Bonobo - Migration
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Based on 21 reviews
2017 Ratings: #334 / 887
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Based on 267 ratings
2017 Ratings: #281
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The Skinny

Migration is the acid test for electronic music in 2017, and sets a standard that will be undeniably difficult to beat, let alone match.

Jazz-heavy, experimental but rooted in beats, ‘Migration’ plays with your emotions in a way that befits a post-break up period — and is yet another fine offering from the Ninja Tune mainstay.

A wonderful trip into Green's mindset, the beautiful and evocative nature of the album speaks on a personal level to those who have migrated or seen first hand the highs and lows that come from moving to another part of the world.


An extremely reflective record, just a few shades more tranquil than his last two albums, but easily matching their well-produced splendour.


Migration is an intricate, fine-tuned return to form, one that both soothes and thrills.

The Guardian

Inspired by his experiences as a nomadic musician rather than global issues surrounding migration, the record shares the same melancholic intensity of Jon Hopkins’ Immunity, but its head remains in the clouds rather than the club.


Migration represents another step forward in Bonobo’s musical development, keeping what was already strong in his music but adding more colour and depth.


All told, Migration is an impressive improvement over The North Borders, and easily the most listenable record of Bonobo’s fifteen-plus year career. It’s a record with equal appeal for electronic music fans and general listeners, something you could put on anywhere.


With Migration, Green blends the unexpected with the familiar and emerges with some of his most affecting work yet.

Drowned in Sound
The record will likely serve newer fans of Bonobo better than those that maintain a stronger fondness for his earlier work, but his journey is a fascinating one and only time will judge its permeance.

At its best, Migration pushes up against if not quite transgresses the boundaries of a genre that holds tranquility in too high a currency, managing at times to be totally arresting in spite of such limitations.

The Line of Best Fit

Bonobo's ability to immerse the listener in a gorgeous electronic escapism is better than ever.

No Ripcord

Migration is a sparkling, crisp display of Green’s ability to completely immerse a listener, and it’s strong as it’s ever been.

For an album centred on migration – inspired by the many people, places and things he’s has experienced over the past three years – you’d hope there’d be more new ideas injected in to Simon’s music. As it is however, ‘Migration’ feels disappointingly close to home.
God Is in the TV

Migration is not an edgy, crunching album. It’s soundtrack-like, slick and touches many bases with an LA gloss reflecting the current location of our emigre; it will be massive.

Resident Advisor
It keeps Bonobo afloat without doing anything new that might alienate fans. In that sense, it's like a faded photocopy of its predecessor, with hints of what made it great along with a lot of grainy grey.
Bonobo is quite the widely known name in the downtempo/electronica world for some time now, not incorrectly acknowledged as one of the most consistent artists in that music spectrum. On Migration, though, the producer sounds a bit out of hand. Sure, most of the songs here do present a considerable ammount of emotion and life to his instrumentals, but not rarely do we get a handful of tracks that, honestly, don't fall far from the countless soundcloud works from anonymous producers out there, as ... read more
Bonobo is the art students, wet dream!
Another excellent addition to Bonobo's bibliography and is a near-perfect blend of electronic music and jazz. 'Migration' is both heavy and light, happy and sad, and transitions seamlessly between these contrasting emotions.
Maybe, this album is not the best electronic album by any means, but this holds a special place in my heart for, what I consider, being my go-to in the happiest days of my life, where I was loved, I was accomplishing everything I wanted and even more.

This albums feels like a throwback into those specific moments. It got a really nostalgic feel all the way into it, it catches you and brings you into one of the most peaceful states of mind I've experienced since those times. It can always ... read more
It's 2017 and Simon Green proceeds to a statement, a well written statement, from the next level of his sonic adventure, about his migration from electronica to post-electronica.
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Added on: November 3, 2016