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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$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs 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
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
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$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sparks EPChrome Sparks is the project of Brooklyn-based producer Jeremy Malvin. Sparks EP-his debut body of work,
released on Future Classics-saw the release of lead single 'Marijuana' and 'Send The Pain On', and positioned
him as an in-demand collaborator and tour artist (supporting the likes of Flume, Bonobo and XXYYXX). Sparks EP
is a monumental debut that pushes into a new frontier of cosmic electronic music; the more you listen, the greater
you'll discover.1. Your Planet
3. Cosmic Claps Of Love
4. Send The Pain On,
5. Gates To Heaven$22.99Vinyl LP - 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