Simon Green, aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album – the masterful, magisterial “Migration” – a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and indeed, beyond. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholy, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work, as Green says of the broad dynamics on the album, “Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life.”
Migration is to him, “the study of people and spaces,” he expands, “It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve.” It’s also true that the person will be changed. Green’s newest work is itself a statement of this change and growth.
If ever there was an act that personified Body&Soul’s laidback atmosphere and surging energy it’s Bonobo. With the release of his sixth album Migration Simon Green has distilled his ambient dance sound into a series of vignettes that touch on stories from across the globe. With Body&Soul alumnus Rhye featuring on one track and upcoming performer Hundred Waters on another, Bonobo’s presence is very much in keeping with the Body&Soul sound. Not only that, his live band will take these beautifully woven sounds to a stratospheric level.