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BIBIO – A MINERAL LOVE

BibioOver seven albums and eleven years, Stephen Wilkinson has expanded his Technicolor palette of sound with a prolific officiousness. With A Mineral Love, there is a sense that the shoots that started to protrude with his switch to Warp records in 2009 are finally blossoming into a hugely impressive paradox. There are some gorgeously structured songs here, with the likes of Town & Country and Feeling incorporating a delicious funk sensibility into the folk and electronica-anchored sound that Wilkinson has cultivated over his career. Slinking grooves and a soft, lo-fi accent are a feature throughout A Mineral Love, but the album’s real strength lies in its ability to weave such a variety of intricate features into a methodically crafted body of work. The result is a convoluted but accessible record that is perhaps Wilkinson’s best to date.

Rating: 77%

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