Song of the Day: Bibio – Take Off Your Shirt

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is “Take Off Your Shirt” by Bibio from the 2011 album Mind Bokeh on Warp.

Bibio – Take Off Your Shirt (MP3)

Bibio (a.k.a. Stephen Wilkinson) is an English producer known mostly for his experimental and innovative music. Mind Bokeh, Bibio’s sixth studio album, is described by Wilkinson himself as “a balance of the familiar and non familiar,” and that’s a pretty fair comparison. While it’s certainly an interesting change in tone from his previous folk-inspired album, Ambivalence Avenue, it’s also refreshing that Bibio is willing to experiment with new things. The result is a wonderfully catchy album worthy of a listen. Our featured track is a guitar-heavy Thin Lizzy-esque electronic riff; heavily influenced by Daft Punk and classic 70’s rock.

You can find out more about Bibio on his label’s website or connect with the band on Facebook page. In the meantime, enjoy this video for the single “Excuses” taken from their latest album Mind Bokeh:

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  1. wellpop
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    I used to think that Bibio was IDM but after reading this article here:
    and after seeing this song, I’m not so sure anymore…

  2. personal cheeses
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 4:47 am | Permalink


    while i’ll be the first to confess that i don’t know my genres (and therefor wouldn’t know how to attribute them, let alone argue them one way or another), what i take away from that article is that audiences are responsible for the genre-making, at least insofar as they are keen to ask, nay require musicians to proclaim one genre or another, simply so that the audience can then retreat back to their conversations arguing about whether or not the musician is “correct” about the genre they say they belong to; whether they’re fulfilling their duty, as it were, to be purveyors of their “chosen” genre.
    the audience, in this case, may be limited to the “nerds” that the article mentions, generally anyone who feels compelled required to apply a given genre to a given artist struggling on a song-by-song basis as a musician, who is human and free, flexes the constraints of that genre by … well, by being a musician, by expressing something through music.

    i think the point is that whether someone, Bibio, anyone, is considered IDM, or not, is entirely up to you, if it’s important to you.
    personally — and all i wanted to briefly address here was what seemed to be your concern over your own ambiguity — i wonder what’s wrong with not being “so sure anymore…” :) it’s okay. be unsure a little bit. join the club :)

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