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Black Sands

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ta_woodstock Great album! My favourite together with The North Borders. Excellent work :)
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piecewise The first album from Bonobo that I ever heard and still my favorite. A perfect blend: quiet and chill but not boring or repetitive. I still listen to it all the time, even all these years later.
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kebes Best music when I want to chill and play some games.
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The shining example A monster of an album ! every track is fantastic on repeat at the moment, terrific in every way ! Favorite track: Black Sands.
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futuretim I've been listening to this album in Amazon's Chill Electronic station for quite sometime. I want to move away from all of the big players (and unlimited streaming) because I don't think they/it align with my ethical positions -- although I think it's great for discovering music.

I wanted this album because I valued it. Bandcamp made it so I could make sure a lot of the money I spent on it went directly to you!

It's the first full album I've bought in quite sometime! Cheers!
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jolri Great album, very happy for come back to the vinyl. Love you <3
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Prelude 01:18
Kiara 03:50
Kong 03:57
Eyesdown 05:28
El Toro 03:44
1009 04:30
All In Forms 04:51
The Keeper 04:49
Animals 06:45
Black Sands 06:48


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. “1009” is NEW Bonobo in all its glory, 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. “Stay The Same” showcases Andreya Triana’s voice again.. “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.


released March 29, 2010


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