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Bonobo: Black Sands

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Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with his fourth, most eagerly-anticipated and most accomplished album to date, the magnificent 'Black Sands.' Green proves once and for all with 'Black Sands' that he is an artist and producer with his sights set on much higher prizes than to rule any dusty subgenre of dance music. This is a record of epic reach and massive emotional pull, all held together by Green's understanding of composition and arrangement of live instruments (most of them also played by him) as well as his complete mastery of the tricks and techniques of the digital age. 'Black Sands' is the most contemporary record he has ever made.

Opening track 'Kiara' sets out Bonobo's stall quickly. Yes, there is an exquisite string refrain, reminiscent of Chinese art movies, but Green places this within the context of a thumping beat, deep synths and cut up vocals. 'Kong' seems closer to the soul-jazz template which has long influenced the Bonobo sound but each further listen showcases both the intricacy of his productions and the subtlety with which he achieves them. The skipping beat of 'Eyesdown' and the way he weaves Andreya Triana's vocals through layers of sub-bass show Green making his own moves with the influences of two-step. 'El Toro' brings a Brazilian flavour but without losing any of the hard snap of the beats. 'We Could Forever' combines high-life guitar lines with punishing, melancholy bass. First single, 'The Keeper' shows Green and Triana coming through with their most intense, emotional soul jam. 'All In Forms' once again combines a shimmering beauty with some serious beat 'n' bass action. 'Wonder When' showcases Andreya Triana's voice again, this time in the context of a polyrhythmic finger snapper which will lead to euphoric scenes on the dancefloor. 'Animals' sounds like Joy Division jamming with Steve Reich and a bloco band. Title track 'Black Sands' finishes the album with a perfectly judged, melancholy waltz, waves of horns swelling up to the kind of finale that sings in your ears even after it has stopped.

Since Simon Green's last album, 'Days To Come', he has become one of Ninja Tune's biggest artists worldwide, with over fifteen million plays on Last.FM and a series of sell out tours with his live band which have moved from venues such as the Luminaire to the Kentish Town Forum and the Roundhouse. This combination of superb live shows and studio wizardry means that he is now perfectly placed to push on into a yet bigger league. With 'Black Sands', Bonobo has made the progressive record to achieve it.

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1. Prelude
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2. Kiara
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3. Kong
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4. Eyesdown
featuring Andreya Triana
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5. El Toro
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6. We Could Forever
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7. 1009
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8. All In Forms
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9. The Keeper
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10. Stay The Same
featuring Andreya Triana
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11. Animals
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12. Black Sands
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Total Comments: 6
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/19/2010 8:59:00 AM; Partial IP: 171.243.73)
Location: sydney
Comment: just thought id give this album a go due to ninja tune. great fucken album.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/27/2010 1:41:00 AM; Partial IP: 89.117.157)
Location: USA
Comment: Extremely good stuff, literally some "out of this world" beats. Pure genius at work.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/31/2010 4:18:00 AM; Partial IP: 6.13.131.3)
Location: here
Comment: This iz really a nice album - fuk its a intrumental journey into the depths of unexplored jungles
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/23/2010 4:34:00 PM; Partial IP: 50.209.200)
Location: B.C.
Comment: This Album COOKS...Pure Ultraviolence...Makes Flying Lotus look like garbage...
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/18/2010 4:41:00 PM; Partial IP: .44.146.14)
Location: Boston, USA
Comment: his albums only get better, Simon said this album was done in 2009, but took an extra year to really finish it up nice. great job like always! Big up to andreya triana on this album too. Huge things for her this year (dropping new album and collabs with producers like Bonobo, Flying Lotus, more)
Name: (Posted: 3/8/2010 6:54:00 PM; Partial IP: .194.13.56)
Location: Chi
Comment: Don't sleep on this Bonobo. King of Lo-fi.
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