B i o g r a p h y
 (by Official Press)

Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his powers. His 2013 album ‘The North Borders’ was the high watermark of his career to date: a masterful record, marrying Green's inimitable melodic genius to cutting edge electronics, bass and drums. An artist that constantly pushes himself outside of his musical comfort zone, Bonobo’s ranging personal tastes and regularly expanding range of synthesizers and instruments continue to take his productions to new levels. This outlook has earned him a reputation as one of the most pioneering figures in electronic music, in both his solo DJ sets and 12-piece live band shows. All this comes as the result of over ten years hard work, and five albums that have honed Green's skills. A born musician, Green - like many artists - expresses himself most articulately via his music. The result is that his work is always keenly felt, and always feels imperative. There are no wasted moments, and myriad great ones. It's tempting to relate Green's yearning, emotive aesthetic to his upbringing in rural Hampshire. His move to Brighton is also an influence; his skill at drum programming perhaps harking back to his days DJing and producing in the small, musically fertile town. Under the initial guidance of Tru Thoughts' Rob Luis and at nights such as Phonic:hoop, Bonobo found an early education in music.

His first album - 2000's 'Animal Magic' - was released via Tru Thoughts before being picked up by Ninja Tune. It announced him as a serious talent; able to bring a true musician's edge to electronic music, with all the freedom that skill allowed. His subsequent albums for Ninja, Dial M for Monkey and Days to Come, developed his sensibility, won him fans across the globe, and saw him develop his live show into a mesmeric re-working of his records. He also worked hard as a DJ, a part of Green's arsenal that perhaps truly came into its own at the same time as 2010’s Black Sands. 2012 saw him take the uptempo, club re-edits of Black Sands from a seminal Boiler Room performance in London to dance floors across the world, and unveil a new light show that further enhanced the impact of these stunning songs. A remix album was released featuring reworkings by fans and peers such as Machinedrum, Floating Points, Mark Pitchard, Lapalux and Falty DL. Later the same year, he finally settled down in his New York studio to write his fifth album. The North Borders was another long stride forward - both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of Black Sands. Thematic, resonant, addictive and perfectly formed, it's a thrillingly coherent statement piece. With vocal features from no less than Erykah Badu, as well as Grey Reverend (Cinematic Orchestra) and Cornelia (Portico Quartet) it's another finely balanced body of work, leaving room for the beautiful, rich productions themselves to breathe and shine.  Bonobo has a long history of unearthing new talent (Andreya Triana, Bajka) and The North Borders saw him do so once again. The startling vocals of new collaborator Szjerdene are sprinkled across the album, and Green has yet again found the perfect voice to express where he's at.

Since the album’s release, Green has gone on to play over 175 shows across three continents and 30 countries, wowing audiences of almost 2 million people with the hypnotic, extended live versions of his songs. He performed sold out shows at The Sydney Opera House and Brixton Academy, and his very own, day long festival at London’s Roundhouse. 2014 saw him and his band play the iconic Coachella festival, Sonar, Glastonbury and many more. This period of extensive touring came to a breathtaking close with his largest show to date at London’s Alexandra Palace in November. In celebration, Ninja Tune released ‘The North Borders Tour. - Live’ in October. A deluxe release including a live album, hardback book and a DVD of seminal live performances from a truly memorable tour. It’s a full schedule and then some, but one that’s constantly rewarding for his fans, and perhaps proves that Bonobo is not only one of the world’s hardest working artists in electronic music, but also one of its best.




Animal Magic
- 2000-07-24 -



Intro (Instrumental)
Sleepy Seven (Instrumental)

Dinosaurs
Kota (Instrumental)
Terrapin (Instrumental)

The Plug
Shadowtricks (Instrumental)
Gypsy (Instrumental)
Sugar Rhyme (Instrumental)
Silver (Instrumental)

 

Dial "M" For Monkey
- 2003-06-17 - Instrumental



Noctuary
Flutter
D Song
Change Down
Wayward Bob
Pick Up
Something for Windy
Nothing Owed
Light Pattern
 

Days To Come
- 2006-10-02 -



Intro (Instrumental)
Days To Come
Between The Lines
The Fever (Instrumental)
Ketto (Instrumental)
Nightlite
Transmission 94 (Parts 1 & 2) (Instrumental)
On Your Mark (Instrumental)

If You Stayed Over
Walk In The Sky
Recurring (Instrumental)

Black Sands
- 2010-03-29 -



Prelude (Instrumental)
Kiara (Instrumental)
Kong (Instrumental)
Eyesdown
El Toro (Instrumental)
We Could Forever (Instrumental)
1009 (Instrumental)
All in Forms (Instrumental)
The Keeper
Stay the Same
Animals (Instrumental)
Black Sands (Instrumental)
 

The North Borders
- 2013-03-21 -



First Fires
Emkay
Cirrus (Instrumental)
Heaven For The Sinner
Sapphire
Jets (Instrumental)
Towers
Don'
t Wait
Know You
Antenna (Instrumental)
Ten Tigers (Instrumental)

Transits
Pieces

Migration
- 2017-01-13 -



Migration (Instrumental)
Break Apart
Outlier (Instrumental)
Grains
Second Sun (Instrumental)
Surface
Bambro Koyo Ganda (Instrumental)
Kerala (Instrumental)
Ontario (Instrumental)
No Reason
7th Sevens (Instrumental)
Figures
Break Apart (Instrumental)

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Animal Magic

Dinosaurs

This could happen to you...

The Plug

I didn't mean to tell you
But I guess you got to know
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I didn't mean to tell you
But I guess you got to know...

Days To Come

Days To Come

(Feat. Bajka)

Journey set sail was to leave
Cause I'm only birds & bees
Lose and news and all things be
Sunlight garden low red blossoms
Moon tides of the sea

When struggling for a magic grain
We throw our life to the winds like rain
For goodness sake
Spare your failings and take the ability
To strengthen
No spirit can stimulate all minds
Blossoms of days to come

Blossoms of days to come

Move away from your western guns
Travel towards eastern suns
Far above all earthly goals
A pledge for creation's soul

Spirit finds fresh morning and the dew
Of precious things
Hope is a phoenix building wings to fly
And what we wish shall be
Like a breathe of fresh air
Safe and secret powers
That no love can spare
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Move away from your western guns
Travel towards eastern suns
Far above all earthly goals
A pledge for creation's soul

Far above all earthly goals
A pledge for creation's soul

Move away from your western guns
Travel towards eastern suns
Far above all earthly goals
A pledge for creation's soul

Move away from your western guns
Travel towards eastern suns
Far above all earthly goals
A pledge for creation's soul

Far above all earthly goals
A pledge for creation's soul

Between The Lines

(Feat. Bajka)

Well we can't change the world
We sure can change the way we live
We can't only take
Also got to learn to give

People do wrong cause they don't understand
There's a book of truths
And a book of lies
Think with your heart
Read between the lines

Things aren't always how they seem
We've got to make the best of it
Eye for an eye
Tooth for a tooth
Sometimes we're blind
We can still see the truth
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Well we can't change the world
We sure can change the way we live
We can't only take
Also got to learn to give

Sometimes you're lost
Sometimes you're blind
Think with your heart
Read between the lines

Nightlife

(Feat. Bajka)

Weather is in a style
To keep the hope
We tread these waters make our waves yes we do,
Peaceful shall proceed
An every single week,
Come lets bring light
To the night of need

Weather is in a style
To keep the hope
We tread these waters make our waves yes we do,
Peaceful shall proceed
An every single week,
Come lets bring light to the night of need
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
There comes a time in somewhere new
A time when trueborns really show
Can you depend on friends to help when your in need
Everybody got problems of they own
Look all the silver seasonin shown
Somethings are besta left alone

If You Stayed Over

(Feat. Fink)

If it's on it's on for good, yeah
'Cause when it's gone it's gone for good
Let me tell you

And if you stayed over
You know we would, if we could
Put it back together
Make it good

If I
If I

Breathe in the future, breathe out the past, yeah
Savour this moment as long as it lasts
Let me tell you...

Put it back, piece by piece
If you stayed over I'd make it so sweet
I'd make you remember, baby
From your head to your feet
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And if you go now, baby
We'll never know how it ends
Make it good

And if you go now, baby
We'll never know how it ends
Make it good

And if you go now, baby
We'll never know how it ends
Make it good

Walk In The Sky

(Feat. Bajka)

They walk in the sky
So near and so high
They're stopping for none
And when the day's done
They agree that the sea
Is the best place to be
Wondrously free
They live happily

They know from the past
Life simply doesn't last
So they live for today
For tomorrow they may
Not be able to walk in the skies

Sun slips into horizon
Moon reaches for the stars
Music is the healer
No matter who you are
No matter who you are...
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
They walk in the sky
So near and so high
They're stopping for none
And when the day's done
They agree that the sea
Is the best place to be
Wondrously free
They live happily

They know from the past
Life simply doesn't last
So they live for today
For tomorrow they may
Not be able to walk in the skies

Sun slips into horizon
Moon reaches for the stars
Music is the healer
No matter who you are
No matter who you are...

Sun slips into horizon
Moon reaches for the stars
Music is the healer
No matter who you are
No matter who you are...

Black Sands

Eyesdown

(Feat. Andreya Triana)

Hands up
I got my eyes facing down
I'll show you where my tears come down
Slowly down
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
The Keeper

(Feat. Andreya Triana)

I know she said
That I don't need her
'Cause every time I call
She's sitting sweeter

Well I know she said
To get near her
But I'm feeling cold
And I must leave her

Sat down here with my head hung down
And I just seem to find
A bit of peace
A bit of love
A bit of something left behind

Sat down here less intentions
Nothing said, nothing lied
A bit of peace
A bit of love
A bit of something left inside
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And my heart's content
I said I don't please her
Happiness is on her face
It's the mind that greets her
Only my disgrace
To admit I need her
But we all fall from grace
Dust me down and keep her

Sat down here with my head hung down
And I just seem to find
A bit of peace
A bit of love
A bit of something left behind

Sat down here less intentions
And nothing said, nothing lied
A bit of peace
A bit of love
A bit of something left inside

We can go on
We can go on
We can go on
We can go on...

Because we can go on
Living this way

Stay the Same

(Feat. Andreya Triana)

A night train
Midnight
Bags gathered round my feet
Possessions
Some lessened
To carry with me
Heavy and soothing
Like a gentle symphony

I rest my head right
Back upon my seat
It's hard and cold though
The best thing for me
This train is moving
But my heart is stationery
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Seasons change
Signed that it won't be the same
I'm hoping, I won't stay the same
Reasons strange
Why we almost play these games

I left it
With you
A note that was discreet
I made sure
I put it
Upon the cellar door
It's hanging, hoping
Will you read it while I weep

Last time
The last time
It flickers through me
So vivid
It rushes
From my head down to my feet
We're laughing, joking
Threw a dice to my defeat

Seasons change
It will never be the same
I'm hoping
I won't stay the same
Reasons strange
Why we almost play these games

Seasons change
It will never be the same
I'm hoping
I won't stay the same
Reasons strange
Why we almost play these games

Seasons change
It will never be the same
I'm hoping
I won't stay the same
Reasons strange
Why we almost play these games



The North Borders

First Fires

( feat. Grey Reverend )

How do you see it
The dream's gone
Faded fires, moving on
Why do you need it
The waves come
Over you, to undertow

Honestly I can't believe it's burning again
Like the first fires
Run from the fences, you don't have to pretend
In the first fires

And if you can find it, don't let go
Hold it tight, keep it close
Don't even fight it, the leaves fall
Over me, for every blow
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Honestly, I can't believe it's burning again
Like the first fires
Run from fences, you don't have to pretend
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First fires

And all the memories are calling my name
For the first fire
Honestly, I can't believe it's burning again
Like the first fires

Like the first fires

Honestly, I can't believe it's burning again
Honestly, I can't believe it's burning again
Like the first fires

Heaven For The Sinner

( Feat. Erykah Badu )

We don't need no truth, got planted now
It grows on trees
I don't let it ... or 8 side loose
There's no saint and there's no sinner
Done more dirt than these
I know that we can do more right that these
I need to find a paradise for me

We just ask about
God is ready, but you don't wanna
No one tell me, heaven's waiting
For the sinner,
It's steady waiting
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
World keeps turning
Shine on light
Shine all time
Heaven's waiting, for the sinners

We just ask about
God is ready, but you don't wanna
No one tell me, heaven's waiting
For the sinner
It's steady waiting
We just ask about
God is ready, but you don't wanna
No one tell me, heaven's waiting
For the sinner
It's steady waiting

Towers

( Feat. Szjerdene )

You were here for a while
You come to me docile
Try to make sense of this

By the time that I express
That I have felt hopeless
You had turned away from me

I'm in this silence
You're raising towers
I'm walking over
I'm in this, burning
For kindness searching
I'm walking over
I'm in this silence
You're raising towers
I'm walking over
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
You were gone days and nights
Empty spaces no light
Try to find peace in this
Looking at those times
So all the years you lie
So you hide away from me

I'm in this silence
You're raising towers
I'm walking over
I'm in this, burning
For kindness searching
I'm walking over
I'm in this silence
You're raising towers
I'm walking over

Transits

( Feat. Szjerdene )

You'll never know
Only my soul
Bares the truth
Cares for you
Only my soul
You'll never see
Stays here with me
Overload, nothing more
Only my soul

Knew you were ready
You had no answers for me
Knew you were ready
You had no answers for me

Knew you were ready
I knew you were
You had no answers for me
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Knew you were ready
I knew you were
You had no answers for me

Take me back to where love grows
I don't want to be here anymore

Take me back to where love grows
I don't want to be here anymore

Pieces

( Feat. Cornelia )

Love is in the eyes of the beholder I
Used to keep a lighthouse lit for you
Hoping there's a chance you would stay sober and
Find your way back home without the booze

In this deep hole of shame
I've got secrets buried
In this deep hole of shame
There is no one to call
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Love is in the eyes of the beholder I've
Kept the clouds at distance from the blue
Hoping there's a chance we'd change it over
Picking up the pieces and make do

Love is in the eyes of the beholder I
Used to keep a lighthouse lit for you
Hoping there's a chance you would stay sober but
It's not up to me to guide you through

We were fighting but its over now
Picking pieces off the ground
Once so reckless but I'm older now
Picking pieces off the ground

Picking pieces
Picking pieces off the ground

Migration

Break Apart

(Featuring Rhye)

It's hard to take all of this hate
It's hard to take all of this hate, this hate

First move they think they never saw
Be careful with me, be careful with
Join with me

I should've heard your fear
So, it's on me, so, it's on
I should've heard your needs
So, it's on, so, it's on, so, it's on

We've thrown apart these pieces
We've thrown apart these pieces
So, I don't go home
Tell me love, tell me love

You're my favourite, you're my favourite
But we're phasing, but we're phasing
You're my favourite, you're my favourite
But we're phasing, but we're phasing
You're my favourite, you're my favourite
But we're phasing, but we're phasing
You're my favourite, you're my favourite
You're my

Instead of something to break apart
Instead, it's just broke apart
Stand up and shake this heart
Instead, it's just a break apart from us

I should've heard your fear
Shame on me
I should've heard your needs
Shame on me

Help me out, on me, help me out, on me
Help me out, on me, help me out, on me
Help me out, on me, help me out, on me
Help me out

Grains

One, sand
One drop of water, water, sand
One, sand
One drop of water, water, sand
One, sand, one, sand
One, sand, one, sand
One grain of sand
One drop of water, water, sand
One, sand, one, sand
One, sand, one, sand
One grain of sand, one, sand
One grain of sand
Water in the sea
One grain of sand
One grain of sand
Water in the sea
One grain of sand
One grain of sand
Water in the sea
One grain of sand
One grain of sand
One grain of sand

Surface

(Featuring Nicole Miglis)

Make me
I've been paper thin so I can not fly
I can not move without wind, without wind

Saw the side of you I never knew
But were we ever good enough
And all we have to do is talk it through
But words are never good enough

Can we get anywhere
Paper thin paperweight
Are we close enough
Close enough

Seek the surface
I can make it up
By not being perfect
I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, can I make it up

But what you wonder, if I'm crystal blue
But you were never clear enough
And every word to you is hard to say
'Cause words are never good enough

Can we get anywhere
Paper thin paperweight
Are we close enough
Close enough

Seek the surface
I can make it up
By not being perfect
I can make it up, I can make it up (Seek the surface)
I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up (By not being perfect)
I can make it up, can I make it up
I can make it up

I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up

I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up
I can make it up, I can make it up
Can we get anywhere
Paper thin paperweight
Are we close enough

Can we get anywhere
Paper thin paperweight
Are we close enough

Seek the surface
Seek the surface
Seek the surface

No Reason

(Featuring Nick Murphy)

It's beautiful, and even though
I told you so, you know
We'd face survival, we're leaving lights on
We'll move or go on somehow

Looking like soldiers waiting to drown
And I'm not around no more
And looking at people that don't make a sound
When music's around, stay warm

And we've got no rhyme or no reason now
We've got the time of our lives now

It's seasonal, nobody knows
We'll make it known somehow
Just you and me, and we can see
Small machines and sunrise

Looking like soldiers waiting to drown
And I'm not around no more
Pictures of people that don't make a sound
When music's around, stay warm

And we've got no rhyme and no reason now
We've got the time of our lives now

Pictures of people that don't make a sound
When music's around, stay warm
And we've got no rhyme and no reason now

Looking like soldiers waiting to drown
And I'm not around no more
Lookin at people that don't make a sound
When music's around, stay warm

And we've got no rhyme and no reason now
We've got the time of our lives now

 

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