New York, 2013, by Andrew de Francesco.
|Birth name||Simon Green|
|Also known as||Bonobo
30 March 1976 |
Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
|Genres||Downtempo, trip hop, electronic|
|Labels||Ninja Tune, Tru Thoughts|
|Associated acts||Nirobi & Barakas, Szjerdene, Bajka, Andreya Triana|
Simon Green (born 30 March 1976), known by his stage name Bonobo, is a British musician, producer and DJ.
Green's first release under the moniker Bonobo was in October 1999 with the song "Terrapin" on the Tru Thoughts compilation When Shapes Join Together. He released his debut album Animal Magic on Tru Thoughts in 2001. With this album, completely self-produced and self-instrumented, he became one of the "new downtempo pioneers."
In 2001, Bonobo was signed to Coldcut's label Ninja Tune and in 2003, after one album of remixes on Tru Thoughts in 2002, he released Dial 'M' For Monkey. In 2005, Bonobo contributed to the Solid Steel series, with his Bonobo Presents Solid Steel: "It Came From The Sea", the release date was scheduled for 10 October 2005, but was released a week early, the mix features several exclusive tracks as well as remixes and re-edits.
His third album, entitled Days to Come, was released on 2 October 2006, the first single from the album was "Nightlite", featuring vocals by Bajka. Following Days to Come his tracks have appeared in a number of media-related items. Days to Come was voted Best Album of 2006 by Gilles Peterson's listeners.
The song "The Keeper" featuring vocals by Andreya Triana was released in September 2009 as the lead single from his fourth album Black Sands, released in March 2010. Black Sands brought rapturous praise and saw Green expanding his music to include gamelan, afrobeat and middle eastern music influences. After their collaboration for Black Sands, Green produced Andreya Triana's debut album Lost Where I Belong.
In February 2012, Black Sands Remixed was released on Ninja Tune, featuring tracks from the original Black Sands record remixed by electronic producers such as Machinedrum, Lapalux, Floating Points and Mark Pritchard.
The first single off the most recent Bonobo album, "Cirrus", was given its worldwide debut on Gilles Peterson's BBC Radio 6 programme on 19 January 2013. The new album is titled The North Borders and was set for release on 1 April 2013, but was released early in its digital format after a promotional copy was leaked prior to the planned launch date.
Bonobo uses a wide variety of samples in his music combined with heavy, often complex basslines. His music generally develops linearly - with new elements such as basslines or percussion coming in one after the other. In Days to Come, he mixes this sonic background with the clean yet distinctive vocals of Bajka, who often uses harmony to build up a multifaceted sound.
Whilst often touring solo, and performing DJ sets, in 2004 Bonobo opted to follow the growing trend amongst electronic acts of playing with a full band. The band plays live renditions of studio material, with a singer, keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist, string section, electronics, and drummer. Simon Green mainly plays bass guitar, and leads the band from the middle.
|Albums and details||Peak positions|
|Dial 'M' for Monkey
|Days to Come
|The North Borders
- One Offs... Remixes & B-Sides (2002)
- Bonobo Presents Solid Steel: It Came From The Sea (2005)
- Black Sands Remixed (2012)
- Late Night Tales: Bonobo
Singles and EPs
- Scuba EP (2000)
- Terrapin EP (2000)
- Silver EP (2000)
- The Shark EP (2000)
- One Offs, Remixes & B-sides (2002)
- Kota EP (2002)
- Pick Up EP (2003)
- Flutter EP (2003)
- Live Sessions EP (2005)
- "Nightlite / If You Stayed Over" (2006)
- "Nightlite" (Zero dB Reconstruction/Bonobo Remixes) (2006)
- The Keeper (feat. Andreya Triana) EP (2009)
- Live at Koko (2009)
Songs in soundtracks
- The tracks "Pick up" and "Flutter" from the Dial 'M' For Monkey album, were featured in the snowboarding game SSX on Tour.
- The track "Nightlite" appeared on the soundtrack of the game UEFA Champions League 2006-2007.
- In 2007, Bonobo's track "Ketto", was featured in the Citroën C4 Picasso advertisement.
- Bonobo's track "Flutter" is the opening title theme to CBC Television's sitcom jPod.
- The track "Recurring" was used in a surfing film broadcast on Fuel TV.
- "Flutter" also appeared in the 3rd episode of the Channel 4 sitcom Nathan Barley.
- "If You Stayed Over" appeared in the "The Economist", the 3rd episode of season 4 of the TV show Lost and in "Control", the 10th episode of season 5 of the TV show Rescue Me.
- The fifth episode in the 3rd series of the BBC Two show A Taste of My Life featured Bonobo's track "Terrapin".
- In the autumn of 2008, Cartoon Network used the instrumental version of the title track from Days To Come in an advert for their Adult Swim programming portion. Many other songs from that album were also used on Adult Swim's commercial bumps.
- The track "Silver" was used in the series 4 episode "Luck be a Lady" of the American television drama series The L Word.
- In 2008, the episode "Last Resort" of the American TV series House featured the song "Between The Lines", from the Days To Come album.
- The track "Between the Lines" was featured in the 1st season of the Showtime series Californication.
- The track "Terrapin" was used recurrently in the musical score of Benjamen Walker's radio drama Your Radio Nightlight (later renamed Theory of Everything) on the NPR network. "Terrapin" was first featured under the opening act of the episode Noa Noa, Part II.
- In May 2009, Film4 used the track "Flutter" in an advert for a series of films due to be broadcast on the channel.
- In July 2009, the track "Recurring" was used in the official promo video for Xtreamer media center device
- The track "Recurring" is featured in the first season of the American teen drama series Gossip Girl.
- The track "Transmission 94" was used in an Olay skin cream advert.
- The remix by Amon Tobin of the track "Scuba" appears in the Electronic Arts video game Need for Speed: Undercover.
- The tracks "Walk In The Sky" and "The Fever" from the album Days To Come were featured in series 7 episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
- Series 2 of the Channel 4 TV series Skins features the track "Ketto" in the episode where Tony recovers his personality.
- The track "Kota" was used in a notable 2002 advertising campaign for BT. This ad campaign featured a little girl standing in an arena, pointing at her philtrum and asking, "what's this groove called, under my nose?".
- The track "Stay The Same" featuring Andreya Triana was theme of the 2011 Oscar Freire 279 Brazilian cabo (TV series).
- The song "Shadowtricks" was in the Channel Four series Green Wing.
- The track "Silver" was featured in Warner Bros. motion picture Crazy, Stupid, Love.
- The song "All in Forms" was featured in the 2012 thriller/horror film House at the End of the Street.
- The songs "The Fever" and "Kiara" were featured in the soundtrack of the 2012 video game, Sleeping Dogs.
- The track "Turtle (Bonobo Mix)" was featured in the Channel 4 TV movie Poppy Shakespeare.
- The track, "Jets" from his latest album "The North Borders" was being played in the background of one of the scenes in the third season premiere of "Revenge".
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- "SSX On Tour Soundtrack Announced - Xbox". News.teamxbox.com. 2005-09-12. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
- "UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 Soundtrack - IGN". Uk.music.ign.com. 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
- "Citroen C4 Picasso ads - Critics' Corner, TV Programme and Film discussion - Satellite & Digital TV Support forum". Satellites.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
- "The Most UFC, Motocross, Surfing, and Snowboarding on Television". Fuel Tv. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
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