Ibibio Sound Machine released their new album Doko Mien this spring on Merge Records, and today they have shared four infectious playlists in advance of their U.S. headline tour. Each of the four playlists were curated by a different band member and are as funky and worldly as the band themselves. Read more on each playlist below, and all of the playlists can be found now via the Ibibio Sound Machine Spotify page: https://spoti.fi/30D06l5.
IBIBIO INFLUENCES, Selected by Max Grunhard: “There are so many different inspirations musically for us as a band. Here are a few current favourites we’ve been checking out.”
AFRICA CALLING, Selected by Alfred Banneman: “These tracks are landmarks to my career as a musician growing up in Ghana. I was privileged to meet some of the stars here including E.T. Mensah and was part of the band that supported Fela Kuti’s Koola Lobitos ‘Highlife’ band in 1971.”
FESTIVAL BANGERS, Selected by Tony Hayden: “A selection of bass-heavy global sounds I’m enjoying at the moment, best served loud.”
BEST OF BRAZIL, Selected by Anselmo Neto: “This is the music that inspired me to be a musician growing up in Bahia, Brazil.”
The band released title track “Tell Me (Doko Mien)” featuring disco beats colliding with polyrhythm and pizzicato guitar. On their groovesome, inclusive second single “Wanna Come Down,” Brooklyn Veganadds that the song is “another infectious jam from the album that mixes disco, ’80s electro with English and Ibibio language lyrics.” Watch the Steve Gullick-directed video for the single that captures the song’s liveliness HERE. And the sultry “Guess We Found a Way” is a change of pace from the more uptempo cuts previously released from Doko Mien, which Stereogum described as “a deep, dreamy groove of a slow jam”–a further indication of the many moods and influences at play across the album’s 11 tracks. Stream Doko Mien now: http://smarturl.it/DokoMien.