ALBUM REVIEW: Ibibio Sound Machine – Pull The Rope | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 03.05.24






Pull The Rope captures the essence of Ibibio Sound Machine, but with a more crafted, mature sound. Empowering and uplifting, their trademark infectious Afrobeat-fused electro pop is laden with rhythmic intricacies, hooks and riffs.

There is the observational Political Incorrect, an insight into anti-social media and its effect on human interactions. Then, there are songs which advocate female empowerment and self-worth, such as the groove-laden Got To Be Who U Are, complete with futuristic synths.

Stand out tracks Pull The Rope and Fire both have a repetitive simplicity in their tribal chant, edgy and funky. Fire is hypnotic, its rhythms pulsing forwards, calling you to the dancefloor. Pull The Rope is an astute record to move your feet to.


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