Bonobo – Printworks, London, UK, 12th October 2019

All pictures courtesy of Ninjatune

Bonobo sure is riding a wave. Having enjoyed great success with his studio albums and live performances. He has more recently been focussed on the curation of a series of DJ shows. Running under the banner of Outlier, lineups feature Bonobo along with similar like minded artists.

One of surprises, was a group called Mariysonacid who went back to back with Dauwd, under the project African Acid is the future. It was a blend of African drum influences alongside bouncy acid house beats. Light on the bass it was left to the upbeat drum beats and euphoric chanting to carry the set forward. Overall, providing a new and novel sound

As the time approached though for Bonobo to take to the stage. There was a palapable sense of excitement in the room. Playing to a sold out crowd, it was strange to feel that there was no room to move in Printworks. Not that most of the crowd seemed to mind.

Beginning with Outlier, the crowd was soon whooping and cheering. He went on to play a rich and varied set. Centered on down tempo house theme, he branched off into disco, techno and assortment of other genres. The variety of his sets perhaps being one of the reasons his DJ sets have replicated his studio success.

A highlight, was the playing of Kerala came on. Bathed under warm yellow light the crowd was ready to sing along all they could. Luckily, it’s one of the songs where you can generally nail all of the words to. The biggest surprise of the evening though was still to come in the form of Skrillex. An unlikely duo they were able to bounce off each other enough to provide a decent set end to the set. 

If this collaboration is anything to go by it looks like Bonobo will continue to surprise for a few years to come

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