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The North Borders (Ninja Tune)

Reviewed by Luke Winkie, Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

Bonobo

Bonobo

The North Borders (Ninja Tune)

Bonobo is rightfully recognized as a UK auteur. Simon Green's written too many memorables to be called anything else, but there's something particularly prescient about The North Borders. Like a time capsule, it wanders through drum and bass, trip-hop, and downtempo, all smeared in the same misty, mountainous rhythms that made him famous. More than ever, Bonobo enlists the help of others, Erykah Badu wrapping her snaky coos through the muddy "Heaven for the Sinner," and Cornelia's chiming vox hovering over "Pieces." You have to wonder whether this is Bonobo appealing to the mass market he's engaged, building atmospheric pop that works better than his rumbles and snorts in a live setting. If The North Borders marks the moment Bonobo goes adult contemporary, I couldn't be happier. (Sunday, 7:30pm, Blue stage)

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