British musician/producer/DJ Bonobo and Canadian musician Jacques Greene have released a new single called “Fold,” issued on Bonobo’s OUTLIER label in partnership with Ninja Tune. The dancefloor-ready “Fold” is Bonobo’s first new music of 2023 and arrives almost exactly one year after the release of his latest full-length album 'Fragments' (Ninja Tune). While Greene joined Bonobo on his Fragments tour this past summer, this is their first-ever musical collaboration.
“Phil (stage name Jacques Greene) was in LA and stopped by for a coffee and studio hang. We made the bulk of the track that day. We each played a few various versions in our DJ sets over the summer (I even dropped it in a live show once) and made some decisions on how to finish it. It’s been going down really well in my DJ sets. Excited to get it out there finally,” recalls Bonobo, aka Simon Green.
Having just been announced as co-headliner of Field Day on 19th August in London with Aphex Twin, Bonobo heads into the GRAMMYs with two nominations for 'Fragments': Best Dance/Electronic Music Album and Best Dance/Electronic Recording for “Rosewood.” He now shares the record for the most nominations in the Dance/Electronic Recording category with The Chemical Brothers and Madonna and is a seven-time nominee. Bonobo was also just nominated for his first BRITs Award for Best Dance Act. The public vote for this award will officially be hosted on TikTok.
On Friday, 3rd February, Bonobo will play a special GRAMMY weekend set at a warehouse location in downtown LA hosted by Lights Down Low.
The album 'Fragments' hit #3 on Billboard’s Top Dance / Electronic Albums chart and #5 on the Official UK Albums Chart. The album included appearances by Jamila Woods, Joji and Jordan Rakei and was covered by The Fader, Mixmag and print cover stories at DJ Mag and Electronic Musician. The Observer deemed it a “brilliant, wondrous work,” giving it 5 out of 5 stars. He also made his NPR Tiny Desk debut in March.
The album tour has been seen by an audience of over 750,000 across four continents in less than a year between headline shows and festival appearances. The tour included a 5-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall in London which became the longest continuous run of performances for a solo musician, and the longest run ever for an electronic artist. He also performed four times in just 24 hours at Glastonbury Festival in June, headlined Warehouse Project and Lost Village Festival in the UK, completed a tour of Australia, North America, performed at Sonar Barcelona and at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. To close out 2002, his band headed to Europe for shows across 9 countries, which also took in a headline DJ set at Printworks, London.
Bonobo also surprise released two dancefloor singles on his label OUTLIER in "Defender” and "ATK". Over his career Bonobo has worked with a wide range of artists including Erykah Badu and Jon Hopkins, as well as remixing Gorillaz and Michael Kiwanuka with his catalogue accumulating over 2 billion plays on streaming services.