Ibifornia

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Ibifornia
Studio album by Cassius
Released 26 August 2016 (2016-08-26)
Genre Electronic
Label Warner Music
Ed Banger Records
Cassius chronology
15 Again
(2006)15 Again2006
Ibifornia
(2016)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.6/10[2]
Metacritic65/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Clash5/10[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
The Irish Times3/5 stars[6]
Loud and Quiet3/10[7]
Mixmag8/10[8]
The Observer3/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork5.9/10[10]
Popmatters5/10 stars[11]
Record Collector3/5 stars[12]

Ibifornia is the fourth studio album by French electronic duo Cassius. It was released on 26 August 2016.

Composition[edit]

There is this theory about the tonality of songs – that it's easiest to make a sad song, because working with minor chord is easier. That’s why techno is so depressing. So our challenge was to make fun electronic music without making it cheesy.

— Cassius on the bright and joyful feel of Ibifornia[13]

Cassius were inspired to produce an album with a bright, happy tone by their experiences of listening to the Bob Marley & the Wailers album Exodus (1977).[13] Their intention with Ibifornia was to create a "fun electronic music without making it cheesy," due to the abundance of dark and depressing electronic dance music popular at the time.[13] In coming up with a cheerful vibe for the LP, they decided that it would take place in a fantasy utopia land named Ibifornia.[13]

Cassius and the press release categorized the style of Ibifornia as a hybrid of funk, house, soul, afrobeat, synthpop, psychedelia, hip-hop, gospel and disco.[13][14]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."The Missing" 
2."Love Parade" 
3."Action" 
4."Go Up" 
5."Ibifornia" 
6."Hey You!" 
7."Feel like Me" 
8."Blue Jean Smile" 
9."The Sound of Love" 
10."Ponce" 

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 44
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 39
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 59
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 159

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  2. ^ "Ibifornia by Cassius reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ Jeffries, David. "AllMusic Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  4. ^ Wasserman, Milo (19 July 2016). "Cassius – Ibifornia". Clash. Music Republic Ltd. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (25 August 2016). "Cassius: Ibifornia review – funky pop, sunshine and cliches". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ Carroll, Jim (23 June 2016). "Cassius – Ibifornia album review: house grooves with excitement and euphoria". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ Walton, Sam (June 2016). "Cassius, 'Ibifornia' – Album review". Loud and Quiet. Archived from the original on 22 June 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  8. ^ "June: 18 albums you need to hear this month". Mixmag. Development Hell Ltd. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  9. ^ Empire, Kitty (26 June 2016). "Cassius: Ibifornia review – squelchy tunes pack summer sunshine". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  10. ^ Sherburne, Phillip (26 August 2016). "Cassius: Ibifornia Album Review". Pitchfork. Conde Nast. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. ^ Carr, Paul (26 October 2016). "Cassius: Ibifornia". Popmatters. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  12. ^ Goldsmith, Mike. "Cassius – Ibifornia". Record Collector. Metropolis International. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e Halls, Eleanor (22 August 2016). "Finally, electronic music that will actually make you want to dance". GQ. Condé Nast. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  14. ^ Adams, Gregory (20 May 2016). "Cassius "Ibifornia"". Exclaim!. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Cassius – Ibifornia" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Cassius – Ibifornia" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 35, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Cassius – Ibifornia". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  19. ^ Chart Log UK: "CLUK Update 3.09.2016 (wk35)". UK Albums Chart. Zobbel.de. Retrieved 18 September 2016.