Pull the Rope (Vinyl LP)

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One of the single most thrilling acts set to play WOMAD this weekend is the always surprising Ibibio Sound Machine, fronted by Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams with band-leader Max Grunhard and his band of electric eclectics. New album Pull The Rope arrives this May, but our sources tell us it's purpose built to dominate the dance floor. Recent single Got To Be Who U Are is a throwback electronic classic, taking inspiration from 90s UK club sounds, but updated with the inimitable Ibibio funk. We're watching for this one like greedy little hawks. - Flying Out

The new record by Ibibio Sound Machine, casts the Eno Williams and Max Grunhard–led outfit in a new light. The hope, joy, and sexiness of their music remain, but, further honing the edge of their acclaimed 2022 album Electricity, the connection they aim to foster has shifted venues from the sunny buoyancy of a sunlit festival to a sweat-soaked, all-night dance club.

Williams and Grunhard attribute this shift to a matter of collaborators, recording Pull the Rope with Sheffield-based producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A.) over the course of two weeks. The way the pair wrote songs changed significantly rather than Eno penning lyrics to music generated by Max and company’s jamming, Orton started with Eno and Max writing together before adding the band. With less time in the studio and a new way of considering how they built songs, the duo found making decisions about Pull the Rope’s sound quicker and more instinctual than before.


1. Pull the Rope
2. Got to Be Who U Are
3. Fire
4. Them Say
5. Political Incorrect
6. Mama Say
7. Let My Yes Be Yes
8. Touch the Ceiling
9. Far Away
10. Dance in the Rain

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