B IS FOR BONOBO (PT1)

Bonobo might be a species of monkey but it is also the name for Simon Green’s downtempo music. Coming to the fore in 2000, Simon produces a brand of downtempo that has wit – more like Mr Scruff than lazy soporific dime a dozen chillout compilations.

 

It’s quite hard to describe the music, so:

 

With the experimental warmth of ’60s French films and the pizzicato flavor of horizontal hip-hop, Simon Green’s Bonobo project established a welcome niche of a pretension-free, post-party intellectual chill-out. An almost silent figure among Ibizian romanticists, Green began in Brighton, debuting in 1999 with a track on Tru Thoughts Recordings’ When Shapes Join Together compilation. Though tempted by offers from Mute and XL after the official issue of “The Scuba EP” and the “Terrapin” single, Green stuck with Tru Thoughts for the acclaimed debut LP Animal Magic. Highlighted by downtempo dub, funk, and an equally likable use of sitars, Animal Magic was an obvious success. — Dean Carlson, All Music Guide

 

Bonobo – The Plug
Bonobo – Terrapin

 

Bonobo MySpace

Bonobo website

~ by acidted on August 22, 2008.

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