Ibibio Sound Machine - Electricity
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2022 Ratings: #73 / 330
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Based on 208 ratings
2022 Ratings: #63
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Ibibio Sound Machine have always sought to get listeners onto the dancefloor. Electricity reveals that they won't have to coax. Here, they have taken their songcraft, production, and rhythm science to an entirely different level without sacrificing their Afrocentric roots

90
PopMatters

Ibibio Sound Machine hit new heights as they draw on the power of musical currents flowing between Lagos and London on the Hot Chip-produced Electricity.

80
Uncut

Marking perhaps the most inspired musical pairing of recent years, Ibibio Sound Machine's Hot Chip-produced fourth album celebrates the power of human connection in turbulent times.

80
Louder Than War

It marvellously fuses Afro with soul, funk, disco and electro-pop in a collection that never stands still.

80
DIY

A blitzing disco-ball of a record.

80
Gigwise

Bringing Hot Chip on board for ‘Electricity’ has been a master stroke for Ibibio Sound Machine, giving a fresh collaborative input to their compelling kinetic sound, and has produced a wonderfully rich album.

80
Clash

Bright, buoyant, and continually innovative, ‘Electricity’ is a project dominated by colour, vitality, and – crucially – a ruthless pop instinct.

80
Exclaim!

On Electricity, Ibibio Sound Machine manage to come across as enormously focused and imaginative while staying true to their wildly diverse, free-flowing modus operandi.

80
The Observer
The London band’s kaleidoscopic new album crosses genres and skips past musical borders.
80
The Arts Desk
Almost a decade into their career, the Afro-electro crew are nailing it better than ever.
80
God Is in the TV
Ibibio Sound Machine’s latest LP – as its title alludes -is an electrifying triumph. A genre-hopping voltage of positive energy.
78
Pitchfork
The London-based ensemble taps Hot Chip to flesh out the dimensions of its cosmopolitan blend of West African funk and electronic bass music.
70
Spectrum Culture

Electricity revitalizes Ibibio Sound Machine’s momentum with production from the synthpop band Hot Chip.

70
The Needle Drop
Fun, funk, and forward-thinking. Ibibio Sound Machine stays one of the most underappreciated bands out there today.
Schmedess
83

While it may not be as afrobeat influenced as their previous works, Electricity stands out as Ibibio’s most fully realized album yet. The Hot Chip production is absolutely beautiful, and through the vocals and grooves you can still hear what made ISM so appealing on albums like Uyai. So catchy, fun, and crisp. Nice

ryanfuemmeler
85

I think this album will be causing serious damage to my eardrums with how loud I'm about to be listening to it in the coming weeks. SO GOOD omg

Fav tracks: All That You Want, Wanna See Your Face Again, 17 18 19, Almost Flying

MAN
67

"Electricity" is a strange but groovy project! Thanks to Hot Chip, the band sounds funkier than ever without actually losing their african roots! This is a positive, forward-thinking and extremely original project that truly need more recognition from the public!

MAN
67

"Electricity" is a strange but groovy project! Thanks to Hot Chip, the band sounds funkier than ever without actually losing their african roots! This is a positive, forward-thinking and extremely original project that truly need more recognition from the public!

SonicDiscovery
75

London based band Ibibio Sound Machine really impressed me when I first heard them back on their 2020 album Doko Mien. Their combination of electro, synth-funk, disco and African stylings was unlike anything I had heard before and although their latest Electricity isn’t as eye opening as it’s predecessor, it still makes for an enjoyable listen. With the group often settling for African regional dialects, it really lets me just get lost within the musics great grooves and danceable ... read more

MagnetoJenkins
75

Kinda knew what this would sound like. But it gets the job done. Non-stop electric rhythm.

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Added on: January 18, 2022