Bonobo: Black Sands Remixed (3xLPs)
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Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed
Widely acclaimed upon its 2010 release, Simon Green’s fourth album as Bonobo, Black Sands, was the sort of immersive experience which didn’t sound like it would lend itself to a track-for-track remix reinterpretation... Standouts present themselves in very different ways. The Machinedrum take on Eyesdown gives the Andreya Triana-voiced track an incredibly potent shot in the arm, with Travis Stewart transforming the trip-hopping vibe of the original into something rather more juked up. A version of the same number with additional vocals from Big Dada rapper Dels is a treat, likewise Berlin-based producer Cosmin TRG’s treatment of Kiara – whereas the Black Sands version is a strings-soaked broken-beat half-step, here it’s possessed by an ominous energy which spins its way close to the atmospheric electro of Modeselektor.
But perhaps the most awesome remix is saved for the end: Duke Dumont’s ‘Grains of Sand’ reconstruction of the title track has to be one of the most beautiful works of sound art this side of Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath, 1972. Close your eyes: it’s a perfect rescoring of Blade Runner’s sci-fi city vista scenes.
If Black Sands was a very organic-sounding experience, then… Remixed makes for a listen every bit as interesting as Black Sands' singular vision. - Mike Diver, www.bbc.co.uk 2012