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Double vinyl LP pressing includes dowload code. It's been almost three years since the release of Bonobo's masterful, mould-breaking Black Sands, an album that saw him touring a hypnotic live show across the world for well over a year. Now, in 2013, he stands ready to take things up yet another notch. 'The North Borders' is a long stride forward - both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of Black Sands. Thematic, resonant, addictive and perfectly formed, it's a thrillingly coherent statement piece.

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  • Vinyl (April 2, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00B0VI23A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his powers. His 2013 album ‘The North Borders’ was the high watermark of his career to date: a masterful record, marrying Green's inimitable melodic genius to cutting edge electronics, bass and drums.

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So essentially, Bonobo albums are space elevator music.
Russ Bashaw
"Pieces," Cinematic, layered and harmonizing vocal rhythm along with frontal vocals, strings and great forward moving beat.
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I am a huge fan of Bonobo and was really excited to see this one coming out.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bryant Phillips on April 2, 2013
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This past year has been a series of let-downs as artists I previously liked and was very excited to hear new music from disappointed by shunning the qualities that made them successful in the first place. Fear not - Bonobo delivers, big time. This is an artist who is able to shift and expand his sound from album to album without losing his best qualities. In a way, Bonobo has gone back to his roots in The North Borders, almost completely eliminating the jazz-influenced sounds of Days To Come (which, admittedly, I will miss) while reintroducing many of the quirky instruments from his first two albums (xylophones for instance) combined with the synth and club beats he introduced in Black Sands. The result is by far his most textured and layered album to date, with so many sounds and instruments and clips in the background it almost sounds like IDM music, only far more sweeping with a much richer sound.

There are a few downsides. The album is bracketed by the two worst tracks on it (the first and the last). Do not let these songs dictate the sound of the album, as is immediately obvious with the second track, Emkay, one of the album's best. Other stand-outs are Cirrus (though the radio edit is the better version), Know You, and especially Ten Tigers and Transits, the best two tracks by far. Ten Tigers starts like a night at the club and morphs seamlessly into one of the most beautiful tracks Bonobo has ever crafted. Transits is what I'd call the best "single" from the album featuring gorgeous vocals to a moody effervescent flow. Overall, this album is on par with Black Sands and nearly on par with my favorite, Days To Come, which is to say it's a masterful album that demonstrates how well Bonobo can adapt and expand his sounds without losing anything in the process.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toby Farley on April 13, 2013
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Whereas many artists get redundant and obviously bored with their craft, Bonobo only seems to get better every time. I can't stop playing it. If it were vinyl it would be worn out already. I don't have any specific favorites but Cirrus is good and the video for it is one of the best videos ever. I have all his albums and and this one is going to be my favorite unless he out does himself again. This one has the same chilled out jazzy sound as his previous work but the sounds are quite new and they are brighter and sharper than his previous work. If I had to sum it up I would say this is one is more vibrant. There are no tracks that I feel compelled to skip over which is quite unusual for me.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Z. Mehrbach on April 2, 2013
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I've always loved Bonobo, and more specifically Simon Green for his incredible musical sense in creating some of the best down-tempo trip hop I've ever heard. Not only will this music exercise your speakers, but it will captivate your mind. I'm astonished at how every time I listen to Bonobo I feel like I'm discovering something new, and for the most part that is the case here.

As I listen to "North Borders" I don't feel as if the tone or style of the album is anything new when referenced to past work, but it maintains the same brilliance that made me such a fan in the first place. So to some extent, this can be attributed to the past success of Bonobo...which you really can't fault.

The album as a whole is somewhat more laid back than past work, with slightly more atmospheric passages, and the music seems to transcend mood for me, as I can easily listen to it when I'm trying to get work done or just want to jam out. The lyrics as usual for Bonobo are sparse, reflective and well placed.

This album is worth a complete purchase, but if looking fora few "best of" tracks go for:

"Towers," Awesome lyrical song, nice downtempo rhythm with syncopated synths throughout, builds for an excellent 3+ minutes.

"Ten Tigers," Typewriter sounds, deep bass, forward keys and harp throughout. Chill and remorseful. One of my favorite instrumentals here.

"Jets," Uses the female vocal as part of the song and rhythm. A great get down track with soul.

"Heaven for the Sinner," Nice female vocal, builds throughout by adding pieces to the track. Layered nicely with nice frenetic yet chill spacing.

"Pieces," Cinematic, layered and harmonizing vocal rhythm along with frontal vocals, strings and great forward moving beat. Really really cool track.

As usual an amazing album, very cohesive when listened to as a whole, Down-Tempo Trip Hop doesn't get any better than Bonobo. 4.5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MURobWilliams71 on June 7, 2013
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Excellent mix of several musical styles from hip-hop to house, with some funk and a smooth jazz finish!

I saw them in Portland at the legendary Crystal Ballroom, and I had high hopes. I was blown away! Classy guys (and gal). Very professional.

Black Sands is a previous release from this underrated band built around, in my opinion, one of the best composer/writers around today.

Rob
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Holloway on August 30, 2013
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Though I liked this album, I still feel that Black Sands is the best album he's put out. It could be Andreya Trianna's voice, or the time in my life (or the triptych!), but there was something magical in that album, and North Borders falls just a bit shy.

Despite that, I first heard most tracks at a live concert, and it was a wonderful show as usual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry M Brown, Jr. on July 18, 2013
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Full disclosure: I knew nothing about Bonobo until Ninja Tune's tie-in with Cartoon Network's IGPX, where the label (and their two sister labels) had their catalog sampled for the soundtrack and the "Zen: A Retrospective" album, where the track "Pick Up" became one of my favorites out of that double album. However, years later, I dug into listening to Bonobo's work before Black Sands.

Now, based on what I've heard from then up to The North Borders, there was a definite change in the production style between Dial M for Monkey and Days To Come. Bonobo's sound started to trend towards mellow, earthy lounge and ambient with a nice spark and thumping bass to many tracks that made you take notice of each track's subtleties. I believe that this album is another step into an intriguing evolution for Bonobo sound-wise (no pun intended). Definitely a good follow-up to Black Sands.
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