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- Mind Bokeh by Bibio
After making three albums of simple, pretty Boards of Canada inspired rural acoustic electronica, Bibio cranked it up a notch with the excellent 'Ambivalence Avenue' and its sister album, the partly remixed 'The Apple and the Tooth', both of which deserve an hour or two of your time. His sound now encompasses all manner of funk, soul, hip hop, found sounds and glacial electro. This album pretty much carries on where 'Ambivalence Avenue' left off with a magpie like enthusiasm for stealing 70's funk sounds and hurling them through a series of pipes, gulleys and tubes and emerging with a melancholic form of sparkly songcraft. One of the main influences on Bibio's new sound must be increasingly legendary US hip hop producer J. Dilla, the use of cut up rhythms and chopped and spliced samples comes straight from the Dilla book of instrumental hip hop creation but Bibio adds soul inflected vocals on top so the effect is both fun, bouncy yet somehow pervaded with an air of melancholy. When he hits a perfect groove on the mesmerizing 'Wake Up!' with its eastern horn motif the effect is almost overwhelming. Just when the use of squeaky Stevie Wonder synths and the liberal lashings of wah wah is about to become a bit wearing Bibio throws in a curveball like the grungy guitar led 'Take of Your Shirt' to keep you on your toes whilst the laid back summery electronic vibe of yore remains in focus. The all over the place production technique does allow for the odd duff moment but this is still a potential candidate for upcoming soundtrack to the summer.
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