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Review: Bonobo, ‘Migration’

Bonobo MigrationThere's theories of how, why and when music first appeared. One view sees early structured sounds as a social glue: harmonising humans into communities, moulding behaviour and fulfilling a need to belong.

Tens of thousands of years later – the internet age – humans have similar needs and songs have the same potential, just on a different scale. It's a power well understood by musician and producer Simon Green, AKA Bonobo. His albums all connect with a rare resonance. Samples are selected, instruments are played and everything is arranged with sensitivity. Migration continues Bonobo's survey of emotions, music, and geography, or in his words, "the study of people and spaces... It's interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and affect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve." And so Migration forms an affecting and effective journey into sound. Contributions are made from fellow travellers Rhye, and our own Nick Murphy.

Migration is out January 13 via Ninja Tune/Inertia.

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