12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The tension between lush instrumental arrangements and digital trickery energizes every iota of Bonobo’s fourth album, in which broken beats and sampler-assisted jazz frequently blossom into flickering electronic futurism. The Eastern-tinged melody of the opening “Prelude” shows how far the UK downtempo producer’s horizons have expanded here, as he delves into Latin grooves on “We Could Forever” and turns the hip-hop beats of “Kong” into a dynamic play of electro-acoustic textures. Andreya Triana shines on “Eyesdown,” transforming Bonobo’s moody collage work into full-fledged modern soul.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The tension between lush instrumental arrangements and digital trickery energizes every iota of Bonobo’s fourth album, in which broken beats and sampler-assisted jazz frequently blossom into flickering electronic futurism. The Eastern-tinged melody of the opening “Prelude” shows how far the UK downtempo producer’s horizons have expanded here, as he delves into Latin grooves on “We Could Forever” and turns the hip-hop beats of “Kong” into a dynamic play of electro-acoustic textures. Andreya Triana shines on “Eyesdown,” transforming Bonobo’s moody collage work into full-fledged modern soul.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
223 Ratings

223 Ratings

sulciphur ,

The Best Yet

I've listened to Bonobo since, well, as long as they've been around, so I'd consider myself a big fan. With that preface, you can understand how strongly I feel about this album when I will unequivocally say that it is the best Bonobo album yet.

More consistent than any of his earlier album's, "Black Sands" may almost feel like a concept album if you're in the right mood and are listening to it end-to-end. The sonic landscapes are amazingly lush here, while still varying from song to song enough to give the album texture and dynamism.

All in all, probably the best single album I've found in over a year. I can't highly recommend it enough, and you're missing an amazing listening experience if you pass this one up.

Abacus321 ,

Kong is amazing

I've heard all bonobo albums and they keep getting better. The track Kong blew me away- like nothing he has done before. Stay the Same has the most heartwarming solo (clarinet?) and 1009 is straight from the future. If I met bonobo I would give him a big hug for creating something so beautiful.

Mr. Spicy ,

Yes SIR!!!!!!

The sound quality of this album, particularly the acoustic stuff, is IN-CRED-I-BLE.
The clarity, presence, production is just ridiculous. I don't want to know how much coin Bonobo laid down to do this album, but the fidelity is ridiculous.
At least download Stay the Same. I think most people agree that Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best produced albums ever. Coldplay Parachutes has one of the best "live" sounding studio albums to date. This Bonobo album is somewhere in the middle. I hope Simon Green reads this, as he writes another check for the studio and microphone rentals.

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