Bonobo has shared a new single and video, ‘ATK’, which is out now on his Outlier label in partnership with Ninja Tune. You can watch the clip below.
The first new music from Bonobo since his critically acclaimed album, ‘Fragments’, back in January, the track comes with visuals directed by the McGloughlin Brothers, whose resume includes efforts for the likes of A$AP Rocky and Max Cooper.
“‘ATK’ was made around the same time as ‘Fragments’. Initially a DJ edit of Atakora Manu’s ‘Dada’, it became something fuller and a track of its own. I felt it was a little too bashy to fit on the album and wanted to save it as an Outlier release to be aimed more at the dance floor,” said Bonobo, AKA Simon Green, of the new material, referencing legendary Ghanaian Highlife guitarist, Manu, an acclaimed composer, studio engineer, and founder of Kakaiku No.2 Band with Moses Kweku Oppong.
“We wanted to create a minimal film embodying ideas of serendipity and perception, allowing the world to reveal itself in unusual ways spontaneously. If you have ever looked out of a train window to see the wires and tiles weave and dance in a magical way, this, in essence, is what we wanted to capture in our film. Our own living ‘zoetrope’,” said the McGloughlin Brothers.
Bonobois currently on a world tour, including a recent five-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall — the longest ever run for a solo artist in the venue’s history. This summer, festival sets have included Glastonbury, Lost Village, Sonar Barcelona and Fuji Rock, with forthcoming shows in the US at Brooklyn Mirage (25th September), and The Greek Theatre in Berkeley (20th October) and Los Angeles (22nd October) before returning to the UK and Europe. A combined global audience of 750,000 will have attended once all dates are finished.
Revisit DJ Mag’s cover feature with Bonobo, ‘The Spaces Between‘, from December 2021.