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Independent London record label Ninja Tune have announced that one of their marquee names’ most coveted remixes will be made available on vinyl for the first time, to celebrate Record Store Day.

Independent London record label Ninja Tune have announced that one of their marquee names’ most coveted remixes will be made available on vinyl for the first time, to celebrate Record Store Day.

Bonobo’s bouncing remix of French jazz legend Henri Texier’s Bossa Nova-tinged and double bass-driven 1977 track, Les “là-bas” (Them “over there”) will be made available for the first time in physical form, with a deluxe 12” vinyl edition to celebrate the 9th annual Record Store Day in the UK on April 16th 2016.

Launched in San Francisco in 2008, Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day, with many shops and cities hosting artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar.

Bonobo’s dance-floor-filling remix is set to be part of the festivities. Bonobo, AKA Simon Green, is a DJ and producer at the top of his game. A musical all-rounder, his artistic awareness developed during his upbringing in Hampshire, and was honed after a move to the creative hub that is Brighton. His first album Animal Magic, released in 2000, first brought him to the attention of independent London record label Ninja Tune, and it’s easy to understand why. The album has that timeless quality that is so rare within electronic music, with tracks like the mesmeric Terrapin; it sounds as though it was released yesterday rather than 16 years ago.

Four albums down the line and after the almighty success of 2013’s The North Borders, 2016 looks set to be another huge year for Green. The much-loved pioneer of left-field electronic dance music is fresh from the explosive first instalment of his OUTLIER series at London warehouse Tobacco Dock, with further editions in Paris, Berlin and New York. In typical understated and enigmatic style, he also announced recently that a new album was in the pipeline for 2016 over social media.

Bonobo’s remix Texier’s Les “là-bas” reflects the reach and timelessness of his taste and production. 71-year-old French jazz double-bassist Henri Texier is far from a household name, probably best known for his collaborations with American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry in the 1960s. However, the first song on Texier’s 1977 album Varech is highly sought after in physical form amongst DJs and collectors. Bonobo gave the track his unique touch in 2014 and it has featured regularly in his spectacular DJ sets ever since.

The heavyweight 12” vinyl b-side will boast Bonobo’s remix of Les “là-bas” and as an extra gift to collectors, Henri Texier’s rare original will also feature. Grammy-nominated graphic designer Leif Podhajsky continues his relationship with Ninja Tune and Bonobo in particular by providing the vibrant artwork, created using raised varnish studs.

Henri Texier – Les “là-bas” (Bonobo remix) will be available to buy on April 16th.


  • Image Credit Dan Medhurst.

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