New Video: JOVM Mainstays Ibibio Sound Machine Releases Vividly Colored Visuals for Funky Album Single “Wanna Come Down”


I’ve written quite a bit about this site’s newest mainstay, the London-based act Ibibio Sound Machine over the past few months, and the act, which is fronted by Nigerian-born vocalist Eno Williams and features Alfred Kari Bannerman (guitar), Anselmo Netto (percussion), Jose Joyette (drums), Derrick McIntyre (bass), Tony Hayden (trombone, synth), Scott Baylis (trumpet, synth) and Max Grunhard (sax, synth) over the course of their first two albums — 2014’s self-titled debut and 2017’s Uyai — have received attention both nationally and internationally for a sound that’s influenced by golden era West African funk and disco and contemporary post-punk and electro pop.

Now, as you may recall, the London-based act’s third, full-length album Doko Mien is slated for a March 22, 2019 release through Merge Records, and the album which derives its name from the Ibibio phase that translates into English as “tell me,” reportedly finds the act crafting a sonic world of entrancing specificity and comforting universality, essentially blurring the lines separating cultures, between nature and technology, between joy and pain, between tradition and the future. Album title track  and first official single, “Doko Mien,” was centered around a glimmering, hook-driven club banger  featuring 80s synth funk meets disco-like beats, arpeggiated synths, African polyrhythm, a sinuous bass line and pizzicato guitar and an explosive horn arrangement. Sonically, the song strikes me as a wild, genre-bending amalgamation of I Feel For You-era Chaka Khan, Prince, Michael Jackson‘s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin‘,” Chicago house and Fela Kuti — and adding to the globalist vibes, Williams soulfully sings lyrics in both English and Ibibio, the Nigerian dialect from which the London-based act derives its name.

Doko Mien‘s second and latest single “Wanna Come Down” continues in a similar, club-banging vein as its predecessor as its centered around a rubbery, Bootsy Collins meets Flea bass line, an explosive horn line, arpeggiated synths and propulsive beats and Williams powerhouse vocals singing lyrics in her native Ibibio and English. Sonically, the song is a wild and seamless synthesis of 80s synth funk, Afrobeat and JOVM mainstays Escort — all while feeling like a sultry come on. In line with the track’s beckoning title, the band’s frontwoman Eno Williams says, “The Ibibio lyrics of the track are about the healing power of the river and the chorus. ‘Wanna come down, get ready ‘coz we’re gonna go’ is inviting people to come, dance and get involved with what’s going on.”

The recently released video employs the use of a bold and vivid color palette that includes reds, blues, white, yellows, purples and an array of other pastels, as well as split screens that feature each of the band’s musicians performing the funky club banger; but the heart of the song and the video is the band’s commanding frontowman.

The members of Ibibio Sound Machine are bringing their globalist, club-banging sound to a number of venues across the UK and the States, and the tour includes a handful of rescheduled North American dates including a July 25, 2019 stop at Brooklyn Bowl. Check out the rest of the tour dates below.

May 04 Leeds, UK – Live at Leeds
May 05 Leicester, UK – Handmade Festival
May 24 London, UK – All Points East Festival
Jul 12 Birmingham, UK – Mostly Jazz Festival
Jul 13 Reading, UK – Readipop Festival
Jul 18 Cheshire, UK – Bluedot Festival
Jul 25 New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
Jul 26 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
Jul 27 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (MRG30)
Jul 30 Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
Jul 31 Oakland, CA – The New Parish
Aug 1-3 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
Aug 7 Newquay, UK – Boardmasters Festival
Sep 28 Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Oct 01 Guildford, UK – Boileroom
Oct 05 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Oct 07 Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre
Oct 08 Newcastle, UK – Riverside
Oct 09 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
Oct 10 Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory
Oct 11 Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy 2
Oct 15 Cardiff, UK – Plas
Oct 16 Exeter, UK – Exeter Phoenix
Oct 17 Aldershot, UK – West End Centre
Oct 18 Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds