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.
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.
Jaga Jazzist, the behemoth nine-piece jazz and prog rock band from Norway has unleashed another album, One-Armed Bandit, on the world. Jaga can be hard to argue with, they have been steadily contributing to many more musical scenes than those listed above for the last 15 years. As a matter of fact, of any band I know, they might be the hardest to quantify in terms of style. Having said that there is always one common thread, which is some form of jazz a influence.
Admittedly I was a little disappointed at first. 2002's A Living Room Hush had me with a few choice tracks that bled my two favorite lines, jazz and drum & bass, and I had hoped there would be more to come. There really was no bleeding of lines. Hopes dashed from the outset as I started to try and take it in through a different pair of ears. It was only when I picked up a message from Flying Lotus on Twitter where he sang their praises by "wishing music like this was around when I was younger." If FlyLo is down then I must have missed something. That cat's ear is so in tune he is one of the few folks I would allow to soundtrack my life.