Musician Bonobo shares new song ‘Defender’

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Bonobo is having a tremendous 2022 and has surprise-released a new single today called ‘Defender’ that was built for the dancefloor. The new track is out on his label OUTLIER in partnership with Ninja Tune.

“Defender” features a thumb piano riff over a thumping, 4-on-the-floor beat, sprinkled with synths. Listen here:

Green also released another surprise single last month.  “ATK” features a sample of Ghanaian musician Atakora Manu and was described by This Song Is Sick as “a dancefloor number shaking with worldly, kinetic energy.”  Both “ATK” and “Defender” will be released on a hand-stamped and numbered white label limited to 1500 units.

The new music and tour come on the heels of ‘Fragments’, Bonobo’s first full album since 2017, which came out in January on Ninja Tune.  ‘Fragments’ hit #3 on Billboard’s Top Dance / Electronic Albums chart and #5 on the Official UK Albums Chart this year. The album features Jamila Woods, Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and was covered by The Fader, Mixmag and print cover stories at DJ Mag and Electronic MusicianThe Observer deemed it a “brilliant, wondrous work,” giving it 5 out of 5 stars.  He also made his NPR Tiny Desk debut in March and earned two nominations for the 64th GRAMMY Awards, making him a five-time nominee.

The album tour has been seen by an audience of 750,000 across four continents. Bonobo recently played Royal Albert Hall in London where his 5-night residency 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, and North America, and performed at Sonar Barcelona and at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.  In November the band head to Europe for shows across 9 countries, which also takes in a headline DJ set at Printworks, London on November 19.  

US Tour Dates: 

10/20/22 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theater

  10/22/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater

EU / UK Tour Dates: 

19 Nov – London, UK – Printworks 

22 Nov – Wroclaw, PL – Hala Ludowa

23 Nov – Kraków, PL – Tauron Arena

25 Nov – Łódź, Poland – Atlas Arena 

26 Nov – Prague, CZ – Forum Karlin 

29 Nov – Budapest, HU – László Papp Budapest Sports Arena

30 Nov – Vienna, AU – Gasometer 

02 Dec – Bologna, IT – Estragon 

03 Dec – Milan, IT – Fabrique 

06 Dec – Madrid, ES – WiZink Center

07 Dec – Barcelona, ES – Saint Jordi Club 

10 Dec – Forest, BE – Forest National 

13 Dec – Vilnius, LT – Compensa Concert Hall 

14 Dec – Tallinn, EE – Noblesneri Volukoda

01 Jan – Werribee South, AU – Let Them Eat Cake 

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