Simon Green goes by the stage name Bonobo. He recently released his fourth album, Black Sands. Every album is an impressive, well crafted work of art and Green’s development and growth as a musician and producer is on full display. As I’ve gone through his catalog, each album seems better than the preceding one. It’s especially fun to see what a producer like Green comes up with next.
Blending jazz infused hip hop with electro-funk beats, Black Sands is another success for Green. ”Kong” and “All In Forms” are great, more classic Bonobo style songs while “Kiara” and “1009″ are something newer and more adventurous. The album shows a wide influence of genres and styles but manages to keep a strong, unifying tone- some Green has always been good at. ”Eyesdown” and “El Toro” add to that rich sound and steady vibe carried on throughout the album. If you look at it or hear it like I do, the album is a great and very cool piece of music art.
Black Sands (Ninja Tune, March 2010)