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Rewarding fans for the long wait between 2006’s Days to Come and 2010’s Black Sands, Simon Green (a.k.a. Bonobo) delivers a 2012 remix of the latter that upstages the original with various electronic subgenre styles produced by an awesome array of studio wizards. The Essex, England–based Lapalux transforms the original album’s 1:18 introduction into an ambient orchestration. His “Finger on the Tape Remix” of “Prelude” plays for three extra minutes, extending the exotic string arrangements with watery ambience. Andreya Triana’s soulful and sultry harmonies get stripped down to one vocal track cooing over Banks’ acoustic reworking of “The Keeper”. With four different remixes, “Eyesdown” is the album's most popular chunk of sonic molding clay. Floating Points takes out the lo-fi vinyl hiss, crackles, and pops before shaping the tune into a mellow two-step affair, while ARP 101 turns it inside out and tacks on wonky analog synths and wobbling dubstep bass. Meanwhile, DELS throws in laid-back rhymes before Machine Drum runs it through the jungle with intense heart-attack beats.

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The Best Yet

I've listened to Bonobo since, well, as long as they've been around, so I'd consider myself a big fan. With that preface, you can understand how strongly I feel about this album when I will unequivocally say that it is the best Bonobo album yet.

More consistent than any of his earlier album's, "Black Sands" may almost feel like a concept album if you're in the right mood and are listening to it end-to-end. The sonic landscapes are amazingly lush here, while still varying from song to song enough to give the album texture and dynamism.

All in all, probably the best single album I've found in over a year. I can't highly recommend it enough, and you're missing an amazing listening experience if you pass this one up.

Kong is amazing

I've heard all bonobo albums and they keep getting better. The track Kong blew me away- like nothing he has done before. Stay the Same has the most heartwarming solo (clarinet?) and 1009 is straight from the future. If I met bonobo I would give him a big hug for creating something so beautiful.


I cannot get enough of this album. It's rich and interesting. Every time I listen to it I find something new about it.


Born: March 30, 1976 in Leeds, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With the experimental warmth of '60s French films and the pizzicato flavor of horizontal hip-hop, Simon Green's Bonobo project established the welcome niche of a pretension-free, post-party intellectual chillout upon the release of his full-length debut in 2000. Since then, his sound and scope have expanded dramatically, with his sophisticated compositions and arrangements incorporating live instrumentation and encompassing influences ranging from jazz, house, folk, and soul to African, Asian, and...
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