15 Songs, 1 Hour 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rewarding fans for the long wait between 2006’s Days to Come and 2010’s Black Sands, Simon Green (a.k.a. Bonobo) delivers a 2012 remix of the latter that upstages the original with various electronic subgenre styles produced by an awesome array of studio wizards. The Essex, England–based Lapalux transforms the original album’s 1:18 introduction into an ambient orchestration. His “Finger on the Tape Remix” of “Prelude” plays for three extra minutes, extending the exotic string arrangements with watery ambience. Andreya Triana’s soulful and sultry harmonies get stripped down to one vocal track cooing over Banks’ acoustic reworking of “The Keeper.” With four different remixes, “Eyesdown” is the album's most popular chunk of sonic molding clay. Floating Points takes out the lo-fi vinyl hiss, crackles, and pops before shaping the tune into a mellow two-step affair, while ARP 101 turns it inside out and tacks on wonky analog synths and wobbling dubstep bass. Meanwhile, DELS throws in laid-back rhymes before Machine Drum runs it through the jungle with intense heart-attack beats.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rewarding fans for the long wait between 2006’s Days to Come and 2010’s Black Sands, Simon Green (a.k.a. Bonobo) delivers a 2012 remix of the latter that upstages the original with various electronic subgenre styles produced by an awesome array of studio wizards. The Essex, England–based Lapalux transforms the original album’s 1:18 introduction into an ambient orchestration. His “Finger on the Tape Remix” of “Prelude” plays for three extra minutes, extending the exotic string arrangements with watery ambience. Andreya Triana’s soulful and sultry harmonies get stripped down to one vocal track cooing over Banks’ acoustic reworking of “The Keeper.” With four different remixes, “Eyesdown” is the album's most popular chunk of sonic molding clay. Floating Points takes out the lo-fi vinyl hiss, crackles, and pops before shaping the tune into a mellow two-step affair, while ARP 101 turns it inside out and tacks on wonky analog synths and wobbling dubstep bass. Meanwhile, DELS throws in laid-back rhymes before Machine Drum runs it through the jungle with intense heart-attack beats.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Aa Montez ,

The Keeper! Banks remix

Once that bass lets the beat creep in, you are caught. Hits you in the chest with a velvet glove.
Quality headphones required.

DJKurvature ,

The Keeper

There needs to be an entire album like track 2 "The Keeper" Banks Remix. What an awesome track. Hard to find a full album of stuff like that.

NickMerritt ,

A few great individual songs, but as an album, does not compare to original Black Sands

This album as a whole was very disappointing. Nearly every remix was much less enjoyable than the original song. Even not compared to the originals, many of the mixes were abrasive to listen to. Despite the lack of constant quality, this album does have a few very good songs to offer. The Banks remix of The Keeper, the remix of the Prelude, and the two Bonobo original tracks (especially Ghost Ship) are worth checking out. My advice is to listen to the one and a half minute sample of every song and decide whether the album as a whole is worth the price to you. I personally wish i had bought the three or four songs that i enjoyed and saved a little money.

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