Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed

Simon Green (aka Bonobo) released an album in 2010 called Black Sands; it was a magnificent piece of work and widely acclaimed. Trip hop at its finest. It was inevitable then that a remix album would follow. And here it is. And it is a truly superb album. Anyone with even the remotest interest in multi-layered, hugely atmospheric soundscapes has got to get their hands on this.  It’s trip hop and dubstep all mixed and mashed with some wonderfully jazz/electro moments – the whole kit and caboodle of electronic music.

There are several standout tracks by some seriously talented producers here. Google the album and you’ll find some good, solid reviews. For me, the tracks that immediately lift this album far and above the parapets of its peers are these:

The album is out on Monday. And you can grab a copy here

Music Monday III

The third music monday – my how time flies.  Not had much of that over the past few days to post more bits and pieces what with Christmas looming ever closer.  I promised that my next post music-wise would be a little livelier than has been my wont to pop up here of late and so this time I’m posting about a guy who has been getting a lot of praise on various blogs and websites over the past few months and deservedly so.

His name’s Dayve Hawke who, like Goldmund (see the last post) records under a variety of monikers.  His latest album is an amalgamation of two different personas – ‘Weird Tapes’ (electro infused dance) and ‘Memory Cassette’ (more electro but slightly more whimsical) to produce ‘Memory Tapes’, which is rather apt for this blog I think.
The album, called ‘Seek Magic’, is available on limited edition exclusively at Rough Trade in London – the link (as always) is below.  They say this album sounds like “Cocteau Twins, New Order and My Bloody Valentine” which, apart from the My Bloody Valentine reference (which I can’t hear) is a neat summation of sorts – what it definitely is is brilliantly original woozy synth pop.  And I hope you like it just as much as I do!