Bibio - "Feeling" (Singles Going Steady)

Bibio celebrates '70s classic R&B, borrowing from the era's greatest luminaries, Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield with his standout track.

Stephen Wyatt: Has Warp records ever released anything remotely mediocre? Bibio's Steven Wilkinson is no exception, celebrating '70s classic R&B and borrowing from the era's greatest luminaries, Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield with his standout track, "Feeling". Wilkinson blends the funk with the end-of-the-house-party mood, imploring his suppliant that "You shouldn't mess with the timing". And timing is everything as Bibio ensures that a good time should be had by all. [8/10]

Chad Miller: A fun, upbeat song that seems like a relative of the neo soul music Nao and the Paul brothers are bringing these days. The song succeeds most when the instruments are at the forefront such as the intro and the outro. It’s not that the vocal melodies aren’t interesting, they are. However, they’d benefit a lot from a stronger vocalist. For a song called “Feeling” it’s missing the passion that the genre so desperately needs. The instruments in the background don’t add much to the melody either. The fairly stagnant accompaniment does little to energize the midsection. It’s a little boring to be honest, but it gets its redeeming moment at the end. [5/10]

Ari Rosenschein: Wah wah wah. The wholesale raiding of Hall and Oates ‘70s catalog didn’t end with Foxygen. This drum track is so ahead of the beat it sounds like a kid dancing alone in a John Hughes movie. Truly, madly funky. The jog wheel drenched synth solo is a precious slice of Chick Corea noodling and gives me feelings. [7/10]

Dami Solebo: The song has a real chilled, slight funky quality. It's very endearing and the falsetto contributions from the singer work really well. [7/10]

Chris Pittaway: Somewhat reminiscent of the most recent Tame Impala LP, 'Feeling' is a spacey, trippy disco adventure. The track is carried for the most part by a smooth bass riff and a fun sax melody, though it evolves into something a little more electronic towards its climax, offsetting the washed-out and frankly uninspired vocals. [6/10]

SCORE: 6.66


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