Simon Green, aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album – the masterful, magisterial “Migration” – is a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and indeed, beyond.
His first album – 2000’s “Animal Magic” – was released via Tru Thoughts before being picked up by Ninja Tune. It announced him as a serious talent; able to bring a true musician’s edge to electronica, with all the freedom that skill allowed.
Bonobo came into his own as DJ with the release of 2010’s “Black Sands”. 2012 saw him take the uptempo, club re-edits of “Black Sands” from a seminal Boiler Room performance in London to dance floors across the world.
Later the same year, he finally settled down in his New York studio to write his fifth album. “The North Borders” was another long stride forward – both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of “Black Sands”. Thematic, resonant, addictive and perfectly formed, it was a thrillingly coherent statement piece.
“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, his 12-piece collective (over an 18 month period) played 175 shows across four continents and 30 countries, wowing a total audience of around 2 million people. In fact, Songkick reckoned him to be the amongst the most travelled artists on the planet that year.
Over the course of five albums for the legendary label Ninja Tune, a myriad of tours, singles, remixes and production work for other artists, 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. “Migration” is set to cement Bonobo’s status as one of the best producers on the planet.