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Animal MagicRight, let's not beat about the bush - Bonobo's debut longplayer is, by popular consensus, 'the business'.
An awe-inspiring showcase of a young man's staggering musical ability, 'Animal Magic' was greeted with swoons of delight and sycophantic praise upon its release in July 2000. Its heart-meltingly lysergic melodies - all bellchimes, backwards vocals and haunting keys - weave an impenetrable gauze of sound that astounded practically everyone who heard it.
Bucking the late-90s reliance on sampling, Simon Green (the man behind the monkey) wrote, played, recorded and produced the entire record himself. The result is an album with such depth and breadth of emotional and melodic content that every track is a potential favourite. Little wonder, then, that 'Animal Magic' numbers among Tru Thoughts' all-time bestsellers.
"Anyone in search of the ultimate chill-out album should buy this debut" - The Observer
"Wonderfully subtle and easy on the ear. This is chill out music with balls - not a clichÉ in sight" - DJ MagazineLP 1
2. Sleepy Seven
6. The Plug
3. Sugar Rhyme
4. Silver$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Black Sands (Awaiting Repress)Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with his fourth and finest album, Black Sands. Losing none of his epic emotionalism, his control of texture and colour and his subtlety, Black Sands sees Green making some of his most contemporary-sounding music to date.1. Prelude
5. El Toro
6. We Could Forever
8. All in Forms
9. The Keeper
10. Stay the Same
12. Black Sands$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
MigrationSimon Green aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album, the masterful, magisterial "Migration" - a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and beyond. By turns lush, manic, beautiful,melancholy, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work, as Green says of the broad dynamics on the album, Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life.1. Migration
2. Break Apart [ft. Rhye]
5. Second Sun
6. Surface [ft. Nicole Miglis]
7. Bambro Koyo Ganda [ft. Innov Gnawa]
10. No Reason [ft. Nick Murphy]
11. 7th Sevens
12. Figures$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The North BordersIt's been almost three years since the release of Bonobo's masterful, mould-breaking Black Sands, an album that saw him touring a hypnotic live show across the world for well over a year. Now, in 2013, he stands ready to take things up yet another notch. 'The North Borders' is a long stride forward - both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of Black Sands. Thematic, resonant, addictive and perfectly formed, it's a thrillingly coherent statement piece.1. First Fires
4. Heaven For The Sinner
8. Don't Wait
9. Know You
11. Ten Tigers
13. Pieces$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Late Night Tales: Bonobo
Unmixed Full Tracks
Limited Edition 180 Gram Heavyweight Virgin Vinyl
Includes Art Print
Half Speed Mastered For Optimum Audiophile Sound Quality
Late Night Tales and Bonobo were pretty much made for each other, it just took them a while to both realize it. Stepping forward into the compilers spotlight for the 33rd edition is Simon Green - aka Bonobo - a musician, producer and DJ perfectly suited to soundtrack an evening spent reclining to some parallel beats.LP 1
1. Dustin O'Halloran - An Ending, A Beginning
2. Khruang Bin - A Calf Is Born In Winter
3. Bonobo - Get Thy Bearings (Exclusive Donovan cover version)
4. Dorando - Didn't I
5. Nina Simone - Baltimore
6. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Flipside
7. Menahan Street Band - The Traitor
8. Andrew Ashong - Flowers
9. Romare -Down The Line
10. Shlohmo - Places
11. Lapalux - Gutter Glitter
12. The Invisible - Wing (Floating Points Mix)
13. Badbadnotgood - Hedron
1. Matthew Bourne - IIV. Juliet
2. Airhead - South Congress
3. Matthew Halsall - Sailing Out To Sea
4. Dorothy Ashby - Essence Of Sapphire
5. Peter And Kerry - One Thing
6. Eddi Front - Gigantic
7. Bill Evans - Peace Piece
8. Benedict Cumberbatch - Flat Of Angles Part 3 (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Days To ComeSimon Green aka Bonobo's third album represents the kind of quantum leap in quality that very few artists make. 'Days To Come' has the feeling of a classic all over - a big, brooding, emotional and uplifting record that you can dance to, do the dishes to, or sit and really study.
Green has always been expert at welding together music dripping with atmosphere, combining his own musical and technical talents in such a way as to make utterly organic-sounding machine music. This is not just a knob-twiddling producer but a multi-instrumentalist at work, who writes, plays and then manipulates almost every note of music he releases. And 'Days To Come' shows a new structural awareness growing from this, a feeling for the song form and the gradual build which raises it way above the work of many of his contemporaries and cries out for him to achieve the kind of mainstream success that his talent has long hinted at.
Bonobo's debut album, 'Animal Magic', was released by Brighton label TruThoughts just as the journalistic vogue for 'chill out' music began to peak. Having rejected the advances of more than one major label, Green decided to sign with Ninja Tune and produced 'Dial 'M' For Monkey', a brooding and intricate record which not only continued his move away from traditional sampling techniques, but broadsided the idea that he only made music for people to listen to in transcendental bubble bath yurts. Now, with 'Days To Come', the processes and techniques he developed on the transitional 'Dial 'M'' have reached fruition.
Rather than turning himself into a producer-for-hire on his own record and delivering a compilation album, Green found one main singer to work with, and her voice certainly adds that crucial edge to proceedings. Bajka (pronounced 'Biker') grew up as part of Embryo, a travelling music commune, whose journies took them through Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan. A smokey, soulful singer, she sounds as at home on the big band soul-jazz of 'Between The Lines' as on the more melancholic Nightlite'. Green is also joined by labelmate and fellow Brightonian Fink on the beautiful come-on 'If You Stayed Over', a gem of emotional pop that sees both artists at the top of their game.
Green hasn't abandoned the instrumentals, though. 'Ketto' arrives with a dreamlike intensity, 'On Your Marks' hits with the all the force of early-era Shadow, while Part 2 of 'Transmissions94' is amongst the most beautiful and transcendent music that this quiet and self-effacing producer has crafted.1. Intro
2. Days To Come
3. Between The Lines
4. The Fever
5. Transmission 94 (Parts 1 & 2)
6. On Your Marks
10. If You stayed Over
11. Walk The Sky
12. Ketto$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Sands RemixedBlack Sands was originally released in 2010 to almost universal critical acclaim and worldwide commercial success. Si Green aka Bonobo moved from being an underground producer of impeccable credentials to a poster boy for a new take on electronic music, contemporary and edgy but also soulful, song-based, sometimes lush but always emotional.
Black Sands Remixed gathers together a group of like-minded musicians and producers to interpret this classic album. Most of the material here has never been heard before and has been gathered with assistance from renowned DJ and Ninja Tune label-head Alexander Nut. Featuring remixes from Machinedrum, FaltyDL, Mark Pritchard and Floating Points among others.1. Kiara (Cosmin TRG Remix)
2. All In Forms (FaltyDL Remix)
3. Eyesdown (ARP 101 Remix)
4. Prelude (Lapalux's Finger on the Tape Remix)
5. Kiara (Funkineven Remix)
6. Eyesdown (Machinedrum Remix)
7. All In Forms (Mike Slott Remix)
8. Stay the Same (Blue Daisy 'Not Quite the Same' Remix)
9. Stay The Same (Mark Pritchard Remix)
10. All In Forms (Letherette Remix)
11. Ghost Ship
12. The Keeper (Banks Remix)
13. Black Sands (Duke Dumont's 'Grains Of Sand' Reconstruction)
14. Eyesdown (feat. Andreya Triana & DELS
15. Brace Brace$23.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The High FrontierLumerians release The High Frontier on through Partisan Records. The name for the album comes from a term coined by Gerard K. O'Neil in his illustrated 1976 book depicting human colonisation of space. The High Frontier contains Krautrock inspired exploration, Afrobeat's ritualistic rhythms, post-punk guitar noise and cracked-glacÉ synth lines culled from perverse 1970s sci-fi soundtracks.
It's a cacophony of sound in which Lumerians acknowledge the role noise and rhythm has always played in transcendent and ecstatic rituals the world over, from the repetitious drums of tribal animists to the penetrating electronic pulses of neon dance clubs.
The six tracks and 33 minutes that make up The High Frontier were recorded and produced in Lumerians' self-built studio/brewery: a room housed in a converted store-front church in a neighbourhood affectionately referred to as the "Murder Dubbs".
The High Frontier brings back the sound of prog rock that was so familiar in the 70s. Uncut described the album as: "a fruitful collision between Boredoms, Neu! and the Grateful Dead" and they are spot on.
Track one Dogon Genesis could easily fit itself into the 70s with no questions asked. Dogon Genesis is a fantastic first track that prepares the listener for the rest of the album. Dogon Genesis could refer to the Dogon tribe of Mali which gives a good indication of how bonkers the record is.
Title track The High Frontier has a completely different sound to that of Dogon Genesis. It's a slower tempo with more deep, bass tones coming through. The drum beat produces a mesmerising rhythm alongside the swooping synth sounds.
Previously disclosed track, The Bloom follows the same theme as The High Frontier. It's strange and eery. It is probably the most experimental song on the record which introduces lots of sounds and plays with the concepts of prog rock to create a brilliantly atmospheric track. The synth sounds heard at the beginning almost sound like sirens, building a sense of tension and fear into the listener.
Koman Tong breaks the album away from eerie and unnerving and plunges it into summer happiness. Koman Tong is still very experimental but it starts to introduce the idea of world influences into Lumerians' music, the guitar is distorted leading it to sound faintly like a sitar in parts while gongs and bells can be heard in the background. It's the best track on the record by far. There is just so much to catch and involve yourself in that you will instantly become lost in the music - cliched as it may sound.
Smokies Tangle turns the album back to its 70s prog rock style while the last track, Life Without Skin again oozes world influences, foreign vocals and jazz inspired drum beats to create a superb end track. It has a fantastic rhythm and melody and can easily be placed as one of the best songs on The High Frontier. It's also one of the only tracks on the album that uses influences from Lounge - think Bonobo vs prog rock and you're almost there.
The High Frontier is a mesmerizing account of weirdness and oddity that will leave you wanting to hear more. Each track has so many layers to it that you really will become immersed in this record. It's 33 minutes of experiments, fusion of genres and rule-breaking in the music world. A triumph.
- Rocking Republic1. Burning Mirrors
2. Black Tusk
3. Shortwave Fields
4. Atlanta Brook
6. Calalini Rises
8. Melting Space
9. Gaussian Castles$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One Offs... Remixes & B SidesReissue Of The Classic Remixes And B Sides Release
Remixes From Quantic, Jon Kennedy, Amon Tobin And Bonobo
Successfully beating the bootleggers at their own game, 'One Offs' offers Bonobo fans the chance to get their mitts on rare 12 and 7 cuts, as well as some truly exceptional remixes.
In between Bonobos critically-acclaimed debut, Animal Magic, and his first album for Ninja Tune, Dial M for Monkey, Tru Thoughts decided to release this compilation of hard-to-find tracks from his early 12s, 7s, and remixes (especially after they found bootlegs of the music appearing). The songs on this album capture many different moods and scenes, evoking wide swathes of differing emotions and musical styles (for example, check the Italian feel of The Sicilian originally released on Fly Casual, or the Arabian edge to the Monkey Man's reworking of Amon Tobin's Four Ton Mantis). All the while though, the album retains a recognizable musical signature of its own: this balance between broad-minded eclecticism and a well-defined style gives some indication as to why Bonobos music, as well as being critically lauded, has been licensed to over 50 compilation albums across the world, covering a variety of music scenes!1. Pilote - Turtle (Bonobo Mix)
2. Mechanical Me - Beachy Head (Bonobo Mix)
3. Bonobo - The Plug (Quantic Mix)
4. Bonobo - Dismantling Frank
5. Bonobo - Dinosaurs (Jon Kennedy Mix)
6. Bonobo - The Sicilian
7. Bonobo - The Shark
8. Amon Tobin - Four Ton Mantis (Bonobo Mix)
9. Jon Kennedy - Tell me How You Feel (Bonobo Remix)
10. Bonobo - Magicman
11. Bonobo - Scuba$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Petals Have FallenKieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, "Petals Have Fallen," and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, "GOB," DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop - intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could have expected him to display them with such consistency, such delicacy and such supreme confidence. His explanation of the title of the record perfectly sums up Gallear's aesthetic, plus providing a handy definition of what it is to make art: "the urge to protect something precious that will ultimately fall apart." There's plenty that you could pick out individually from this record. From the sung opening of "Limbo" there are spine-tingling moments galore. The hard rhyming over an epic beat on "Fall Apart." The combination of Kerry Leatham's vocals, Bonobo's beat and DELS' wordplay on "Pulls." The free-rolling exuberance of "Pack of Wolves." The delicacy of "Petals Have Fallen." Plus, of course, re-works of the brilliant "Bird Milk" and "You Live In My Head," both of which were included on the "Bird Milk" EP last year and hammered by Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Huw Stephens, amongst others. But just as impressive is the consistent feel of the record as an album, where moods and images and sonics develop and mutate but hold together as a whole. Some of this comes from the deployment of DELS' long-term collaborator, Kwes in the role of Executive Producer and "reducer."Only one of the tracks is produced solely by Kwes, with beats provided by Bonobo, Micachu (fresh from her triumph as the soundtracker for "Under the Skin"), Blue May, Eli-T and others. But Kwes and DELS took every track back to his studio to provide additional production and an overall feel to the whole album. Throw in guest performances by some of the most exciting singers in the UK today (Kerry Leatham, Rosie Lowe, Tirzah, Bila and Elan Tamara) and you have a palette which has been extended even further. More even than any of that is the leap in DELS' own abilities. Put simply, Gallear has developed the confidence to be exactly and only himself - at times sensitive and romantic, at others sarcastic and funny, even ready to take the piss out of himself: "Some say I'm anxious/ I just think I need to eat cheese less." Gallear has talked about how he uses visuals as well as music to inspire his writing and "Petals Have Fallen" is a record which you almost see as much as hear, one in which moments in time are suspended in images like prehistoric insects in amber. Already hotly-tipped as an MC and carving out a successful career as a designer and video director, DELS brings together all his interests and talents on this, a stand out album, which delivers and then some on The Times' verdict that he is "the future of UK hip hop."1. Limbo
2. Fall Apart
3. House of Commons
4. Pulls - DELS feat. Kerry Leatham
5. You Live In My Head (Album Version) - DELS feat. Elan Tamara
6. Burning Beaches - DELS feat. Rosie Lowe
7. Pack Of Wolves
9. Bird Milk - DELS feat. BILA
10. Lost For Words
11. Petals Have Fallen$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Eighty OneLandscape and memory have always played a central part in the music of Joe Corrales Jr. aka Yppah (pronounced yippah). Its what gives his tunes both their sense of place, their physicality, and their ethereal, almost nostalgic, sweetness. His third album for Ninja Tune reflects a change in the landscape around him. Midway through the process of recording the demos for what became Eighty One, Corrales started making regular trips to Galveston, on the Texas Gulf coast, to surf. So energized was he by his experiences, he left his home in Texas and moved to Long Beach, CA. Unsurprisingly then, he says that the images he had in his head as he made his new music were of the sea and the beach. I wanted a lot of the songs to feel like a warm wash, he explains.
On tracks like Blue Schwinn you can feel the pull and push of the ocean, the sun refracting through water. Corales' bifurcated belief in the power of both hip hop and My Bloody Valentine is still evident, but this is the warmest, most uplifting music he has made. This is reinforced by Corrales other source of inspiration. The record takes its title from the year Corrales was born and, perhaps the very act of moving away from childhood locales stirred up memories from random times in my life. Like I was trying to recreate certain feelings I had at different points in my life with melodies, if that makes any sense. And he goes on to ask, You know how when youre a child you feel your life has a certain melodic theme that you cant really put your finger on and you can almost hear it, but its not anything youve ever heard before? Eighty One is his attempt to capture those melodies.
The last piece in this act of reinvention is the presence on four tracks by Anomie Belle, a singer, producer and classically trained violinist based in Seattle. The pair met when Yppah was touring with Bonobo in 2010. The pair hit it off and Corrales contributed a remix to Belles album, The Crush. In return, she offered to listen to demos of Eighty One to see if she could find a track which she could add something to. In the words of Yppah, it was such a natural fit she ended up doing four! Beautiful, uplifting and imbued with a natural, unaffected warmth that cuts through the most biting cold, Eighty One is Yppahs most satisfying work yet.1. Blue Schwinn
2. D. Song (feat. Anomie Belle)
3. R. Mullen
4. Film Burn (feat. Anomie Belle)
5. Never Mess With Sunday
6. Happy to See You
7. Soon Enough (feat. Anomie Belle)
8. Paper Knife
9. Golden Braid
10. Three Portraits (feat. Anomie Belle)
11. Some Have Said$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ProjectionsGreat dance music albums - albums that sound as good on headphones and home speakers as they do on club soundsystems - aren't easily made. In a form whose primary aims have been to move dancefloors and to move on, full lengths that thrill the head, heart and the feet with equal power are few and far between. We believe Romare has made one.
With the gripping shock of the new that announces the best records of the genre - from Entroducing through Blue Lines to Ambient Classics - Romare has both a singular style, and great deal to say with it. Projections comes off like Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow; its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy - and unabashedly joyous.
The album is a heady mix of homage and fresh approach, a statement from a young artist unafraid to revel in his influences, and confident in his own originality. The songs on Projections are homages to elements of American/African culture in the USA - which Romare studied academically. Taking his name from Romare Bearden, the well-known cut'n'paste artist / collagist, and applying similar techniques to music.
Rainbow is a homage to gay rights via disco in the 70's, and Work Song to the great American work song tradition. Opener "Nina's Charm" sets out the stall for the album. A tiny, near spoken snippet of Nina Simone's voice is set against a hypnotic synth riff and a dislocated gospel-choir chant. The result is something utterly fresh; a tone setter that worms through the ear and floods the brain in soothing catharsis. "Motherless Child" opens with a shuffling jazz swing, allowing its sample of the African-American spiritual from which it takes its title to shine in full. When a simple, riff-like melody arrives, the song transforms into a sultry, glorious slow-dance workout. "Lover Man's" striking, cut-up synth riff is set up against chiming stabs and slurred chords, a snatched, swing vocal enticing us in to the wonkiest of grooves.
Romare reimagines the profound cultural impact of the collage technique for a new generation of music listeners. With his signing to Ninja Tune, coming hot on the heels of his excellent 12"s on underground institution Black Acre, and compilation inclusions by Tiga, Bonobo and Brownswood, the stage is set for his debut album. Projections, like the best albums from the dance music world, is informed by scenes and genres but not entirely of them. It's a self-contained universe that rewards much exploration. Most of all, it's excited about the possibilities within music, and vastly exciting itself.1. Nina's Charm
2. Work Song
3. Motherless Child
4. Ray's Foot
6. Jimmy's Lament
7. Lover Man
9. Prison Blues
10. The Drifter
11. La Petite Mort$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
LustmoreLapalux knew where and how his sound should change with a second album. As a result, Lustmore feels like a record as compulsively inspired and meticulously crafted as you're likely to hear in 2015. Lustmore is loosely based on the experience of hypnogogia, a transitional state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. Listeners familiar with his 2011 debut, Nostalchic, will know that Stuart Howard's woozy, infectious rhythms, enveloping textures and unfamiliarly familiar melodies conjure that territory perfectly. Lapalux attracted the direct attention of Brainfeeder label owner and electronic music icon Flying Lotus in 2010, and was quickly snapped up by the imprint. Acclaimed early EPs were followed by a number of remixes including Bonobo, Andreya Triana, Lianne La Havas amongst others, before his debut album Nostalchic arrived in 2011. On its release Mojo asserted that: "Lapalux has joined the ranks of contemporary electronica's finest, like FlyLo himself." The album was a high watermark, and a statement of intent by a young producer who was pushing electronic music forward.1. U Never Know (feat. Andreya Triana)
2. Sum Body
3. Closure (feat. Szjerdene)
4. Midnight Peelers
5. Push N' Spun
6. We Lost
7. Autumn (Tape Interlude)
8. Puzzle (feat. Andreya Triana)
10. Don't Mean A Thing
12. Make Money
13. Funny Games$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now