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There are highbrow music fans who appreciate Bonobo’s chilled-out, downtempo, intelligent symphonic trance, and those who want earfuls of electronic funk. Weekend revelers who decide to check out award-winning DJ/producer and Bonobo founder Simon Green are in for both when he takes over the table at Space Truckin’, thirtyninehotel’s monthly music showcase.
Mixing grooves drenched in soothing samples with breathing instrumentation and perfect vocals lends a relaxed ambience to Bonobo’s sound. Black Sands is his most critically acclaimed album so far, but his anticipated follow up, The North Borders, will drop on April 2 in the U.S. and features vocals with Grey Reverend and Erykah Badu.
Green plays every instrument on his recorded tracks and tours with a live band, but adds that his DJ sets are more about “dance, rather than the spectacle of performance. DJing is more immediate. It can be livelier and it can be more hypnotic.”
Green calls this set–his last before a mainland and European tour–“the calm before the storm. I’ll play a lot of my own stuff and music that I’m feeling, like new electronic or soulful, interesting music. A lot of old stuff: world, funk–it kind of goes all over the place. You just feel the crowd, see where it takes you.”