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Bonobo‘s new album, The North Borders, was released a few weeks ago to a storm of critical acclaim. First Fires is the second single from the album, featuring Grey Reverend, and the video made to accompany it’s the perfect illustration of Bonobo’s haunting love song. Canadian born, Los Angeles raised director Young Replicant, responsible for other award-winning videos for The XX, Baths and Purity Ring has now turned his attention to Bonobo’s electronic sounds. Young Replicant tells the story of a relationship falling apart via a narrative reflecting the fractured nature of memory. Featuring memorably contrasting set-pieces involving fire and water, the narrative forces the eye back to those places, images and emotions that first make the heart skip.

Simon Green aka Bonobo, born and grew up in rural Hampshire, moved to Brighton when he was eighteen years old. There he fell into the jazz/hip hop/funk/soul scene centred around Rob Luis. His first release came in 1999 on Luis’ label, Tru Thoughts, while his debut album, “Animal Magic” followed the next year. In 2001, Bonobo was signed to Ninja Tune and in 2003, after one album of remixes on Tru Thoughts in 2002, he released Dial ‘M’ For Monkey, his sophomore album. “Days To Come” followed in 2006, Green opting for a lusher, more live sound than on his earlier records. His new album is titled The North Borders and was released earlier this month, being one of the best albums of the year so far.

Canadian born, Los Angeles raised director Alex Takacs began making videos under the Young Replicant moniker while attending college in 2008. Alex has gone on to direct award-winning videos for an impressive array of artists, from critically revered M83 to blog-beloved newcomers Baths and Purity Ring. On top of ranking high on year end lists, his videos for Bath’s “Lovely Bloodflow” and Hooray for Earth’s “True Loves” have premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, SXSW and other showcases around the world.

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