Following 2013 album The North Borders, Bonobo has dropped new album Migration. Based on the theme of travel following a fairly recent relocation to Los Angeles, it features 12 brand new tracks. Included are the Brandy sampling ‘Kerala’, and our favourite (see above) ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda’ featuring Innov Gnawa, a Moroccan Gnawa group who lay down the mesmerising vocals. This one’s best enjoyed from start to finish, and can be found in all its various formats here.
Speaking on the theme of migration, Bonobo shared in a Facebook post:
‘A large part of this record was conceived during that time in unfamiliar spaces and within the constraints of temporary workspaces and the lack of a permanent home or base, something I feel contributed to the process and ultimately made this record something I’m immensely proud of.’
Fun fact: A ‘bonobo’ is a chimpanzee with a black face and black hair, found in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire). It is believed to be the closest living relative of humans.