Bonobo returns in 2010 with his new album Black Sands, out on Ninja Tune on March 23rd, but why wait in silence when you can listen to our exclusive mix? Kicking things off is the first single with Andreya Triana, “The Keeper,” and Bonobo’s fourth album features him at the helm producing, arranging and performing most of the live instrumentation. It might seem like a tall order, but Bonobo (aka Seth Green) masterfully draws Andreya Triana’s vocals up, over, under and through an intricate web of beats and bass. Tracklisting after the jump.
Released by Ninja Tune
Bonobo, also known as DJ and producer Simon Green, is back with the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2009 release Live at Koko with a new record, Black Sands. With already an impressive body of work with the full-lengths Animal Magic, Dial 'M' For Monkey, Days to Come, in addition to countless EPs and single releases (my personal favorite being the Scuba EP), Simon Green has kept busy by growing and innovating beyond his previous work of years past. His compositional technique, rivaling some of the work put out by DJ Shadow (see Endtroducing), labelmates Amon Tobin and Blockhead (see Music By Cavelight), Madlib, and Guillermo Scott-Herren (also known as Prefuse 73) illustrates a nuanced meeting point for the inspired fusing of Green’s varied melodious interests.
Having actively championed Simon Green’s work as Bonobo since I first heard Animal Magic back in 2001, I found it rather striking that I’d never seen his live show until last night. I’m pretty sure the Atlantic Ocean had a lot to do with it, but nevertheless, as a young kid obsessed with hip-hop production and moody, atmospheric electronics, his songs managed to stand out as the near-perfect blend of all of the things I cherished musically at the time. I imagine that, had I actually seen him back then, I may very well have been completely rapt watching a man hover behind a laptop for an hour, just because I was so enthralled with his music. However, after last night, I am glad to have waited to see him perform as it should be: on a full stage with a packed crowd, while muted liquid patterning churned slowly against a backdrop of crushed velvet.