Bonobo ‎– Dial 'M' For Monkey

Ninja Tune ‎– ZEN CD80
CD, Album, Enhanced, Gatefold Cardsleeve

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Noctuary 5:22
2 Flutter 4:44
3 D Song 5:19
4 Change Down 4:33
5 Wayward Bob 4:39
6 Pick Up
Flute – Andy Ross (2)
7 Something For Windy 1:11
8 Nothing Owed
Saxophone [Sax] – Ben Cook*
9 Light Pattern 5:12
Video Pick Up
Film Director – Conkerco

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CD issued in a cardboard sleeve.
Includes Quicktime video of 'Pick Up'.

℗&© Ninja Tune 2003.
Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5021392295121
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0419

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZEN CD80 Bonobo Dial 'M' For Monkey(CD, Album, Enh, Gat) Ninja Tune ZEN CD80 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
ZEN 80 Bonobo Dial 'M' For Monkey(2xLP, Album) Ninja Tune ZEN 80 UK 2003 Sell This Version
ZEN 80 Bonobo Dial 'M' For Monkey(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE) Ninja Tune ZEN 80 UK 2011 Sell This Version
ZENDNL80W Bonobo Dial 'M' For Monkey(9xFile, WAV, Album) Ninja Tune ZENDNL80W UK 2003
Barcode27CD Bonobo Dial 'M' For Monkey(CD, Album, RE) Barcode Records Barcode27CD Poland 2010 Sell This Version


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October 26, 2018
edited 11 months ago

This is Bonobo's uncrowned masterpiece, no doubt. The sound is really cohesive, like a beautiful, almost fragile, little story of life, with all its ups and downs. All the Bonobo albums are actually really cohesive and each displays perfectly his current musical level and interest. BUT ;) this one is the one i'm coming back over and over again. The re-issued Vinyl version also holds the longer version of windy, which was a dream comming true. Always wanted it to be longer, well here we go.
Back then i started with Animals and i still recommend it as the "Bonobo-starter-album". What's your opinion?!


January 24, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
There obviously has been a repress of the ZEN 80X in the previous month or so. Can't see any big difference compared to the latest one.

Edit: I've made a submission to the new repress, please vote!


February 23, 2007
edited over 12 years ago

Bonobo delivers another album of outstanding downtempo. The opening track on DIAL 'M' FOR MONKEY, "Noctuary," maintains the delicate melodies of ANIMAL MAGIC, while "Flutter" brightens the mood with a sitar and bells. The rhythms here, for the most part, are mellow and nicely syncopated to maintain listener interest. Listen to how the funky beat of "Change Down" drops out at the end to lift the track into pure bliss or how the zither loop at the start of "Wayward Bob" leads both to a calming jazz and to an urgent mystery. "Pick Up" keeps the tempo up, even as the short but beautiful "Something for Windy" whistles itself into the ether. "Nothing Owed" whips itself up into a guitar and saxophone wonderland, and "Light Pattern" ends the album in that same vein. Forget dialing "M"; dial "B" for Bonobo!


August 8, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
One of the few albums where I've enjoyed every track. Bonobo reminds me of Amon Tobin a lot on this release, but in a much more light-hearted way. While Tobin follows the DnB doctorine of heavy and sinister basslines, Bonobo drops simple meodies over his, and it comes across totally different, while still sounding similar.

As I said, I liked every track but if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be the first track 'Noctuary.' The simple drum beat combined with the guitar and the all encompassing background hum just make for a very relaxing song.