CD Review: Bonobo- Black Sands

When I sit down at KWVA to do a mix, I always imagine myself on Solid Steel Radio, hanging out with the DJs that continue to inspire me with the amazing mixes they put out every week. Listening to Ninja Tune’s radio show has been a definite driving force behind my passion for DJing as well as their assortment of amazing artists.

Last week on my show I got my mits on the new Bonobo album, Black Sands. Definitely true to the Ninja Tune vibe, this album has a very laid back groove with some very cool layers. Its very organic sounding, but  with a very big and present bass. Its the kind of thing to listen to while winding down for the day, or to take away the pain of getting ready for your midterm on AJAX and the DOM.

Recommended Tracks: All. Just do what I did and sit, chill out and let the rich grooves take your mind to a more relaxing place. I think “All in Forms” sounds familiar for some reason, probably through my stalking of Ninja Tune on Soundcloud.

RIYL: Anything on Ninja Tune is pretty amazing, including stuff like Blockhead, The Cinematic Orchestra, Amon Tobin, Hexstatic, and one of my all time favorites, Mr. Scruff. If for some horrible reason you wanted to avoid Ninja Tune, stuff like For Tet and Portishead come to mind, although  Andreya Triana is a lot more soulful than Beth Gibbons.