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Bonobo Talks Cultural Diaspora, Canadian Connections and Finding Home on 'Migration' | Exclaim! | January 12 2017 |

Bonobo Talks Cultural Diaspora, Canadian Connections and Finding Home on 'Migration' | Exclaim! | January 12 2017 | | Bonobo | Scoop.it
To say that Bonobo's new album Migration is highly anticipated might be putting it lightly — it's been almost four years since his stunning album The North Borders hit shelves. Throughout his 18-year career, Bonobo (a.k.a. Simon Green) has brought together the varying styles of jazz, folk, house, trip-hop and world music, always with a wistful elegance, and his latest record follows suit. Only this time, it has a central question: What constitutes "home"? 

"There's a lot of emigration with people these days," Green explains to Exclaim! "So, [Migration] is based around that idea of the movement of people, how you can all be connected by various points and have these loose connections from around the globe. It comes down to that whole idea — just the effect that people have on their spaces and how people take their culture, travel with it, and then plant it elsewhere."

For Bonobo and immigrants around the globe, it raises questions: Is home simply where you lay your head? Is it where you've been for a certain length of time? Will it always be where you came from?

"That was the thing about getting here to L.A. — this is where I live, this is where my house is, this is where my home is, but then I go 'home' to London, where I don't really have a solid root anymore, so which one is it?"

As a self-confessed nomad too, the ambiguity of home is doubly hard to define for Bonobo. Between this latest record and his previous one, he was a veritable vagrant. He travelled from sold-out Australian tours to 10-day breathers in the Cambodian jungle and then back to a slew of DJ sets in Asia. This went on for over two years, throughout which he never had a solid place of residence.

With all that travelling, it makes sense then that a lot of the tracks have roots in different parts of the world. "Kerala" is a nod to the South Indian state, "Bambro Koyo Ganda" has its Moroccan origins and there's even a track called "Ontario" on the album — although before anyone swells with Canadian pride, the connection is a tenuous one.

"It would be nice to say that the track is an ode to the beautiful province of Ontario," says Green, "but it's probably just because I was either flying over it or sat in a hotel there at the time when that song came about."

Bonobo may not have been so floored by Ontario that he needed to eternalize it in song, but his connection to Canada runs deep nonetheless. "I feel like Canada's almost a second home at this point," says Green. "Out on the West Coast, I learned to snowboard in Whistler, and I've been to festivals in British Columbia, and played in Toronto so many times I can't remember each one. Montreal too, is just one of my favourite cities on earth. I've played in Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon..."

Talking to Bonobo is almost like a geography lesson. The world at large seems to be as much a part of his music as the equipment he records on. Occasionally, it's quite literally part of the music. 

"That whole period where I wasn't living anywhere, I just started recording things all around me: on the streets in New Orleans, or Hong Kong, anywhere that had an interesting sound," Green explains. "There's even bits of audio from strangers I've met in bars who just sung into the phone."

As always, Bonobo has a bunch of perfectly chosen collaborators complementing his largely instrumental tracks. Among the roster for Migration are Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters, singer-songwriter Nick Murphy (f.k.a. Chet Faker) and the androgynous vocals of Michael Milosh, the Canadian half of downtempo soul duo Rhye. Perhaps most interesting though, is New York group Innov Gnawa, who add North African flair to the album.

"The style is called gnawa," Green explains. "It's traditional Moroccan party music, really. The band I recorded on that was four people: so, you get one dude doing the main vocals and sintir [a.k.a. the guembri or hejhouj], which is a funky two-string bass, and the rest of them are chanting and clapping. So it's kind of like a call-and-response thing.

"There's been dialogues [between] dance music and African music for a few years now, and I think that the beat I made had a very loose, wonky, almost boogie tempo. I thought that it really needed something — it didn't need a full vocal but it needed something to push it along. I had been listening to a lot of gnawa stuff and just realizing how bloody funky it was."

As Moroccans in the U.S., Innov Gnawa fit snugly into Migration's overarching theme of cultural diaspora. And after chatting with an old friend back in London from his new home base of L.A., Green came to realize just how many of his pals ended up in different corners of the earth.

Yet his musical connections and travels came together to form a reflection of the person he's become. By recording his own experiences, Bonobo has taken the impersonality of instrumental music and made it personal. From the field recordings to the geographical references and musings on the concept of home, Migration is about as Simon Green as an album is likely to get.

"Why not just make a collage of your life?" he ponders. "Why not put a bit of yourself in there, a bit of the real world? Then you can listen back to the record in a sort of diary format, where different sounds trigger different memories. A lot of music is like a diary for me. I listen to records I made years ago and it takes me back to that time, so why not actually put a bit of the life that you're living at the time into the music?"
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Bonobo on his new album Migration, living in LA, and observing Britain from the outside | Independent | 10 January 2017 |

Bonobo on his new album Migration, living in LA, and observing Britain from the outside | Independent | 10 January 2017 | | Bonobo | Scoop.it
Simon Green – Bonobo – is fighting off a cold at his home in LA ahead of a tour supporting his sixth album, Migration.

He’s been living there for two years, and still isn’t sure what it is that appeals to such a large number of British artists who have upped sticks and moved across the pond.

“There are so many people here,” the 40-year-old says. “Jon Hopkins’ house is on the same hill as me.”

He reveals that Hopkins is the piano player on Migration’s title track: “He’s been in the same position as I have, we both moved to LA and were on our own making music, living this parallel existence on the other side of the hill.

“So we were hanging out and I was playing him ideas... I created all the little loops that it starts with – they’re all randomly generated – and set them at random and had Jon improvise.

“And that was the idea… to have the pianist improvising to this algorithm. We did about three takes from start to finish and kept it as it was.”

Green feels as though LA boasts more of a creative community than a city like New York. He moved there after spending almost three years on the road, which included an epic 18-month tour for his The North Borders album, and describes it as a haven in comparison to New York, which he found fairly stifling for creativity.

“It’s a great city, but you can’t really afford to make mistakes there, and I wasn’t engaging with the city as much. It feels like there are more reasons to be here [in LA], not just musical ones, for the soul as well. There’s a good vibe here at the minute, it’s having a moment.”

California’s otherworldly landscapes feature in the artwork for the singles on Migration – which is the follow-up to 2013's acclaimed The North Borders.

Designed by Neil Krug (Lana Del Rey, Boards of Canada), the artwork visualises a carefully considered, almost sinister sparseness in Bonobo’s music and the solitary nature of his solo work, much like his contemporary Hopkins.

Green is fascinated by the landscapes of Death Valley, “because it’s so alien compared to where I’m from.

“From being in the UK… well all the places I’ve lived have had quite lush landscapes. And this is Martian… I’m trying to get amongst it as much as I can.”

That sense of nature is present in Green’s music; the sounds he uses tend to come from acoustic sources and he steers clear of digitally created noise, preferring to craft his own sounds to add a human warmth.

“It’s sort of montage, what I do,” he explains, “it’s taking bits of sound and re-contextualising it and putting things together from two different places and seeing how they fit together. So you end up with this patchwork of stuff that I’ve recorded.”

Green’s background is hip hop, and he discovered jazz by searching through those songs and learning what the artists were sampling.

Those influences seem to have come full circle for his latest work – Migration features less of the explicit jazz influences heard on his first three albums, but continues that “cut-and-paste” sample culture.

“I think it was a time and a place with the jazz thing in the early 2000s – back when I started there was more of a fusion of loop-based dance music with jazz influences, which is still a thing... but I don’t know if it’s where my head is at right now. I’m always trying to find new things that I haven’t done before.”

Migration’s first single “Kerala” looks at the lead theme through bird patterns. Arriving on the Indian state via a Wikipedia tunnel, Green learned how a clear sign of winter in the northern hemisphere is the abrupt arrival of thousands of birds from Siberia, Mongolia and other areas north of the Himalayas.

“I was keeping a thread of migration themes, and there are a lot of migratory birds that will head to Kerala, so I thought that’d be a nice point on the album,” he says.

The song, which has a video starring Gemma Arterton, was put together as Green moved through the US, and explores that idea of travelling to other lands with its stop-and-start beats, evoking the sense of pausing for rest before continuing the journey.

Green has spoken before about the difference between American and European electronic music; how EDM is “being slapped in the face and told when a dynamic shift is happening... ‘here’s the build, here’s the drop’”.

Taking the opposite approach, of exploring different samples and manipulating them gradually as the song evolves, is best-summarised in “Outlier”.

It’s one of the standout tracks on the record: crunching beats at the intro are laid beneath woozy synths as, over almost eight minutes, the song builds and builds in tension then releases to an exquisite lull.

“I definitely come from that background of the more subtle shifts, the long build… rather than the quick short-attention span dynamic,” Green says.

“That’s why I named it ‘Outlier’ after the residency I had in New York, the festival. I felt like that tied it in the most. It represented the whole vibe of what that was supposed to be about.” 

Green’s DJ set has progressed over the years to the point where he can do two six-hour sets “pretty much back-to-back”.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do these sets 10 years ago,” he says. “I needed the bulk of the music, the knowledge... I needed to acquire the skills to do that. My approach to DJ sets has changed quite a lot really.” 

Technology over that time-span has changed too. The main thing with Migration, Green says, was the mobility of it, of being able to make the bulk of it on a laptop. Starting out 10 years ago, he was confined to one room. Now he can produce music during a flight, in a hotel room... and that was a big turning point.

“If I’ve been out on tour all week, three days without sleep, sitting in an airport terminal at 7am with the club still ringing in your ear… that headspace is a valuable place to be in,” he says. “It may not be the most comfortable space, but I feel like that ability to make music on the road is what happened. 

“I felt like I had a genuine learning curve on this record, diving into aspects of production that I’d not really understood before. I had a lot of people coming through the studio as well, which is the other thing about LA, there’s this exchange of ideas which I hadn’t had for a while. We were just messing around and trying to learn some stuff.”

Green is coming to the UK to rehearse the live set before heading to Germany for the first date on the tour, “which is great, because it hasn’t been restricted by all these ridiculous government blocks. It’s very free out there”. 

He finds it strange to observe events taking place in Britain – a lot has taken place in the years that he’s been away.

“Fabric, Brexit... it’s hard to get a proper perspective and I feel a sort of guilt, like I should be standing there with my people,” he says. “I was back at the Hydra a few weeks ago and that still felt like a proper rave though. The will to still go out is there, and that’s important.”
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"I just carried on being on tour forever" - Bonobo on his wanderlust, Live from Manchester International Festival, Radcliffe and Maconie - BBC Radio 6 Music | 4 July 2017 |

"I just carried on being on tour forever" - Bonobo on his wanderlust, Live from Manchester International Festival, Radcliffe and Maconie - BBC Radio 6 Music | 4 July 2017 | | Bonobo | Scoop.it

"I just carried on being on tour forever" - Bonobo on his wanderlust


His new album is called Migration, and Bonobo wrote much of it while living between two places. He tells Stuart and Mark about his nomadic lifestyle and the influence of other nations' music on his work.


Plus, what are the acoustic challenges of performing in Manchester Cathedral, as part of the Manchester International Festival? What will the backstage facilities be like?

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Mixmag - March 2016 - Selects: Bonobo

Mixmag - March 2016 - Selects: Bonobo | Bonobo | Scoop.it
The North Borders' was one of 2013's biggest and brightest albums and since its release, UK producer Bonobo has been riding a well-deserved wave of success. He's been touring non-stop with his visually-stunning live show alongside a sprinkling of DJ sets so to say that Simon Green's been busy is an understatement. His latest project however is an international party series called Outlier and he'll be inviting some of his favourite DJs to spin at different venues around the world. He'll be heading to Berlin and Paris with the showcase but it's the London party that's got us really excited. With an personally curated line-up that brings both heavy-hitters and fresh talent to the fold, dancers can look forward to performances from Maya Jane Coles, Trevino, George Fitzgerald, Special Request, Gilles Peterson and Lapalux at Tobacco Dock on March 12. To celebrate what's sure to be a unique and eclectic day of music, Bonobo has put his curation hat back on and compiled the best tracks from the artists playing at Outlier. We've been listening to this in the office and it includes some absolute pearlers. Cuts from Lone, Dauwd and Romare should get you suitably excited for the event so get those headphones on and lose yourself in Bonobo's vision.
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DIY Mag - Jan 2016 - Bonobo promises a new album in 2016

DIY Mag - Jan 2016 - Bonobo promises a new album in 2016 | Bonobo | Scoop.it

‘Tis the season. No, not that one - the one where everyone reveals that they’re coming back this year. The latest exciting addition? Bonobo, who’s promising a new album in 2016. In a succinct-as-you-like tweet in the early hours of January 1st, Simon Green stated that there’s a “New album coming in 2016”. That’s it, but it’s enough to get giddy about, no? It’s be the first full-length follow-up to 2013’s ‘The North Borders’ - which saw Green embark on a massive world tour - and the first new material since 2014’s ‘Flashlight’ EP.

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303 Magazine - Oct 2016 – Bonobo Brought World Class Production to Beta

303 Magazine - Oct 2016 – Bonobo Brought World Class Production to Beta | Bonobo | Scoop.it

Legendary UK producer, musician and DJ Bonobo returned to Denver Thursday night, October 6, 2016. He played at Beta Nightclub’s Future Thursdays, which showcases electronic music that goes beyond a single genre. Bonobo was the perfect poster child for this theme, as he can transcend genres and create a signature sound of his own. He tours both with a full band and just as a DJ, and decided to bring the later to Beta on this chilly Thursday evening in the 303. Playing at Beta allowed this world class artist the opportunity to take advantage of Beta’s funktion one speakers. These speakers provide listeners with a refined speaker system that amplifies the sound behind electronic production and almost makes bass sound healthy. It overflowed one’s core with a fluidity of sound to make the best music even better.

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NME - Jan 2016 - Bonobo reveals plans to release sixth album in 2016

NME - Jan 2016 - Bonobo reveals plans to release sixth album in 2016 | Bonobo | Scoop.it
Brighton electronic artist Bonobo – Simon Green – has promised a recorded return in 2016, with a new album. 
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Pollstar - April 2016 - Here Comes Bonobo | Pollstar

Pollstar - April 2016 - Here Comes Bonobo | Pollstar | Bonobo | Scoop.it
Bonobo, otherwise known as Simon Green, announces sixth album and lays down an April-May trek across North America.  Destinations for the British producer/DJ/musician include Toronto, Boston, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis and Vancouver.
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Billboard - March 2015 - Bonobo Announces New Album 'Migration,' Releases 'Kerala' Video: Watch

Billboard - March 2015 - Bonobo Announces New Album 'Migration,' Releases 'Kerala' Video: Watch | Bonobo | Scoop.it
Bonobo has unveiled his plans for 2017, where the British producer will release his long-awaited follow-up album Migration, just three years removed from his 2013 studio effort The North Borders. Not only were fans gifted with the announcement of a full-length project today (Nov. 3), Bonobo dropped his 2017 tour dates in support of his forthcoming project and also released the accompanying visual to the album's first single "Kerala". Nature and the euphoric feeling it evokes are often central themes behind Bonobo's past projects Black Sands and The North Borders and his upcoming album Migration, (out January 13th via. Ninja Tune) carries on the euphoric theme. "The study of people and spaces", Simon Green, the man behind the moniker Bonobo says of the album. "It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve.”
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Metro - November 2016 - #NewMusicFriday: Laura Mvula, Bonobo, Dua Lipa, Tigercub, Emay, RXC and more

Metro - November 2016 - #NewMusicFriday: Laura Mvula, Bonobo, Dua Lipa, Tigercub, Emay, RXC and more | Bonobo | Scoop.it
Bonobo (real name Simon) is always as fun to listen to as his name is to say. Over and over again, in both cases. The man pretty much owned the electronica world off the back his last album The North Borders, entering the Top 30 in the UK album chart and holding the numero uno spot on electronic charts in both the US and UK for a ruddy long time. Having freshly announced a new album due out in January, Migration, Bonobo reflects on life’s ups and downs. New single Kerela neatly picks up where The North Borders left off. For hardcore fans, that means wind-chimes samples and plenty of them. Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/11/now-new-next-bonobo-dua-lipa-tigercub-and-more-6247317/#ixzz4S375Vgli
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Flying Lotus, Rustie, and More Rework Star Wars Themes l xlr8r l 9 Feb 2016

Flying Lotus, Rustie, and More Rework Star Wars Themes l xlr8r l 9 Feb 2016 | Bonobo | Scoop.it

With all the delirious hype around 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you'd be forgiven for not wanting to hear anything about the infamous series for several years. However,Resident Advisor is reporting that a compilation of Star Wars-inspired electronic tracks is due to land later this month. Mega-producer Rick Rubin (whose fingerprints are all over music from the likes of the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jay Z) has curated Star Wars Headspace: a collection of 15 tracks that sample audio from the Star Wars films. Notable artists to contribute works include Flying Lotus with "R2 Where R U?" and Rustie with "EWOK PUMPP," plus Shlohmo, Baauer, Bonobo, Claude VonStroke, and Röyksopp.

Before the compilation drops via the Hollywood label on February 19, stream a handful of tracks (and hear what FlyLo had to say about the project to radio host Zane Lowe) here via Pitchfork.

01. Kaskade - C-3P0's Plight
02. GTA - Help Me!
03. TroyBoi - Force
04. Baauer - Cantina Boys
05. Shag Kava - Jabba Flow (Rick Rubin Re-Work) feat. A-Trak
06. Claude VonStroke - R2 Knows feat. Barry Drift
07. Rick Rubin - NR-G7
08. Bonobo - Ghomrassen
09. Röyksopp - Bounty Hunters
10. ATTLAS - Sunset Over Manaan
11. Flying Lotus - R2 Where R U?
12. Shlohmo - Druid Caravan of Smoke
13. Rustie - EWOK PUMPP
14. Galantis - Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder
15. Breakbot - Star Tripper

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Boomtown Interview: Bonobo

Cutting Edge's Annelies Houtman talked to Simon Green of Bonobo, at the Boomtown festival.

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Bonobo Interview - Virgin Mobile House SXSW 2013 with Abbey Braden

Bonobo's new album "The North Border" hits stores April 1st! www.bonobomusic.com

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Sole vision: Bonobo has quietly become the biggest act in dance music today | Mixmag | 7 February 2017 |

Sole vision: Bonobo has quietly become the biggest act in dance music today | Mixmag | 7 February 2017 | | Bonobo | Scoop.it

Bonobo fans are wild. It’s only just after midnight, an hour into the six-hour DJ set that Si Green is playing to announce his new album ‘Migration’, and the large London warehouse basement space is already thronged with a vibed-up, diverse crowd – most of whom could still have been at primary school when Green started releasing records in 1999.


They’re milling around, drinking, dancing in groups, just like any other club or party – but in front of the low stage where the decks are is a different story. There, they’re packed in tight, facing forward, three or more deep, nodding away and lapping up every detail of every tune, but when the chimes of Bonobo’s 2013 track ‘Cirrus’ fade into the slo-mo house and disco he’s been playing, they go apeshit. Proper apeshit, too: punching the air, singing along to the instrumental melodies like their lives depend on it, only just stopping short of forming a moshpit.


It’s not what you’d expect for an act generally filed as down-tempo or chillout music, but then Bonobo occupies a unique position in the musical ecosystem. Independent of any hip or hyped musical movements, Si Green has built up a career that has made Bonobo the band a huge live draw – conquering the USA and able to headline the Alexandra Palace in London – and made his own DJ sets as hot a ticket as any house or techno big gun. Online DJ sets clock up views in the millions, with a huge community of fans poring over every detail of the tracklist; one play from him can be enough to break a new artist. His albums are now event releases, and – along with the likes of Amon Tobin and The Cinematic Orchestra – are part of what has made the Ninja Tune such an important player in 21st century music.

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Bonobo lights up the crowd at Bristol Sounds 2017 | Bristol Post | 22 June 2017 |

Bonobo lights up the crowd at Bristol Sounds 2017 | Bristol Post | 22 June 2017 | | Bonobo | Scoop.it
Bristol’s Harbourside will be home to four huge gigs this week – and if the first of said gigs is anything to go by, the remaining artists have an incredibly tough act to follow.

Brighton-born producer Bonobo played to a packed crowd at the Lloyds Amphitheatre on Wednesday and for anyone in the crowd who was, like me, travelling to Glastonbury Festival 2017 the next day, it was the perfect way to start an incredible festival weekend.

However, it’s fair to assume the majority of people in the massive crowd are not in possession of a ticket to Worthy Farm and so for them, Bonobo’s set will surely rank as one of their summer highlights – if not one of their favourite moments of the year. Because the multi-talented DJ and producer’s set was simply magnificent.

As someone who’s never had the chance to see Bonobo live before, it’s hard to imagine how his albums (stunning though they may be) might translate into captivating live performances. But the minute he walked on stage to an ethereal, beautiful rendition of Migration, I knew I was going to be in for a spectacular evening – and I wasn’t wrong.

Songs which might sound minimal and simple when played through tinny iPhone speakers, as is so often the case for Bonobo’s tracks, were transformed into stunning pieces of music when he took to the stage at the Lloyds Amphitheatre and I just couldn’t get enough. Each track flowed seamlessly from one smooth beat to another and big hits such as First Fires and Cirrus were just magical.

Bonobo was strongly rumoured to be appearing at this year’s Glastonbury and on the back of his Harbourside showing, the Eavis’ must be kicking themselves over whatever went wrong in that discussion. It’s easy to imagine Bonobo and his stunning music slotting right into a slot on any major Glasto stage and it can only be a matter of time before that surely happens again.

His show at Bristol Sounds was the perfect way to start a cracking weekend of music here in the city and my only gripe is with the organisation of the event itself. Drinks prices were fairly steep, with a pint of humble Thatchers Gold coming in at an eye-watering £5, and queues for the bars were long to say the least. Organisation needs to improve and we can only hope Crosstown Concerts, the show’s organisers, learn ahead of the second Downs Festival in September.

However, organisation aside, tonight’s gig will go down as one of the best shows I’ve seen for a long time. I might be setting off to Glastonbury just hours after Bonobo’s set ended, but it will take something magnificent to top what I saw at the Harbourside this evening.

RATING: 4.5/5 (only reason it did not score 5 was because of the show’s organisation)
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Bonobo's 'Bambro Koyo Ganda' Goes Analog With Moroccan Musicians | NPR Music | 7 June 2017 |

Bonobo's 'Bambro Koyo Ganda' Goes Analog With Moroccan Musicians | NPR Music | 7 June 2017 | | Bonobo | Scoop.it
The original version of "Bambro Koyo Ganda" — which rests halfway through Bonobo's most recent album, Migration — is exactly the kind of track that's made the British-born, Los Angeles-based producer (real name: Simon Green) a favorite of the heady, downbeat electronic scene. Though a nicely insistent, bass-heavy kick drum sporadically dominates the space, "Bambro" makes clear that nightclubbing is not its intention. Instead, the foreground is taken up by layers of Green's synths and gorgeous string arrangements and, most of all, by the singing and percussion of Innov Gnawa, a sextet of Moroccan musicians who live in New York. Yet the tables turn on this glorious "Analog Version" of the song: Innov's gnawa music appears front and center — and the cross-cultural friction is electric. 

Currently experiencing a level of international popularity, gnawa is music with a long history of attracting famous Westerners, from the writer Paul Bowles (who included it on his landmark Library of Congress compilation Music Of Morocco), to Jimi Hendrix and Robert Plant. Gnawa's most consistent American ambassador has been jazz pianist Randy Weston, who's been playing it since the early '70s, after living in Morocco for five years — and whom Innov Gnawa's Samir Biqine calls "a great mentor" in an email exchange. "The link to the jazz world is perhaps the longest," Biqine continues, "but [the] gnawa revival now has to do with artists from different traditions and genres getting more exposure to this music and connecting to [its] raw, soulful and trance-like nature."

This is certainly how Green comes to it, and it's a great wonder how much fresher "Bambro Koya Ganda" sounds when he provides accompaniment to Innov Gnawa rather than inserting them into his own landscape. Roughly translated as a salute to a great man of the Bambara empire who can sing and dance well, the song percolates from the get-go: A chorus of handclaps rises over a lightly swelling ambient keyboard before Maâlem Hassan Ben Jaafer picks a heavy-duty string rhythm that sets the track running. As Ben Jaafer barks his lead praise between his chorus' verbal responses and exquisitely intricate syncopations, Green weaves a synth-bass patter into the sintir, and the groove heats hotter. And when at around 3:30 the background voices drop off, leaving Ben Jaafer singing over a duet between a chorus of qraqeb and Prophet 5, the result is otherworldly.
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DIY Mag - Nov 2016 - Bonobo is up to something

DIY Mag - Nov 2016 - Bonobo is up to something | Bonobo | Scoop.it
DIY spotted a mysterious mural bearing the Brighton producer’s logo in East London’s oh-so-trendy Shoreditch this evening, bearing both the Bonobo logo and some new artwork. Presumably, it’s a hint towards a new release. The East London Mural Tactic (that’s its official name now, ELMT for short) has been utilised by both James Blake and his old pal Bon Iver this year, to drum up hype for both ‘The Colour In Anything’ and ‘22, A Million’ respectively.
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Billboard - Nov 2015 - Bonobo Talks Outlier Brand, Output Residency & Next Album

Billboard - Nov 2015 - Bonobo Talks Outlier Brand, Output Residency & Next Album | Bonobo | Scoop.it
Last Thursday, Bonobo stepped behind the decks at Output in Brooklyn for the latest set in his residency there. As a producer, he’s been exploring the virtues of sample-based music since 2000, mostly ignoring trends that come and go in electronic music and hip-hop. He’s a pillar of the venerated label Ninja Tune, which has released four of his five albums, and this Saturday, he will headline a warehouse party celebrating the organization’s 25th anniversary.
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Readdork - Nov 2016 - Bonobo announces new album ‘Migration’ with new track ‘Kerala’ | Dork

Readdork - Nov 2016 - Bonobo announces new album ‘Migration’ with new track ‘Kerala’ | Dork | Bonobo | Scoop.it

Chiming electro mover Bonobo has announced details of his first album in over three years , and set for release on January 13th. ‘Migration’ is set to include appearances from the likes of Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker) and Rhye amongst others, and is destined to be packed with the refreshing beats and highs that have made Bonobo a world-wide player. Talking about the album, Bonobo (otherwise known as Simon Green – because if you’re passport name was just Bonobo that may be a bit odd) said: “My own personal idea of identity has played into this record and the theme of migration, It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and affect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve.” The first taste from ‘Migration’ has also been revealed, with new track ‘Kerala’ bursting with infectious melodies and a Brandy-sample that’s already getting us set for the weekend..

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Mixmag - Nov 2016 - Bonobo announces new album 'Migration'

Mixmag - Nov 2016 - Bonobo announces new album 'Migration' | Bonobo | Scoop.it

Bonobo has just announced a forthcoming album, titled 'Migration', along with a supporting global tour. The melodic innovator, also known as Simon Green, will release the upcoming 12-track LP on Ninja Tune, an imprint that's been home to most of his music throughout his career. Bonobo's new album, in standard form for the artist, takes an experimental approach and explores a curious essence of "transitory nature". Following his highly-acclaimed 2013 'The North Borders', 'Migration' will be issued on both vinyl and digital mediums, boasting a full roster of original work and collaborators such as Rhye, Innoc Gnawa and the former Chet Faker, Nick Murphy. In line with album support, Bonobo will be embarking on a four-month global tour. The 'Migration' shows will make stops in 21 cities across Europe and 18 in North America, kicking off February 2017.

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Nov 2016 - WATCH :: Bonobo - Kerala :: Music Festival News

Nov 2016 - WATCH :: Bonobo - Kerala :: Music Festival News | Bonobo | Scoop.it
Bonobo is back on the scene with tour news & new music video for Kerala, ahead of the release of his sixth studio album, Migration.
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British Journal of Photography - Nov 2016 - Exclusive: The photography roots of Bonobo's Kerala, from director Bison

British Journal of Photography - Nov 2016 - Exclusive: The photography roots of Bonobo's Kerala, from director Bison | Bonobo | Scoop.it
A new music video from Bonobo features a terrified Gemma Arterton stumbling around a London suburb as a sequence of supernatural visions appear before her. In an exclusive interview, BJP sat down with the director, Bison, to discuss a promo that utilises a variety of glitchy video loops to devastati
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Star Wars officially sanctions Rick Rubin-produced dance album l Arstechnica l 8 Feb 2016

Star Wars officially sanctions Rick Rubin-produced dance album l Arstechnica l 8 Feb 2016 | Bonobo | Scoop.it

Cantina beats, hot droid bloops by techno acts Flying Lotus, Royksopp, more.

The Star Wars universe has inspired all matter of unofficial tribute music, but the series has never come with official albums full of "inspired by" pop music from modern hitmakers. That changed on Monday with the announcement of Star Wars Headspace, a full-length dance album "infused with Star Wars sound clips and effects" launching on "all digital storefronts" on February 19 ahead of a CD release in March.

Chances are good that anybody old enough to have seen the original trilogy in theaters will not recognize a single musical contributor on Headspace, save that of its leading producer Rick Rubin—the man who helmed the Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill sessions, among many, many other albums. His label, American Recordings, will release the album; the album's roster is otherwise stacked with a surprisingly hip collection of electronic producers, including Rokysopp, Flying Lotus, and Bonobo.

For the modern-techno uninitiated, this album's contributors tend more toward down-tempo, instrumentally intricate beats as opposed to the predictable climax-and-fall electric-fuzz snoozedom of Skrillex, but it's hard to pin the 15 contributors to a single electronic subgenre. From the sound of the three preview songs that Apple Music posted today, the young batch of contributors may take very different cues from their Star Wars inspirations as well. Flying Lotus' contribution sounds like a DJ Shadow beat with the sole special addition of R2D2 noises scattered all over the place, while Baauer's cut, "Cantina Boys," chops and screws the first film's cantina tunes with a big-beat drum line and liberal use of Darth Vader's breathing.

It's all a far cry from the last major Star Wars tribute album series we can remember: the space-disco rearrangements of the orchestral score released by Meco during the original trilogy's era. We're gonna groove to those today (Episode IV, Episode V) while imagining some fictional song titles based on the new album's real ones. Here's Headspace's full tracklisting:

01. Kaskade - "C-3P0's Plight"
02. GTA - "Help Me!"
03. TroyBoi - "Force"
04. Baauer - "Cantina Boys"
05. Shag Kava - "Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work" (feat. A-Trak)
06. Claude VonStroke - "R2 Knows" (feat. Barry Drift)
07. Rick Rubin - "NR-G7"
08. Bonobo - "Ghomrassen"
09. Royksopp - "Bounty Hunters"
10. ATTLAS - "Sunset Over Manaan"
11. Flying Lotus - "R2 Where R U?"
12. Shlohmo - "Druid Caravan of Smoke"
13. Rustie - "EWOK PUMPP"
14. Galantis - "Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder"
15. Breakbot - "Star Tripper"

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Flying Lotus, Bonobo, and More Will Appear on a 'Star Wars' Comp Curated by Rick Rubin | Thump

A few months after Star Wars' imperial march back into public consciousness on the strength of The Force Awakens, Rick Rubin—who's acting as a sage, Yoda-like figure these days—has announced a new compilation inspired by (and sourced from) the sci-fi series, due out in a couple of weeks. The compilation, Star Wars Headspace, is set to feature the best sort of futurists who you'd expect to be involved in a project themed around a galaxy far, far away.

Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Rustie, Baauer, Bonobo, and more have all crafted tracks that feature sounds drawn from the Star Wars universe, and if the whole enterprise sounds a little kitschy, the Brainfeeder boss himself took to Apple Music's Beats 1 station today to demonstrate proof of concept. FlyLo dropped off his contribution to the comp "R2 Where R U?," which barrel-rolls and warps with the best of his roiling output, and demonstrates a return to the sort of wobbly beats he hasn't made since the Pattern + Grid World EP.

Baauer also offered his track, the Darth Vader-sampling "Cantina Boys," which is as dizzy and doom-laden as any of his recent compositions. Listen to both below and check out Star Wars Headspace's full track list, which includes a number of oddball inclusions (like Kaskade!) and a Rubin and A-Trak collaborative remix of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Cantina Song for The Force Awakens. It's bound to be interesting, if nothing else.

Star Wars Headspace track list:

1. Kaskade, "C-3P0's Plight"
2. GTA, "Help Me!"
3. TroyBoi, "Force"
4. Baauer, "Cantina Boys"
5. Shag Kava, "Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work" [ft. A-Trak]
6. Claude VonStroke, "R2 Knows" [ft. Barry Drift]
7. Rick Rubin, "NR-G7"
8. Bonobo, "Ghomrassen"
9. Röyksopp, "Bounty Hunters"
10. ATTLAS, "Sunset Over Manaan"
11. Flying Lotus, "R2 Where R U?"
12. Shlohmo, "Druid Caravan of Smoke"
13. Rustie, "EWOK PUMPP"
14. Galantis, "Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder"
15. Breakbot, "Star Tripper"

Star Wars Headspace is out February 19 digitally and March 18 physically onHollywood Records/American Recordings.

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Bonobo 'Stay The Same' feat. Andreya Triana - Live At The Roundhouse

Bonobo with live band filmed live at the Roundhouse, 29 May 2010. 'Stay The Same' feat. Andreya Triana is the third single released from Bonobo's 'Black Sand...

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