Black Sands - Bonobo
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  • Summary: The fourth album for Simon Green, the British DJ who goes by the name Bonobo, weaves in orchestral strings, hip hop beats, afro-latin sounds, and vocals from Andreya Triana to his downtempo style.
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  1. It is a hugely impressive piece of work, and subsequent listens will reveal further layers and melodies you missed first time around. Don't delay the induction a minute longer.
  2. Black Sands is an album so fully realized that comprehending the places he still so obviously has yet to reach is staggering.
  3. Although the parallels with Bonobo's peers are obvious, his fourth album doesn't just sit in their shadows. Rather, it's an inspiring example of how, free of pressure and publicity, he has blossomed into something beautiful at his own pace.
  4. Even though Black Sands is no radical departure in the Bonobo narrative, it tells us once again how Green made Chill Out palatable to discerning listeners. It's also another feather in his cap for making electronic production into a sophisticated art form.
  5. For a style of electronica (chillout/downtempo) that's grown decidedly dusty over the past decade--even though Bonobo is clearly striving to move well beyond such staid genre divisions, and in many ways succeeding, that's probably still the best place to slot him if you gotta--Black Sands is a welcome infusion of life and warmth.
  6. With Black Sands, he's proven himself to be a skilled multi-instrumentalist who knows how to construct beautiful, arresting music with enough layers of complexity to hold interest for multiple listens. Nevertheless, if he wishes to avoid being the listening choice for those who don't actually want to listen, he's not quite succeeded yet.
  7. 60
    Deluxe, post-dance soundscapes from Simon Green's anthropoid alias. [May 2010, p. 97]

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  1. Jan 4, 2011
    10
    This album got me introduced (and addicted) to electronic and dub music. It starts beautiful with a prelude to Kiara, and when the latter begins, the introduction of the bass is simply gorgeous. With the perfect vocals from Andreya Triana, this record is a thrill from the very beginning to the last second. It's a shame few people I know have heard of this gem.. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2011
    10
    Bonobo makes music that everyone can enjoy. My mom likes it, my 60 year old boss liked it (she hated everything else I played) I LOVE it. The genre is called Chill-out and that makes sense cause it so smooth and rhythmic. "Eyesdown" is one of the most played songs in my itunes, it is just so beautiful. As DopeBird said, this album was also one the first electronic music albums I ever listened to and still the best. Collapse