Album Review: Bonobo – The North Borders Tour Live

The North Borders Tour Live has taken Simon Green (Bonobo) and Band over 180,000 miles, seeing them perform in more than 175 shows in 30 countries, across 3 continents and in front of more than 2 million people.

Its an album that combines live tracks recorded at venues such as The Roundhouse (London) and Pula Arena (a genuine Roman Amphitheatre) plus live radio sessions that happened whilst on tour. All tracks performed on the release are taken from the albums Days to Come, Black Sands, and The North Borders.

So for first time buyers let’s get it out the way, what is Bonobo? well, covering genres like Future Jazz, Downtempo, Ambient, bass music and soul, he’s all that……and more. Beautiful compositions and elaborate structures within his pieces Bonobo has gained a solid following and fan base. His seventh album is a real treat for people familiar with his previous work and a great place to start for newcomers as it features music you can track down through his back catalogue.

The album starts with ‘Cirrus’ an instrumental wonder that builds percussively into a cool groover and gets the crowd all warmed up, and that for me is a great factor in these live performances, the crowd adds so much to atmosphere you can almost feel the energy and excitement of the night. Vocalists Andreya Triana,  Cornelia and Szjerdene are perfect on the tracks they feature, bringing their own unique touch to the live/radio pieces. ‘Know You’ is a favourite of mine off this ‘must have’ release with its chopped vocals and overall Burial feel, a great live version of an already great track.

I recommend this not only on the strength of the performances but mainly because its albums like these that make you realise you NEED to get out there and see your favourite Artists/bands LIVE.
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