<Electronica> Simon Green aka Bonobo is a master producer. Ask anybody who owns a copy of his seminal masterpiece, Black Sands, released in 2010. The Northern Borders, his fifth studio album may not quite live up to the expectations of his 2010 release; it is however still an accomplished piece of IDM, possibly plagued only by his lack of reinvention or intent to push his sound further. Instead Green opts for an album of easy flowing electronica that aspires not to engage one, rather providing a palette for chilled background listening. This is not necessary a bad thing and with each listen The Northern Borders certainly unfolds its layers of beauty. Jazzy riffs and stabs underpin a trip hoppy break-beat affair that glides along quite effortlessly and this may be his only pitfall to those who know Green’s music well; he really does make sophisticated electronica quite effortlessly, so much so that this may feel and sound too easy for his fans. The Northern Borders includes the likes of Erykah Badhu, Greg Reverend from Cinematic Orchestra and Cornelia (Portico Quartet) so he’s in good company.
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