Bonobo announces new album, ‘Fragments’, on Ninja Tune
Bonobo has announced a new album, ‘Fragments’, which will drop via Ninja Tune on 14th January 2022.
The record features guest appearances from Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn, Kadhja Bonet, Joji, Jamila Woods, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. As the title suggests, the tracks were born from fragments of ideas, which were then experimented with and fused together.
Touching on UK bass, Detroit house and techno, soul, ambient, and sublime electronic balladry, the first single to be taken from the full length outing, ‘Rosewood’, has already been unveiled. Visual work for both album and single has been created by Neil Krug, who also provided cover art for the previous Bonobo LP, 2017’s ‘Migration’, which took the producer across the globe to play in front of 2million people.
“I remembered all over again how much I loved crowds and movement and people connecting with each other,” said Bonobo — real name Simon Green — of how ‘Fragments’ is really an ode to different dancefloors.
In addition to the LP, the three-time Grammy nominated artist has also confirmed a world tour next year, including three dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May. He also plays Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton, Leeds, and Nottingham in the UK; and Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Cologne, and Zurich in Europe.
An extensive North American leg is also booked in, with shows hitting Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland, among several other cities.
This is the latest in a string of major album announcements from Ninja Tune. Most recently label bosses Coldcut unveiled plans for a huge ambient album featuring productions from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Julianna Barwick, Helena Hauff, and Skee Mask. Bonobo’s ‘Black Sands’ made it into DJ Mag’s list of albums that defined the 2010s.