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, 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.
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: https://bonobo.lnk.to/horizons-vr
Check out the teaser clip on YouTube: https://bonobo.lnk.to/horizons-vr/youtube.
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 have announced an entirely new fall run of dates in North America, bringing the engrossing live experience to more cities across the continent. 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.
Bambro Koyo Ganda EP tracklist:
Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)
Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa) [Analog Version]
Bonobo plays Auckland Town Hall next month with Ninja Tune label mate Romare:
Bonobo Live with Support from Romare
Thursday 27 July
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
Tickets from Ticketmaster