Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ ‘Heartbreak’ is an ode to one of electronic music’s formative scenes: NYC’s disco revolution of the 1970s and ’80s. It’s a scene that was hugely influential on a young Kerri Chandler, and was an important precursor in the house music of which he would go on to be a formative figure.
The remix follows the release of ‘Heartbreak / 6000 Ft’ 12”, which was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist, was named Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ and ‘Tune of the Week’, and received further praise from the likes of The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Mixmag, NME, The Times and more.
Kerri Chandler: “First thing is I love Bonobo’s work, so I was excited to have been asked to remix ‘Heartbreak’ for Si & Orlando. We spoke on the phone about the direction that I wanted and felt I should go, and they just trusted me with what I felt as long as I put my swinging beats and vibe to it. We were all in sync with what they were looking for and what I do and I think we’re all happy with the result, I hope you like it too!”
Bonobo: “I’ve been a longtime fan of Kerri’s. He felt like the perfect person for this remix. He called me from the studio and played part of the remix to me on the phone. It was so exciting to hear what direction he was taking with it.”
It also marked the first release to arrive via Bonobo’s new label Outlier (formed in partnership with Ninja Tune) which expands on the series of club shows and festival appearances under that same banner. Launched at the now sadly shuttered New York club Output, the label sees Bonobo playing and curating an array of nights and festivals on either side of the Atlantic which has so far included Field Day, Nuits Sonores, OFFSonar and more.
The new imprint will “reflect the more club focused side of what I’m building with Outlier,” he explains. "'Heartbreak’ seems like a good starting point and was the track that became the catalyst to start the label. One for the dancefloors in a time when they’re dearly missed.”