating strains of mariachi in “Strictly Speaking” to giving shout-outs and thanks to all their supporters in track “Muchas Gracias” to naming one of the numbers “Sabado Tarde” — homage to the street where it all started — these musicians show where their roots belong. By taking the mellow sounds of S.B.-based reggae band Iration and the blues and funk of Slightly Stoopid and then mixing them with hip-hop and limited rock, The Olés really take ownership of this new breezy blend.

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