Bonobo set for Edinburgh show at Departure Lounge
- Henry Northmore
- 17 February 2010
Soul, jazz, hip hop and electronica producer of note
What kind of monkey business is this?
OK, very clever. Bonobos are indeed a species of small Chimpanzees (which are apes not monkeys for the record) but the Bonobo in question here is Simon Green who has released a slew of jazzy beats on Tru Thoughts and Ninja Tune.
Good pedigree. What might I have heard?
Any of his previous long players (Animal Magic, Dial ‘M’ For Monkey and Days to Come) released on the aforementioned labels, not forgetting a Solid Steel mix, a host of EPs and even a DVD (2009’s Live at Koko) while his new album Black Sands hits the shops this March. Each features a laid-back mix of jazz funk, deep electronic grooves and languid hip hop beats.
Nice. But is it too chilled for the dancefloor?
No way. ‘When Bonobo made his debut at Departure Lounge in 2008 he absolutely nailed it with an expertly mixed set ranging from hip hop, funk, electronica, Balkan, drum & bass and the rest, alongside numerous tasty mixes of his own gear,’ explain the heads at Departure Lounge (where he’s guesting this fortnight). ‘Many of our regulars hold that night up as one of the best in our seven year existence – mighty praise indeed. We can’t wait to see what the master will deliver this time round.’
I’m convinced. Anything else you’re dying to tell me?
It’s also well worth pointing out that a DJ set from Bonobo isn’t the only special feature at this month’s Departure Lounge as there will be live jazz/reggae/funk fusion from Edinburgh five-piece The Ordinary Allstars.
Bonobo guests Departure Lounge, The Caves, Edinburgh, Fri 26 Feb.