The 11-track release, titled ‘BIB10’, took a dancefloor-primed approach, inspired by mid-to-late-20th century era studio techniques which strived to create smooth sounds from hardware such as synths, drum machine and electric guitars.
“I wanted this album to sound more polished and slick,” says Bibio. “But not ‘software perfect’. My influences for studio production mostly come from the 60s, 70s, and 80s where the craft was very different - getting a more polished sound, without ironing the humanity out of it, was part of the ethos.”
Styles merged into the richly textured and danceable record include disco, funk, bossa and samba.
On the topic of making a record aimed at the club, he added: “I think as ten is such a milestone album, I wanted it to be more of a party album. It also has its dreamy and melancholy moments, but there’s a lot of fun and playfulness in this album. I hope people get up and dance to some of these songs.”
DC-born, Berlin-based vocalist Olivier St. Louis features on two tracks, lending his compelling vocals to Bibio’s finely crafted production.
Olivier has been a big influence on me,” says Bibio. “I’ve been trying out things I haven’t done before and pushing myself as a vocalist. Singing doesn’t come as effortlessly to me, but I try to treat it like another instrument that I can develop and improve on, and I knuckled down on vocals on this album more than ever before.”
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