‘The North Borders’ is Bonobo’s fifth album, an introverted affair that combines warm electronica with classical instruments. It kicks off with a quadruple-whammy: ‘First Fires’ is a slow-burner that builds to a crescendo of strings and horns, complimented by Grey Reverend’s mournful vocal. ‘Emkay’ is a deep, bassy 2-stepper with diced vocals that ends in an ocean of classical noise. ‘Cirrus’ is a chiming house cut, while ‘Heaven For The Sinner’ features Erykah Badu’s mesmeric tones over a lush, glitchy beat. There are never any missteps, but there aren’t any curveballs, either. Some tracks – ‘Don’t Wait’, ‘Sapphire’ – play it safe, and could have been lost without affecting the LP’s trajectory. Nevertheless, it’s an accomplished record.
File under Contemplative electronica
Download ‘Heaven For The Sinner’ , ‘Emkay’, ‘Pieces’
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