“Potion” by Bibio
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio is back to share the second single “Potion” from his forthcoming album BIB10 due out October 21 on Warp Records. While the first single “Off Goes the Light” showcased the electronic guitar side to the record, “Potion” sees Wilkinson push his vocals into new terrain, with a nod to Prince (his self-titled second album was a particular influence on this album) via not just the vocal delivery, but the overall feel which emanates expansive futuristic electronic funk.
“I like contrast between my albums,” says Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio. “When I finish an album, I crave doing something different for the next one.”
The result is an album heavy in grooves, be them looping guitar licks that lock into hypnotic swirls, buoyant funk beats, silky disco, texture-heavy soul explorations or that uniquely distinct tone that sounds like nobody other than Bibio. The tone here is rich, deep, resonant and conjures up a radiating warmth throughout.
Vocalist Olivier St. Louis contributed to the album, as well as drummer Ian Hendry who played on four tracks. Hendry also introduced Wilkinson to other players who in turn opened up new sounds and avenues – with Conor Smith contributing a pedal steel guitar performance to “Lost Somewhere” and Davie Dunsmuir adding a guitar lick to “Potion.”
BIB10 captures the essence of Bibio’s journey to date, with clear sonic characteristics and styles present and linkable to the past, while still exploring fresh ground and looking to the horizon. It’s a celebration record in many senses. “I think as ten is such a milestone album, I wanted it to be more of a party album,” he says. “It also has its dreamy and melancholy moments, but there’s a lot of fun and playfulness in this album. I hope people get up and dance to some of these songs.”
1. Off Goes The Light
4. Rain and Shine
5. S.O.L. feat. Olivier St Louis
6. Cinnamon Cinematic
7. Even More Excuses
8. A Sanctimonious Song
9. Lost Somewhere
11.Fools feat. Olivier St Louis
Pre-order Bib10 by Bibio HERE
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