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Fragments is the most emotionally intense record that Bonobo – aka Simon Green – has ever had to make.  It’s no surprise that it’s also his masterpiece. The album features Jamila Woods, Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fuelled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild. ​​The artwork for ‘Fragments” is by Neil Krug who returns after creating the art for 2017’s ‘Migration’. Krug has also made a visualiser for ’Rosewood”. One of the biggest names in dance music, Green’s career includes 3 GRAMMY nominations and playing to over 2 million people for the tour supporting his 2017 album Migration. Migration was a top ten album in multiple countries, top five at home in the UK and a Billboard dance album number one in the US. He’s also a favourite mainstage performer at the world’s greatest music festivals.
Fragments is a series of 12 sonic affirmations, featuring some of the hardest and most hip-shaking grooves that Green has ever created.  The ballads are perfectly placed throughout; they capture a world in flux and glow with hope.  Coaxing the ideas out initially took some hard work.  The constantly-touring Green creates best while on the move; the global shutdown forced him to stand still.  Musical themes began to arise through Green’s exploration of modular synthesis, recordings he had made of harpist Lara Somogyi, his work with arranger and string player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, his own playing of the Fender Rhodes and more, as the album was created, recorded and mixed by Green over the past two years.  The album also came into focus as he sought refuge on solo adventures into nature, away from the shutdowns and wildfires and into the blazing California desert.  “Tides,” featuring Chicagoan singer and poet Jamila Woods, acted as a catalyst, and the album began to click into place around it.  “I knew I had a centrepiece, I knew how it was all going to sound,” he says.  Working with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, musical themes began to emerge.  Recording orchestral musicians in actual studios helped bring the songs “out of the box” even more.  A rhythmic framework started to come together too: the structures of UK bass music and rave began to seep into beats that would become tracks like “Otomo” (eventually co-produced by O’Flynn and featuring a sample of the Bulgarian choir 100 Kaba-Gaidi), and “Sapien.”  The ”old school, Detroity, Moodymann and Theo Parrish inspired” “Shadows” was recorded with friend Jordan Rakei.  “Rosewood,” “Closer” and “Counterpart” each start with an ecstatic snap to them, but snake down surprisingly different paths.  Somogyi’s harp and Atwood-Ferguson’s strings mingle together on the beatless “Elysian.”  Two ballads flesh out the second half of the record: “Day by Day” featuring Kadhja Bonet and “From You” featuring Joji.  It’s about the dancefloor in many ways, about how “I remembered all over again how much I loved crowds and movement and people connecting with each other,” Green reflects.  But the positivity isn’t just in the uptempo rhythms: even the most introspective and melancholic pieces have joy in them.

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Poté is the main alias of Sylvern Mathurin, a Paris-based electronic music producer whose sound has become increasingly detailed, heady, and song-oriented since his first comparatively straightforward club tracks in the early 2010s. Following numerous singles and EPs for labels run by the likes of Scratch Perverts, Branko, Benji B, and himself, he has joined the roster of Bonobo's Outlier to issue the album A Tenuous Tale of Her (2021). Originally from Saint Lucia, Poté moved with his family just before his teens to London. The first connection he made as a producer was with Scratch Perverts, who in 2013 and 2014 issued a couple of his digital EPs and a single that were more commercial in nature -- uptempo electro-house aimed squarely at dancefloors -- than what followed, if designed with the intent to reflect his Caribbean heritage. After a 2015 single for Branko's Enchufada label, Poté attracted a licensing deal in the U.K. with Sony. Among the releases supported by the arrangement was 2017's Fire for Fire, an EP with featured appearances from Carmody and Kojey Radical. Another door opened in 2018 when BBC DJ Benji B took interest and issued Spiral, My Love, a set of seven tracks with another Kojey Radical collaboration, on his Deviation label. Also that year, Poté added to his quickly lengthening reach with a remix of Gorillaz's "Tranz" that led to him taking part in Africa Express, a pan-global project devised by that group's Damon Albarn. Poté relocated to Paris and established a club night and label of his own, both named Versicolor, and continued with a pair of two-track EPs and "Pearls" issued across 2020. Supported by yet another artist-operated label, Bonobo's Outlier, Poté put together A Tenuous Tale of Her. The full-length, released in 2021, was led by the single "Young Lies," another collaboration with Albarn.