Ibibio Sound Machine released their debut LP through Soundway Records released on 17th March. Fronted by British / Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, they combine elements of West African highlife, disco, post-punk & psychedelic electro soul. Their pulsating first single ‘Let’s Dance’ was added to the BBC 6 Music playlist.
Folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother’s South-Eastern Nigerian Ibibio language form the creative lyrical fabric of the album. A large dose of electronic elements and an approach as influenced by London as much as by West Africa, give the vocals and guitar lines space to breath without being overwhelmed.
From the banging sub-bass of ‘Lets Dance’ to the spiritual, gospel-tinged notes of the album’s opening track ‘Voice of the Bird’, the band have turned in a dynamic and, at times, beautiful take on modern afro-soul music.
The 8-piece live band made their official live debut at this year’s Transmusicales in France and will be a name to look out for in 2014.
“A summer hit to be” – Sunday Times
“Veers intriguingly between the contemporary and echoes of the 70s and 80s” – Guardian
“Sounds as if Grace Jones and James Murphy are playing Ghanaian highlife for their lives” – NME
“Some of the best and most hypnotic arrangements from any band playing anywhere in the world today” – The Quietus
“A fresh take on Western African folk tales” – Songlines