As we wait for the sixth album from Bonobo (Simon Green), the excitement is getting to us. “Migration” due to be released on 13th January 2017, will be Bonobo’s first album since 2013 and this might just be the album that slots Bonobo into the electronic music’s greatest pioneers.
The first single off the upcoming album “Kerala”, was originally recorded on various tour bus sessions whilst Banobo was touring across the US in 2014. Featuring sampled vocals borrowed from RnB singer Brandy, “Kerala” is set to be one of the dancefloor anthems that might see us through into the new year.
The visuals accompanying the single were directed by Bison with Gemma Arterton from Quantum of Solace and Inside No.9 playing the lead. In the video, we see Gemma running through Bow, East London, troubled by something that no one else seems to see.
Bonobo describes his upcoming album as “The study of people and spaces,” he expands, “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.”
You may have seen the album cover which has been circulated around Los Angeles and London as giant murals. The desert locations that Neil Krug used to design the artwork for the album, are very close to where Bonobo lives now in LA. Bonobo made sure to make use of his surroundings when compiling the album “Part of the writing process was to drive up to these places and live with the tracks as I was making them. This was a new part of the world to me, where the landscape is quite alien and Martian.”