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Animal Magic
     

Animal Magic

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by Bonobo
 

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At first repulsive and overbrewed, Animal Magic slowly takes shape as a solid debut of narcoleptic downtempo. Which isn't too surprising: Bonobo's Simon Green is known for making friends with intelligent electronic adventurers Mr. Scruff and Amon Tobin,

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At first repulsive and overbrewed, Animal Magic slowly takes shape as a solid debut of narcoleptic downtempo. Which isn't too surprising: Bonobo's Simon Green is known for making friends with intelligent electronic adventurers Mr. Scruff and Amon Tobin, and choosing a moniker after a species of chimpanzee Chris Morris made famous. In fact, his fusion of encouraging trip-hop, helium voices, and sitars probably isn't the quickest way to get you humming in the bath. But intimation is rarely used in pop music, and when it's put up against an uncharacteristically emotional pallor ("Kota," "Sugar Rhyme"), you're rewarded for your patience. If you hear Lionrock's hypnogogic avant-splatter or the solar affection of Air, that's because Green shares their use of textural organics in the middle of low-key electronic mood music. Although the result is not as colorful as Lemon Jelly, or as amusing as Bent, there's a balance that's just as effective, using the power of suggestion instead of cleverness to avoid the pitfalls of so much half-realized, barely aware chill-out that's always been in the market ironically fighting so fiercely for attention.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
Label:
Tru Thoughts
UPC:
5037454734071
catalogNumber:
7
Rank:
28312

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Performance Credits

Bonobo   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Simon Green   Arranger,Producer

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Animal Magic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album stands up to repeated listening like few others in my collection. Forget "chill" (if I hear that phrase one more time I'm gonna toss my noodles), "downtempo," and all those other labels and just listen to some seriously well-crafted, undefinable fusion. On first spin, you might think it's very simple music, but with every repeated listening, you'll hear more and more subtlety going on in deep layers. Even for Ninja Tune, Bonobo is unique, but in a way that doesn't jump out at you like Amon Tobin (also great). Bonobo is making music in a class of it's own.