For his latest track, Bonobo showcased an iconic melody from a late Asante great.
"ATK" is a driving new single from an artist known to use his sound to travel the world. Created around the same time as his seventh studio album, the remarkable Fragments, "ATK" possesses a more upbeat, dancefloor-ready sound than that found in the introspective album.
Diving right in, the track opens with a pounding drum section before giving way to the star of the show, the late Atakora Manu. Born in 1940 in Toase, Ghana, Manu released countless hits and became a world-renowned guitarist. Bonobo channels Manu's timeless sound in "ATK," which he says was originally a DJ edit of the Ghanaian composer song "Dada."
"I felt it was a little too bashy to fit on the album," Bonobo explains, "and wanted to save it as an OUTLIER release to be aimed more at the dance floor."
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In addition to the single, Bonobo called upon The McGloughlin Brothers to direct a music video inspired by Manu's sound. Check out the "ATK" video below and stream the track here.