Bonobo has a creative, interactive website in place to drum up awareness for a new EP, which comes out in December 2014. It’s called Flashlight and the title single from the EP is quite good. You should listen to it.
I’ve been a fan of Bonobo’s music for over a decade and can still remember getting my copy of Animal Magic and playing it over and over again. Nearly every playlist I create includes a few Bonobo tunes. And I love witnessing a room’s reaction to those tunes. Green’s music has a sense of urgent melancholy that collides with layered instrumentation to gently push feet to the dancefloor, or at minimum to send heads bobbing and knowing glances around the room as if to confirm, ‘yeah, this is really good’.
Bonobo’s Simon Green has been touring for nearly two years in support of his previous album, The North Borders. To be sure, the live show has become a beast of its own, spawning a well-worth-the-money tour package. I was lucky enough to catch the tour in Chicago last year. Very impressive.
That said, this three-song EP is a brutal teaser. Considering the breadth of The North Borders, I imagine Bonobo’s next full-length project will shatter expectations. Nonetheless, it’s exciting to find Green back in the studio. True to form, he provides a subtle, yet brilliant push of the envelope, weaving synths and breakbeats into his seemingly effortless blend of house, funk, and bass-heavy jazz.
Waiting for that next full-length is the difficult part, but I’m pre-ordering the Flashlight EP to tide me over.
In the meantime, Simon Green is on a DJ tour in North America and will close the curtain on The North Borders show with a sold-out final stop at Alexandra Palace on 11/28 (with Gold Panda and DarkStar).