Happy Monday, fellow music lovers!
I have been just itching to post about Bonobo (also known as Simon Green) ever since last week when my friend Nic dropboxed me about 80 tracks.
Green is a British producer/DJ and I would categorize his musical style as a blend between trip hop, electronica, jazz, and lounge. He has been in the business since the late 90′s with his tracks being featured on the likes of Lost, Californication, CSI, and the Warner Bros. film ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love‘
I absolutely love his range. Some of his tracks have a very Middle Eastern feel while others have a lovely Asian flavour (and you guys know how I feel about Asian music). He also tends to use a lot of thick basslines (be still my heart) and a lot of what you hear is actually played by him before he chops and mixes it.
Behold, my top 5 favorites:
Download Bonobo Prelude + Kiara. ALRIGHT, WOW. This track includes the prelude to Kiara as well as the actual Kiara track itself. You can hear the seamless switch between the two at the 1:20 mark where it switches from a slow, traditional Asian track to it’s electronic counterpart. The violins are delicate yet powerful and the soft vocal chopping and mixing is outstandingly beautiful and feminine. This is my favorite, can you tell?
Download Bonobo Noctuary. I first heard this song about 3 years ago when I was furniture shopping in Old Montreal. I immediately grabbed my phone, ran to the nearest speaker and Shazamed it faster than snapping my fingers together. It was love at first listen, the high notes from the flute just killed me – I used to play the flute in high school. This one time…at band camp…
Download Bonobo Wayward Bob. This is much faster-paced in comparison to Noctuary. I feel this would be an extremely trippy song in the right context. When I close my eyes it has a very ‘Jesse in Wonderland’ kind of feel to it.
Download Bonobo All In Forms. GREAT chillout track.
Download Bonobo Terrapin. Slow, romantic. Fabulous vocal cutting/mashing and a delicious Middle Eastern flare to it.
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