Ibibio Sound Machine

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  • Summary: The debut release for the African-electronic music project led by Eno Williams was produced by Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard, and Benji Bouton.
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  • Record Label: Soundway
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, International, West African, African Traditions, Afro-Pop, Nigerian
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 17, 2014
    90
    There isn't a bad track here, and from the sound of Ibibio Sound Machine, it appears that Soundway is intent on delivering new music every bit as distinguished as its esteemed reissues.
  2. Mar 17, 2014
    80
    Ibibo Sound Machine is an auspicious debut. The producers molded their rhythms around that beautiful voice with taste, creativity, and integrity, and the band plays the hell out of it all.
  3. Mar 17, 2014
    80
    This is an eight-piece band that veers intriguingly between the contemporary and echoes of the 70s and 80s.
  4. Mar 19, 2014
    70
    At under forty minutes, an album of groove-based music in a foreign language doesn't have much time to make an impact, but it certainly does leave you wanting more.
  5. Jun 11, 2014
    70
    The highs and lows come from the instruments. The richness is in the brass section. But there are no emotional lows, only funk lows and disco lows, which, in emotional terms, are virtually highs, the landing places in a bouncing run.
  6. 60
    Best enjoyed off your face at a festival and forgotten about the next day.
  7. Q Magazine
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    While William's folk inspirations remain obscure, with talking fish and tortoises featuring as well as birds, her music boasts a striking immediacy. [Apr 2014, p.112]