Bonobo (UK electro artist Simon Green)

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Legal name: Simon Green (UK future jazz producer aka Bonobo & Barakas)


Simon Green (born 30 March 1976), known by his stage name Bonobo, is a British musician, producer and DJ.

Green has recorded and performed solo DJ sets under the name Barakas, and together with Robert Luis from Tru Thoughts as Nirobi and Barakas.

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 2000. 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 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.

In July 2014, Bonobo announced on his Facebook page that October 2014 would see the release of "The North Borders Tour - Live."; a DVD and live album recorded on The North Borders Tour over the course of the past eighteen months.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Animal Magic Bonobo 3 3
2003 Dial 'M' for Monkey Bonobo 4 2
2006 Days to Come Bonobo 4
2010 Black Sands Bonobo 5 4
2013 The North Borders Bonobo 5 4

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Solid Steel Presents Bonobo: It Came From the Sea Bonobo 1
2013 LateNightTales: Bonobo Bonobo 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Bonobo Live at Koko Bonobo 1
2014 The North Borders Tour. — Live. Bonobo 4

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 One Offs... Remixes & B-Sides Bonobo 1
2012 Black Sands Remixed Bonobo 5


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Terrapin Bonobo 1
2000 Silver Bonobo 1
2002 Turtle Pilote vs. Bonobo 1
2002 Kota Bonobo 1
2003 Pick Up Bonobo 1
2003 Flutter Bonobo 1
2006 Nightlite Bonobo 3
2009 The Keeper Bonobo feat. Andreya Triana 2
2010 Eyesdown Bonobo 2
2010 Stay the Same Bonobo feat. Andreya Triana 2
2012 Kiara Bonobo 1
2013 Cirrus Bonobo 1
2013 First Fires (Maya Jane Coles remix) Bonobo feat. Grey Reverend 1
2014 Get Thy Bearings Bonobo 2
2014 Ten Tigers Bonobo 1
2014 Flashlight Bonobo 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Between the Lines / Recurring (Remixes) Bonobo 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Scuba EP Bonobo 1
2001 The Shark Bonobo 1
2013 First Fires Bonobo 2
2014 Flashlight EP Bonobo 2

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Live Sessions EP Bonobo 5 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Ghost Ship Bonobo 1

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