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Ibibio Sound Machine - Uyai
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #156 / 712
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2017 Ratings: #216
March 3, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

What it sounds like is a band that has found its groove and knows how to run with it in any direction it pleases. Ibibio Sound Machine is now in full control of its sound, and it’s that knowledge that allows the group to truly let loose.

90
Exclaim!

Uyai builds on its predecessor's invigorating melange of highlife, disco, funk and electronica with even more assured musicality and social consciousness.

80
The Skinny

Eno Williams and crew up the ante on all fronts for Uyai; the percussion races forward while the arrangements are busier and more ambitious, each tune twisting and turning through rhythm changes and back-to-back riffs like a living thing.

80
Drowned in Sound

Their music, now as then, retains all the ebullient joy of their West African heritage and all the subversion of the London underground circles where their time is predominantly spent.

80
The Needle Drop

Ibibio Sound Machine's Uyai is the grand and adventurous Afro-Funk album I wanted their self-titled debut to be.

70
Clash

Largely ‘Uyai’ stands as a genre meshing oddity which, thanks to its pure groove and spirituality, will appeal to those who haunt the dance floor as well as their own dimly lit bedrooms.

70
AllMusic

Uyai is a fine, boundary-pushing follow-up to an arresting debut.

70
Pitchfork

Led by singer Eno Williams, Uyai becomes a wildly diverse mix of global sounds whose focus this time has turned to themes of liberation, power, and beauty—specifically that of women.

DiegoPaim01
68
Esperava mais deste disco, acho que a produção não dá conta do recado de apresentar tudo que este som tem a oferecer. Há muito Jazz e R&b no meio da pujência dessas batidas e percussões que levam o álbum adiante. A energia vibrante, dançante e colorida é muito bem arranjada, tem melodias agradáveis e uma performance vocal também notável. Dito isso, são músicas com um arranjo bem ... read more
itsyahboinoah
74
Woah this is like LCD Soundsystem meets afrobeat music lol
SeaBass
87
Dance. It’s fun, energetic and incessant in rhythm. With this album I’m in constant motion, with it traveling up and down my body, physical movement everywhere.

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Atlas
80
Undeniably one of the most ambitious and sonically rich records of the year. I'm in love.
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Track List

  1. Give Me a Reason
  2. The Chant (Iquo Isang)
  3. One That Lights Up (Andi Domo Ikang Uwem Mi)
  4. The Pot Is On Fire
  5. Quiet
  6. Joy (Idaresit)
  7. Power Of 3
  8. Lullaby
  9. Guide You (Edu Kpeme)
  10. Sunray (Eyio)
  11. Cry (Eyed)
  12. Trance Dance
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Added on: December 12, 2016