Bonobo - Animal Magic - 2000 Downtempo Future Jazz - Ltd Yellow 180 Grm 2LP
Bonobo – Animal Magic
Tru Thoughts – TRU LP 007
2 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Yellow
Front sticker: "Bonobo's seminal debut album 'Animal Magic' available for the first time on Limited Edition Yellow 180g vinyl."
09 Aug 2019
Future Jazz, Downtempo
A1 Intro 0:46
A2 Sleepy Seven 5:22
A3 Dinosaurs 4:01
B1 Kota 5:24
B2 Terrapin 4:39
B3 The Plug 5:18
C1 Shadowtricks 4:08
C2 Gypsy 3:38
D1 Sugar Rhyme 4:47
D2 Silver 6:33
Phonographic Copyright (p) Tru Thoughts Recordings
Copyright (c) Tru Thoughts Recordings
Pressed By MPO
Published By Full Thought Publishing
A&R Robert Luis
Design [Monkey Logo] Mark Hooley
Design, Photography By Red Design
Photography By Dom @ Drunk
Written-By, Arranged By, Producer Simon Green
2000 Tru Thoughts Recordings.
© 2000 Tru Thoughts Recordings.
Made in EU.
Although the release of Simon Green's debut single for Tru Thoughts attracted the attention of heavy hitters XL and Mute he remained with the label for Animal Magic, his debut album. With a number of labels snapping at his heels, he eventually caved in--securing an apprenticeship with those perennials of the chattering down-tempo classes Ninja Tune--who deemed the elegant strings, strolling bass lines and summery mixture of samples and live instrumentation of Animal Magic fresh enough to warrant a reissue. Essentially then, an album of esteemed horizontal grooves so good it came out twice.
There's a paper waiting to happen that discusses why everyone with a computer, some string samples and a half-speed beat thinks they can make quality downtempo music. Just look at the sheer volume of modern lounge material released monthly, repackaged ten different ways with all the hot nametags. Much of it has craftsmanship, but how much has inspiration?
That's the noticeable ingredient on Simon Green (Bonobo's) slow motion debut Animal Magic. Within the rich textures of each track, and the earnest instrumentation - chimes and Asian cooing on "Sleepy Seven", sitar, keyboard twinkles and back-looped voices of "Terrrapin" the idea and the hook are clearly felt.
Highly lauded "Kota" has already been a huge hit, the guitar plucks, swooning strings, and present bass thump woven into heartfelt song. "The Plug" slowly winds in muted horns, (again) stylized strings, and a slice of old soul that somehow Moby missed. Near the end, Green even opens it up a bit, closing with some cranked up drum programming and jazz showmanship.
It's a cohesive album with an appreciably diverse field of sounds within. Not quite a five star wonder, perhaps, but as the work of one man? Superb. Next time you have the itch for a Now That's What I Call Chill factory comp, what say you give an artist album a try instead?
Bonobo, a new signing to the magnificent Ninja Tune label (those underground cats who can do no wrong), will surely please those who know proper records don't sell 10 million copies and aren't found at the Virgin megastore.
I will keep this short and sweet, as not much really needs to be said about "Animal Magic", other than it's flat out beautiful, soulful music, quite mellow and damn near impossible to throw into any one genre- which is what makes a good record.. the downfall of the whole music industry and all it's cookie-cutter bands/groups is that they all try to stay within one genre, so that the record can be easily and neatly placed in the proper section at your local K-Mart. Back to the matter at hand...
"Animal Magic" would probably be found in your "trip-hop" section of the record store, as most of the songs are beat driven, though blues, soul, and a touch of jazz play a part as well. If you're familiar with the brilliant Amon Tobin, you'll probably find much of this record similar to Amon's down-tempo work, though Bonobo's music is sweeter, gentler, not quite as devious as the sinister Amon's.