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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B004IMDCJC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Mind Bokeh is the mindblowing, genre-hopping kaleidoscope new album from British multi-instrumentalist Bibio (aka Stephen Wilkinson), brimming with neon beats, infectious hooks and brooding melancholy. It's hard to believe it's all from the mind (and hands) of one man.

It follows the more organic, pastoral Ambivalence Avenue, his first album on War which garnered incredible worldwide praise. Recently, Lover's Carvings, a track from Ambivalence Avenue, soundtracked the Kindle ad.

The first pressing of the CD features changeable artwork and a die cut window wallet.

BBC Review

It’s common practice in electronic music to record under myriad aliases; the likes of Aphex Twin, Carl Craig and Tom Middleton all boasting more disguises than the MI6 dressing-up box. The reasoning being less about making the trainspotters put the work in; more to prevent records being pigeonholed before they’ve even been taken out of the sleeve.

However, when it comes to confounding preconceptions Bibio has taken the opposite approach. For it’s in this single guise that Wolverhampton-born producer Stephen Wilkinson has recorded a series of albums which make most producer’s progression look as unpredictably maverick as Liam Gallagher going from Oasis to Beady Eye. From the instrumental folktronica of early albums like Hand Cranked through to the sunny synth-pop and digital soul of 2009’s Warp debut Ambivalence Avenue – which also showcased Wilkinson’s falsetto croon – Bibio’s only trademark is that you have absolutely no idea what his records will sound like before playing them.

So although Mind Bokeh can be expected to be a wilfully eclectic pick’n’mix affair, what he’s actually going to pull out the bag can still surprise. For if Bibio’s albums to date could be the output of five different bands, on his sixth LP that could be said of almost every track. Opener Excuses has an ambient intro subsequently ruptured by DJ Shadow-style beats and Wilkinson’s voice; More Excuses could be Metronomy jamming with J Dilla; and Light Seep proclaims his love for both Crosby, Stills and Nash and psychedelic synths.

It’s hardly coherent stuff – the jump between Artists’ Valley’s melancholy electronic coda and K Is for Kelson’s jubilant African highlife being particularly wide – but there’s rarely the sense that Bibio is simply taping disparate parts together; instead, he’s folding sounds in on themselves, like aural origami. That dexterity is particularly apparent on the closing Saint Christopher, where a lissom guitar is refracted through muted hi-hats and electronic glitches. It might be less hyperactive than much of the rest of Mind Bokeh, but still displays the same inventive imagination that Bibio has thankfully applied to dreaming up new musical permutations rather than pseudonyms.

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Format: Audio CD
Ok, so this is Bibios 5th album, 2nd on Warp Records. I have been following him since the start and wow how his style has changed, but some how stayed the same over the 6 years!

This album to me has a sound of 70's American sitcom with a early 90's urban feel with a nod to 80's syfy movies too!

Best tracks on this album are 'Excuses, Anything New, Wake Up!, K is for Kelson(!),More Excuses and Feminine Eye' the other tracks (to me) just seem to be missing something and seem to be dragged out too long in MHO, thats my reason for giving it 4* not 5*.

The tracks I have on repeat are 'Anything New' and 'K is for Kelson' they are Winning for me!

Over all a brilliant album but as I have said some tracks seem to go nowhere after the 3 min mark.

But do buy the album, you will not be disappointed!

PS: Thank you BoC for helping this guy out with his first album 'Fi', he is now miles ahead of you guys! Get it together! just a rant...
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If you are an existing fan of Bibio this is a must have, again packed full of creativity and ideas, I can't stop listening to this - a classic must buy!
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Like an Amazon woman walking out of an oasis holding the finest satchel of coconut milk to refresh the soul.... this is mind bokeh
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Very good, melodic, interesting, different peaceful music.
If your looking for something original Bibio is well worth a try.
Mind Bokeh is probably his best album.
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Bibio is a terrific artist, but this album is trying just a little too hard to be the excellent Ambivalence Avenue. It seems as if the whole piece has been constructed to an Ambivalence blueprint. I can only describe it as a sort of 'tribute act' album. I expected more and felt a little disappointed. Bibio's sound has changed so much over his previous albums (for the better) and this doesn't represent forward progression, just a small step back or a side step at best.
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