Released both digitally and on the ‘Heartbreak’ 12”—and recently featured alongside their collaborative “Heartbreak” single in the pair’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix—”6000 Ft.” sits as a perfect counterpoint to the disco-fuelled, upbeat a-side. Born from the same sessions in which ‘Heartbreak’ was also conceived, ‘6000 Ft.’ shows off another side of this unique collaboration, with the warmth, melody and intricacy that both artists exude in their individual output on full display as the track unwinds over the course of its five-plus minutes.
The previously released ‘Heartbreak’ is a breakbeat-driven ode to one of electronic music’s formative scenes: NYC’s disco revolution of the 1970s & ’80s. Sampling Christine Wiltshire’s iconic vocal line “I can’t take the heartbreak” from the ‘83 disco anthem ‘Weekend’ by Class Action. Described by The Guardian as a “nostalgic, ravey alliance” and KCRW as a “sweaty, euphoric masterpiece” the track was named Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ and met with praise from the likes of Mixmag, NME, The Times and many more.
The 12″ is the first to arrive via Bonobo’s new label, OUTLIER, formed in partnership with Ninja Tune and expands on the series of club shows and festival stage takeovers under that same banner. Launched at the iconic, though now sadly shuttered New York club Output, OUTLIER sees Bonobo playing and curating an array of nights and festivals on either side of the Atlantic which has so far included Field Day, Nuits Sonores, OFFSonar and more. The new imprint will “reflect the more club-focused side of what I’m building with OUTLIER” he explains. “‘Heartbreak’ seems like a good starting point and was the track that became the catalyst to start the label. One for the dance floors in a time when they’re dearly missed.”
Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ ‘Heartbreak / 6000 Ft.’ is out digitally and on 12″. Further details surrounding the OUTLIER label will be revealed in the coming months.