Bonobo

Up To Eleven and Ready Room Present

Bonobo

Fakear

Tue, May 16, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Ready Room

St. Louis, MO

$25.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

$2 surcharge for patrons under 21

Bonobo
Bonobo
Simon Green aka Bonobo is back with his sixth album – the masterful, magisterial “Migration” – is a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and 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."

Bonobo’s last album, “The North Borders,” went Top 30 in the UK and was number 1 in the electronic charts in both the US and UK. In support, his 12-piece collective (over an 18 month period) played 175 shows across four continents and 30 countries, wowing a total audience of around 2 million people. In fact, Songkick reckoned him to be the amongst the most travelled artists on the planet that year. The tour included two sell outs at the Sydney Opera House, an all-day festival at the Roundhouse culminating in a sold out show at Alexandra Palace (10k cap) plus a number of high profile festival slots. Over the course of five albums for the legendary label Ninja Tune, a myriad of tours, singles, remixes and production work for other artists, Bonobo has built a large, loyal and engaged global fanbase: over half a million album sales and over one hundred and fifty million streams on Spotify point to the levels of success achieved by this quiet, self-effacing man. Most recently, Bonobo curated an international series of Outlier events including a sold out all day festival at Tobacco Dock in London and further parties in Berlin, Madrid, Paris and New York.
 
After the epic North Borders tour, Bonobo relocated once again, continuing his gradual move westward by laying down roots in Los Angeles. He had spent almost three years out on the road with no fixed home and on returning to New York, he found it a “noisy, stressful environment” and decided to try the other coast. All this – both the monumental live and DJ tours and his new home in a city full of people from somewhere else – has fed into what makes “Migration” such a special record. Drawing on both a new interest in found-sound and the “euphoric, spiritual moments” he experienced when playing his all-night DJ sets at his Output residency (where many of “Migrations” tracks were road tested) in New York and his Outlier events around the world, Green has placed the unstable, the heartbreaking, the often beautiful migratory life at the core of how he understands humanity, and hence how he understands music. 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 new 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.
Fakear
Fakear
French electronic music has a rich history and one that has broken through internationally at times without the limitations of language of traditional songs. Be it Jean Michel Jarre and his pioneering work in the 1970's to the free house and techno parties in the early '90s which were fertile ground for future pioneers such as Laurent Garnier and Etienne De Crecy. This itself morphed into the more downtempo styles of Air and St. Germain and the anarchic in Mr Oizo and eventually Justice via Ed Banger. And need we mention Daft Punk? But it has been sometime now since a new generation has broken through, and with Fakear (along side luminaries Dream Koala, Stwo, Superpoze and Nowadays records releases) a new dawn has broken.

Whilst previous EPs and a few high profile remixes have put Fakear firmly in the French consciousness (the 'Sauvage' mini-album went Top 10 in the French LP chart) and landed him a cover of the respected Tsugi magazine, it is the 'Asakusa' EP (released via Nowadays Records) that is set to take this sound global. The fact he is already selling out London venues, supporting Bonobo, performing above the likes of Hudson Mohawke on European festival bills and remixing Andreya Triana is evidence of that. Coming from a "band" background, Fakear creates highly potent and hypnotic electronic, melodious compositions. A sound that a new generation of music fans are helping to explode on the internet and in clubs organically away from any notion of manufactured, business-minded McDance music.

The 'Asakusa' EP leads with "Ueno" and takes influence from the East via a harmonious walk through the streets of downtown Tokyo backed by lush piano and strings. "Skyline" is the takeoff single of the EP and showcases Fakear's addictive and complex beat making. It's a flight to New York, the city that never sleeps. 'Asakusa' finishes with "Venus," the end to an emotive journey that signposts a major talent. It is however for Fakear in someways the start, as an early live favourite from his self-released days in 2011 and now cemented to record for the first time.
Venue Information:
The Ready Room
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO, 63110
http://www.thereadyroom.com