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Dial P for a party with Bonobo in Camden


Story: Jack Foley

SIMON Green, aka Bonobo, is back with another nine perfectly formed tracks on his first album on the Ninja Tune label.

Green may not be as household a name as, say Fatboy Slim (another of Brighton's favourite musical sons), but he has come a long way fast, progressing from the little-known Tru Thoughts label to the high profile stable of Ninja Tunes.

His last album, Remixes and B-sides, was his lasting legacy to Tru Thoughts - and was a sublime collection of tracks chronicling the best known and least known of his records since 1999, including Turtle (as featured in One 2 One's advertising campaigns), and gems such as The Sicilian and Scuba.

His latest album, Dial M for Monkey, suggests he has lost none of his musical style, as the Ninja Tunes website contains 2-minute samples from each of the nine tracks.

From the opener, Noctuary, with its creepy stoned-Hammer feel, through the headnod sitar-funk of Flutter, the first third of the record sets out the tone for what is to follow – all beautfiully melodic and perfectly assembled but with enough of a creeping undertow to stop the music becoming empty or saccharine.

Of the other tracks highlighted in the publicity material, Change Down is described as being all double bass folk and cut-up drums, Wayward Bob is a devilish waltz, while single Pick Up is a straight funk ‘n’ flute throw down.

Other tracks include Something For Windy, Nothing Owed and Light Pattern.

With all instruments played, sampled and sequenced by Green’s own fair hand, there is a consistency here, both within the tunes and across the record, that crate diggers can only dream of.

To mark the release of Dial M for Monkey, on Monday, June 9, there will be a special launch party on Sunday, June 8, Upstairs at The Lock Tavern, at 35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden NW1.

Taking place from 6.30pm until 10.30pm, the evening promises a barbeque and drinks on the roof terrace, as well as free banana daquiries, monkey nuts & Bonobo DJing all night!

Entrance is free, so Bonobo fans are advised to get there early - the venue only holds 150.

And stay tuned for the IndieLondon verdict on the new album shortly.

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