Take Off Your Shirt
Label: Warp Records
Bibio's early records flitted between electro-acoustic ambient jams and finger-picked tributes to John Fahey; moving to Warp, he introduced swaggering hip-hop beats, squelchy funk synthesizers and occasional vocals without ever losing his pastoral vibe and gossamer detailing. Mind Bokeh, his best yet, has all that and more. Steely Dan, Nick Drake, J Dilla, Brian Eno, Stereolab, Jim O'Rourke at his sunniest: it all finds its way in. But it all makes sense, bound by Bibio's bright-eyed curiosity and his brilliant sonics, so crystalline they could soundtrack a Lenscrafters ad.