Starting off with the sweet sounds of a plucked mandolin loop, Bonobo introduces “Kerala,” the first teaser to his upcoming album Migration.
Kerala refers to the South Indian state, although musically, the track doesn’t rely on the Indian Asavari scale. The intro drops in breakbeat-tinged organic drums. Bonobo limits himself to using wooden percussion and renounces aggressive high frequencies in the drums.
The piece continues building by introducing the percussive, smooth bass line, followed by uplifting mallet chords. After some subtle reverse and filter effects, the main loop interrupts, making space for some refreshing strings.
Unexpectedly, the mood gets complemented by some 90s RnB style vocals, sampled from “Baby” by Brandy. The female vocals grow, becoming the main element when the beat drops again. The track is concluded by synth-chords forming the dramatic outro.
If you dig this track, check out “So So Lovely” by Shigeto.
Migration will be released the 13th of January on Ninja Tune.
Watch and listen to the “Kerala” music video below: