A deep-dive into their afro-funk odyssey...

Listening to London collective Ibibio Sound System has always been an immersive and invigorating experience, but on their third album ‘Doko Mien’, the eight piece wonders are heading deeper into their funk odyssey than ever before.

While the music loses nothing in its thrilling Afro-electro rhythms and horn flecked grooves, this time it’s delivered with an increased universality as Ibibio Sound System broaden out their lyrical approach to be more direct and questioning, addressing their own community as well as the world at large.

“Guess we found a way to speak to you,” sings frontwoman Eno Williams on highlight ‘Guess We Found A Way’, and, indeed, the band’s connection with the audience is stronger than ever. Built on the foundations of storming bangers like ‘I Need You To Be Sweet Like Sugar’ and comforting electro lullabies like ‘I Will Run’, Ibibio Sound Machine show they can do it all.

8/10

Words: Martyn Young

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