Fresh off the back of their hundredth mix CD, which concluded the longstanding format of one of the most important mix chronicles in electronic music, fabric records reset the clock with the inaugural chapter of their new series: fabric presents. Rising to the occasion is none other than seminal British producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Bonobo.
‘fabric presents’ reimagines the iconic mix series into a quarterly subscription, expanding on the roster of artists involved and upgrading the contents of the package. For the first time, listeners will be provided with full length individual tracks from each mix. The CD and Vinyl packages will also feature accompanying digital files of the music, without losing the beloved physical ownership of the original format – no more trawling the web for downloads, then!
The artists invited to participate in this series will reflect the full calendar of nights at fabric, including the more recent ‘Forms’ events, new midweek programming and festival tie-ins; not forgetting the iconic FABRICLIVE and Saturday night parties. This permits a broader musical spectrum, representing the diversity of programming that sustains fabric’s reputation as a leading source of world class bookings.
A fitting testament to this broadened musical horizon, Bonobo is an artist who transcends genre – initially exploring elements of instrumental hip-hop, electronica and ambient with live instrumentation before going on to enjoy an illustrious career with a sea of collaborators ranging from Erykah Badu and Andreya Triana to Rhye and Nick Murphy. His highly textural aesthetic translates seamlessly from an orchestrated live show to sought-after DJ gigs, which lend to his status as a tastemaker and afford him a loyal following around the world.
Bonobo’s track choices for the first ‘fabric presents’ mix reflect his penchant for expansive textures and intricate structures. Employing the multi-instrumental arrangements of his own work he builds a clear narrative across 74 minutes of house, techno, electronica and breakbeat. Each track exudes character, allowing animated melodies to wander and develop, all the while grounded by an acute sense of harmonic progression and rhythmic precision. Unheard material from Bonobo and his Barakas alias, as well as exclusives from Poté and Houndstooth mainstay Throwing Snow sit alongside a glistening 2004 house gem from Âme, euphoric breakbeat from Will Saul and a peak time remix from Laurent Garnier to name a few, all topped off by an entrancing 90s ambient classic from John Beltran.
‘fabric presents’ expands on the winning formula of its predecessor, introducing a more open musical palette without losing sight of its past. As the first entry to this new chapter, Bonobo’s mix fuses disparate sonic wanderings into one vivid storyboard, merging different timelines into a seamless narrative and ushering in an exciting new era for the label, nightclub and mix series.
To launch the mix, Bonobo takes to Room One for an extended Sunday afternoon session on 24 February. Buy tickets here.
fabric presents Bonobo
22 February 2019 / fabric Records
1. Bonobo – Flicker [Unreleased]
2. Bonobo – Boston Common [Ninja Tune]
3. Poté – Jacquot (Waters of Praslin) [Unreleased]
4. Alex Kassian – Hidden Tropics [Utopia]
5. Âme – Nia [Engoli]
6. Durante – Maia [Unreleased]
7. Dark Sky & Afriquoi – Cold Harbour [Dark Sky]
8. Bonobo – Ibrik [fabric Records]
9. Olsen – Femenine [Mister Saturday Night]
10. O’Flynn – TKOTN [Hundred Flowers]
11. TSHA – Sacred [TSHA]
12. Will Saul – By Your Side [Simple Records | AUS Music]
13. Titeknots – Buzzard Walk [Press Something Play Something]
14. Dan Kye – Focus [Rhythm Section International]
15. Barakas – Roach [Unreleased]
16. R. Lyle – Perpetrator [Unreleased]
17. Rhone – Mirapolis (Laurent Garnier Remix) [InFiné]
18. Throwing Snow – Rheged [Houndstooth]
19. Nepa Allstar – The Way [Surplus]
20. DJ Seinfeld – Stargard [Unreleased]
21. Earth Trax & Newborn JR ft. Annjet – If You (Club Mix) [Shall Not Fade]
22. John Beltran – Collage of Dreams [Peacefrog Records]
George FitzGerald & Bonobo – “Outgrown” from ‘All That Must Be’ released 9th March 2018 on Double Six / Domino.
As premiered by XLR8R, Indian DJ and Producer Lukan unveils his Lo-Fi Bootleg of Bonobo’s ‘Break Apart’.
Made solely using analog gear, Lukan weaves a tapestry of raw, electronic elements around the body of the original release. Transforming the skeleton of the once soft record, into a late night anthem, Lukan showcases his ability to tap into the darker side of electronic music.
The rest of 2017 will continue to see Lukan spearhead India towards a true and unmatched, underground sound, as well as see him release a wealth of original material. Embracing white label tracks, vinyl only releases and paying less attention to Beatport charts and mainstream productions, Lukan is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Having just completed immensely successful tours in Europe and North America in support of his latest acclaimed record Migration, Bonobo has announced a new 3-song EP, out digitally today, featuring an analog version of Migration favorite “Bambro Koyo Ganda,” which heavily features Moroccan by-way- of New York City band Innov Gnawa, and the completely new song “Samurai.” The analog version of “Bambro” strips away the dizzying house-tinged atmosphere in favor of an understated pulse and synthesizer arpeggiations, highlighting the hypnotic chanting and acoustic flavour of Innov Gnawa. Perhaps more than any other tune on the album, ‘Bambro’ sonically embodies what Migration is – a journey through cultural and locational displacement and the strange familiarity that inevitably surfaces out of transient life. “Samurai” is an ecstatic track that was conceived in the same sessions that produced Migration, anchored by a stuttering vocal sample that unspools into a glorious melodic line in classic Bonobo style.
STREAM: “Bambro Koyo Ganda (Analog Version)” feat. Innov Gnawa
Bonobo also previously shared a video for the original version of “Bambro Koyo Ganda” directed by Stylewar, which is available to watch HERE.
Bonobo also recently unveiled an innovative and immersive way to see and hear his album track “Outlier”. Released in collaboration with Horizons Studio for their app on Google’s Daydream platform, Horizons VR, users are sent flying through surreal landscapes and terrains, over mountains and deep into oceans, as you manipulate the music by directing flocks of birds with the Daydream controller and progressing through the various stages of the track via your own movements and actions. As well as the music being fully interactive, the visuals are also fully generated in real-time and malleable, allowing you to carve your path through mountain ranges, control the terrain’s height by simply changing your altitude, or slow down time below the surface of the sea.
Download the Horizons App to discover the “Outlier” Virtual Reality experience here.
Amidst the waves of praise Bonobo has received both for the release of his latest record Migration and the live tour he and his band have recently embarked on comes a video for the new single ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda’, an expansive track featuring vocals from Moroccan by-way-of New York City band Innov Gnawa. Perhaps more than any other tune on the album, ‘Bambro’ sonically embodies what Migration is – a journey through cultural and locational displacement and the strange familiarity that inevitably surfaces out of transient life. The single (a highlight of the live show) effortlessly weaves Moroccan styles into his signature dance music and culminates in a near-mystical experience as Innov Gnawa’s chants echo over a dizzying, house-driven groove that manages to mesmerize and relinquish in one fell swoop. The video, directed by Stylewar, depicts scenes from around the world that unfold in synchronicity with the track, with the pulse of the environment lining up perfectly, and subtly, with the song’s beat. It reflects the universality and singularity of the world seen through the eyes of a traveller; no matter the disparate location there is a common rhythm.
As Migration was born out of an itinerant phase in Bonobo’s life– a time that saw him touring around his last album The North Borders for nearly three years fixed to no address– it’s only fitting the Migration World Tour is the sort of pinnacle and completion of his journey and one that’s received exuberant praise from all circles. Bonobo and his band will tour through the remainder of the year, with a headline slot at Wilderness Festival, dates at Fuji Rock and Manchester International Festival and a run of new European headline dates just announced, among others. The live show is an event not to be missed and the record, which peaked at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Album charts in over 50 territories and landed within the Top 5 on the main UK album charts, has proved itself to be a touchstone for both Bonobo’s career and to an audience in search of a place to land.
Quote from the Director Stylewar on the video:
“The music of Bonobo is incredibly rich and colorful. It feels as if it was inspired by the indescribable beauty of the natural world. I wanted the video to have an equally inspired and colourful feeling. The world is full of music and rhythm — look carefully and it’s everywhere you go. It’s at the core of our wonderful planet, and I wanted the video to celebrate that fact.”
“The video is a vast collection of material, including some footage shot specifically for this video as well as existing footage from around the world. Then, through the magic of editing, we endeavored to make every movement in the video correspond to the movement of the music, whether to its rhythm or to the very notes themselves. If you look closely, you should notice that the smallest details have been tweaked to sync the music to the movement. Like the music of Bonobo, it celebrates the rhythmic beauty of our world.”
Original track taken from the new album Humanz, out April 28. Pre-order / stream here: http://gorill.az/humanz
Last Friday saw Bonobo release his sixth studio album and one of his most personal works to date– Migration– an exquisitely delicate record that explores the relationship between transience and identity and one that has already received droves of praise from audiences and critics alike. Migration currently sits in the Top 4 in the official UK album midweek chart (reflected in 8 other countries). It has already secured a top 5 position in over 20 countries overall on iTunes and claimed #1 in their Electronic iTunes chart in 8 territories including the UK and US. Additionally, the album’s first two singles have had over 10 million Spotify streams to date. Reception from the press has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews and features in from such lauded publications as The Guardian, Pitchfork, and The Wall Street Journal (not to mention a Mixmag cover feature), among many others.
Building on the record’s success comes the music video for recent single ‘No Reason’, featuring vocals by longtime friend and now collaborator Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker). Oscar Hudson (Pulse Films), the UK Music Video Awards’ ‘Best New Director’ winner, is the maestro behind the video’s bizarre trip. More akin to that of an art piece than a music video, the work takes subtle cues from such iconic films as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘Birdman’ as its character grows larger inside a Japanese house whose items shrink and expand through time. The video fits neatly into the albums themes of the transitory relationships to place and time, seen with Art Director Neil Krug’s distorted realties in the Mojave Desert for the art and “Break Apart” video and also Bison’s work on the Gemma Arterton featuring visuals for “Kerala”.
The music video was filmed entirely in real life, in-camera with no post work or VFX, to which the end result is an effortlessly fluid and visually mesmerizing experience.
Oscar Hudson said the following of the video…
“‘No Reason’ is such an evocative track and it was clear from the start that our video would need to reflect this potency. Simon/Bonobo mentioned the inspiration behind the new album came from his relationship to landscape and place whilst on tour. Whilst researching these themes I learnt about the Japanese phenomenon of the Hikikomori- young Japanese people who become so overwhelmed by the pressures of life that they retreat to their bedrooms for years at a time. This felt like a such a fascinating intersection of physical & psychological spaces, and so from this I set out to make a film that through an inventive physical concept tried to link environment directly to psychology. We achieved the film using only in-camera physical effects and we designed an entirely new way of moving our miniature camera to get it to fit through the tiny doorways. Doing this film with CGI would have been a thousand times easier, but for me, it’s physicality & imperfections are what make it different, and I hope better.”
After two recent singles showcasing the dynamic range of “Migration”, Bonobo returns with a song that perhaps exemplifies the record. ‘No Reason’ (premiered via NPR) features the vocals of Bonobo’s long time friend, and now collaborator, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker) ‘No Reason’ is dance music at its deepest, a beautiful house song with fragile melodies underpinned by a tough-edged groove and razor-sharp arpeggio. The song came about when Simon Green (AKA Bonobo) and Nick were discussing a shared love of disco. Si played the instrumental of No Reason, and Nick instantly fell in love with it. After laying down demo vocals in that first session, the pair recorded the final version in NYC, Si’s former home, and Nick’s current one.
Migration, which is out this Friday, 13th January, has already yielded two songs to a rapturous reception. ‘Kerala’, which premiered via Pitchfork, hit #1 on the Spotify Global Viral Chart with over a million streams in its first week, and now over 4 .5 million total. The official video became the 4th most trending on YouTube. Next came ‘Break Apart’ featuring Rhye, which Vogue.com premiered alongside Spotify, who placed the track at the head of their New Indie Mix playlist. A hypnotic, drone-shot video by Neil Krug was unveiled by Creative Review (who have also gone deep on the album artwork today).
Teasers / Ghost Versions for album tracks ‘Second Sun’, ‘Ontario’, ‘Figures’, ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda’ and ‘Surface’ featuring Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters have been made public over previous weeks.
In addition, Bonobo’s forthcoming live band show at Brixton Academy sold out in seconds, so quickly that another date was added and that too immediately sold out, as did every other UK date and many EU ones. The Bonobo band will play a twenty two date American tour in Spring, including a slot at the legendary Red Rocks Arena in Colorado (a co-headline with Nick Murphy) and dates at Coachella.
His 2013 album “The North Borders” went Top 30 in the UK and was number 1 in the electronic charts in both the US and UK. In support of that record, the 12-piece band Green fronts played 175 shows worldwide to over two million fans, including a sold out show at Alexandra Palace. Bonobo has built a large, loyal and engaged global fanbase: over half a million album sales and over one hundred and fifty million streams on Spotify point to the levels of success achieved by this quiet, self-effacing man.
The signs are all there: “Migration” will take Bonobo’s beautiful, emotive, intricate music to an even bigger audience. “My own personal idea of identity has played into this record and the theme of migration,” Green explains. “Is home where you are or where you are from, when you move around?” The personal, it seems, can also be universal.
Manchester-based electronic producer OLSEN has shared a club-edit of Bonobo’s 2016 track ‘Kerala’ which you can check out and download for free here:
Creating beautifully crafted, melodic and soulful electronic music since 2012, OLSEN gained a significant following after releasing his debut LP, Totoro, via Super Recordings (Randomer, Raffertie, Bondax, Honne) and also through his Manchester residency, playing alongside the likes of Floating Points, Levon Vincent and Jeremy Underground.
OLSEN is currently gearing up for 2017 with a set of new recordings on the horizon along with future edits and remixes in the pipeline.