If you have followed the stylistic progression of British DJ, producer, musician Simon Green (aka Bonobo) since his first full length release back in 2000 there has been a very fascinating progression through the years. It’s taken him from sparser acid jazz leanings in the downtempo sphere to music that is now much more compositionally sophisticated. Still though, there are certain trademark sounds that weave together this progression of time: funky, complex bass lines, bits and threads of sampled and tweaked female vocals, xylophone keys and an overall sonic richness that is instantly recognizable as Bonobo.
Something about his music has always reminded me of a jungle; the complex cacophony that sounds and feels like a whole lotta life happening all at once but is still just patterned enough that it hasn’t tipped into chaos. At the musical helm of another less accomplished or talented hand though, the results might be quite different.
Here at the end of 2014, he releases the three song EP, The Flashlight, and my favorite of the EP, “Return to Air,” which sees him creating some of his more straight ahead dance oriented tracks to date (at least as close we might see him get). This is beautiful music, custom built for headphones and audiophiloholic hi-fi set ups; lush and gorgeous sounding, the perfect soundtrack for both the tropical breezes of southern hemisphere summers and the warming fires of northern hemisphere winters.