It's a fantastic, buoyant return...

Ibibio Sound Machine return with new Hot Chip produced single 'Electricity'.

The band high-tailed it to Hot Chip's studio for the session, which wraps some bouncy analogue synths around their pulsating afrobeat-leaning rhythms.

Airing a few moments ago on Lauren Laverne's always-essential 6Music show, it comes as Ibibio Sound Machine lay out plans for their first UK tour since 2019.

So, the single: singer Eno Williams explains...

"Even in trying times, 'without love, there’s no electricity.' This one started out as an idea to mix Afrobeat with Giorgio Moroder–style synth vibes. The end section with Alfred’s korego (Ghanaian 2-stringed folk guitar) solo was already there when we got into the studio, but then we added the big kick drum that happens underneath and Owen from Hot Chip’s crazy drum machine percussion at the end, which gave it a futuristic Afro feel when mixed with the more talking drum parts."

Check out 'Electricity' below, then find Ibibio Sound Machine's UK shows after the jump:

Catch Ibibio Sound Machine at the following shows:

March
30 Bath Forum
31 Worthing The Venue

April
1 Manchester Band on the Wall
3 Birmingham The Castle & Falcon
7 Newcastle Wylam Brewery
8 Glasgow St. Luke's
9 Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
14 London Electric Ballroom

Photo Credit: Simon Webb

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