One of the biggest names in dance music, Bonobo (aka Simon Green) has shared the final preview of his anticipated new album “Fragments” (Ninja Tune) before it is released on 14th January. ‘From You’ features Joji and follows a string of widely celebrated singles that showcase the album’s depth and fascinating array of collaborators, including ‘Tides’ with Jamila Woods and ‘Shadows’ with Jordan Rakei, among others. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation in his Los Angeles studio in 2020 and 2021, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fueled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild. “Fragments” is the sound of struggle and isolation, personally and collectively – and of surging, joyous return.
Joji has been deemed the “first music superstar of his kind” (Office Magazine) and his 2020 album “Nectar” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 as well as #1 on Spotify’s US Weekly Top 50 Albums chart. On ‘From You’ he taps into a beautiful melancholy, singing over the ballad’s dense textures to create a sense of release, of going with the flow and freedom. It’s about the dance floor in many ways. Reflecting on the song, Green says: “I remembered all over again how much I loved crowds and movement and people connecting with each other.”
‘From You’ also arrives on the heels of two 2021 GRAMMY Nominations that Green received in the category of Best Dance/Electronic Recording last month, making him a five-time GRAMMY nominee. Green was nominated for the song ‘Heartbreak,’ a collaboration with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, the first single release on Green’s own OUTLIER label imprint in partnership with Ninja Tune. The second nomination is for ‘Loom’ which is a collaboration between Bonobo and Ólafur Arnalds.
“Fragments” has already been featured by Rolling Stone, Creative Review, The FADER, Pitchfork, The Observer, a DJ Mag cover story, and placement on numerous key playlists and radio programs around the world.
The album’s first official music video was also recently released, a dizzying and dazzling work that was filmed with a 360 camera, capturing a roller skater that dances through gorgeous settings in South Africa. Watch ‘Otomo’ here.
The first song to be shared from the new album, ‘Rosewood,’ received extensive praise alongside the album announcement news including coverage in Pitchfork, Mixmag, DJ Magazine and Vinyl Factory. It was picked up in CRACK Magazine’s weekly track selections, as well as recently hitting the A-list on BBC 6 Music.
“Fragments” (which also features Kadhja Bonet, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) is the follow up to 2017’s “Migration,” which reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance Album chart and hit Top Ten positions in several countries, including a Top 5 at home in the UK. Over 2 million fans attended Green’s tour supporting the album. Green is a favourite mainstage performer at the world’s greatest music festivals and will tour the US, Europe and the UK from February to May.