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by Bonobo
Black Sands by Bonobo
Released: Mar 2010
Label: Ninja Tune
On his fourth album under the simian pseudonym, Simon Green continues to refine his unique brand of downtempo music. Instead of sampling, Green creates most of his source material himself, laying down drums, bass, keys and horns and then arranging the parts into fluid, funky jams. His primary model is the orchestral soul of Isaac Hayes or Marvin Gaye, but it's updated by touches of dub, hip-hop and even U.K. garage. Like Four Tet, it's music that flaunts description -- post-folktronica? Neo-neo-soul? -- and seduces you into meeting it on its own generous terms.
Philip Sherburne
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