Newcomer: Ibibio Sound Machine

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Click to listenThis London-based eight-piece, fronted by British-Nigerian singer Eno Williams, have created the perfect dance storm with their music since the release of their self-titled debut. First started as a project in order to use Williams' mother's language - Ibibio from south-east Nigeria - ISM successfully deliver Nigerian folk tales set to some of the funkiest beats this side of disco's heyday.

The members of ISM provide a solid base of Afrobeat grooves, highlife guitar lines, a funky horn section and electronic dance beats around which Williams' folktales weave themselves. The album is full of stories, from the cunning tortoise to the proud peacock who struts his stuff.

Williams told Songlines last year, "the way storytelling happens in [Ibibio] culture it is like passing down history and messages, so it feels like that baton has been passed to me and I'm now putting those stories to song." And this rejuvenation of folktales required a fresh musical approach, which they have perfectly delivered here - storytelling that is sure to get your booty shaking.

Alexandra Petropoulos