Bonobo ‎– The North Borders

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First Fires 4:36
Emkay 5:24
Don't Wait 5:16
Cirrus 5:47
Heaven For The Sinner 4:08
Towers 3:35
Jets 4:32
Antenna 3:30
Know You 4:03
Ten Tigers 4:01
Sapphire 4:46
Transits 4:19
Pieces 4:28

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZEN195 Bonobo The North Borders(2xLP, Album, 180) Ninja Tune ZEN195 UK 2013 Sell This Version
ZENDNL195 Bonobo The North Borders(13xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNL195 UK 2013
ZENDNL195W Bonobo The North Borders(13xFile, WAV, Album) Ninja Tune ZENDNL195W UK 2013
ZENDNL195 Bonobo The North Borders(13xFile, WAV, Album, 24-) Ninja Tune ZENDNL195 Europe 2013
ZEN195X, ZENCD195 Bonobo The North Borders(Box, Album, Dlx + 6x10" + 10", S/Sided, Etch + CD,) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZEN195X, ZENCD195 UK 2013 Sell This Version
R01 Bonobo The North Borders(CD, Album) No Paper Records R01 Poland 2013 Sell This Version
BRC-368 Bonobo The North Borders(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-368 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
ZENCD195 Bonobo The North Borders(CD, Album) Ninja Tune ZENCD195 US 2013 Sell This Version
ZENCD195 Bonobo The North Borders(CD, Album) Ninja Tune ZENCD195 UK 2013 Sell This Version
GL10778 Bonobo The North Borders(CD, Album) Gala Records (5), Ninja Tune GL10778 Russia 2013 Sell This Version
ZEN195 Bonobo The North Borders(CDr, Album, Promo, Car) Ninja Tune ZEN195 UK 2013 Sell This Version

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Mooshrum

Mooshrum

June 11, 2018
referencing The North Borders, Box, Album, Dlx + 6x10" + 10", S/Sided, Etch + CD,, ZEN195X, ZENCD195
Wait, so there's only one song per side? Why? Wouldn't that get annoying, having to constantly go over and switch the records?
nathan.j.gelfant

nathan.j.gelfant

July 19, 2017
referencing The North Borders, 2xLP, Album, 180, ZEN195

anyone else getting a static-like noise in the right channel? it's in and out on all four sides for me.
Harrison_Bergeron

Harrison_Bergeron

March 17, 2015
referencing The North Borders, 2xLP, Album, 180, ZEN195
One of Bonobo's best albums by far.
scoundrel

scoundrel

August 17, 2014
referencing The North Borders, CD, Album, ZENCD195

After BLACK SANDS, it'd be difficult for Bonobo to maintain his reputation, but THE NORTH BORDERS manages to do it. Sure, it's not as stunning as his previous album, but that's a pretty high bar. Instead, Bonobo branches out in other directions, like the mellow, folk-esque "First Fires" or the garage of "Emkay," or the more straight-up house of "Cirrus." His multi-instrumentation stays wholly intact, despite these new ventures, helping to fill out the sound, as with the plucked strings of "Saphhire" or the . He tries out a heavier bass with "Jets" or the typewriter rhythm on "Ten Tigers." Sure, a few of the tracks aren't as compelling-- "Know You," for instance sounds like a reprise of "Emkay" -- but it's still a pleasant listen, especially once the chopped-up chorus starts in. Even though Andreya Triana doesn't appear here, she's ably replaced by Erykah Badu, who makes "Heaven For The Sinner" appropriately angelic. Szjerdene, as well, adds some soul to "Towers," The darkly sad "Pieces" closes the album on a good note. For its faults, it holds up.
modernwarpaint

modernwarpaint

January 28, 2014
referencing The North Borders, 2xLP, Album, 180, ZEN195

After listening to Bonobo for quite some time, this release had to be a stunner to even compare to its predecessors. So when I first listened to 'The North Borders', I was disappointed. It lacked a coherency that his other albums, like Black Sands, had. However, this album requires multiple listens because a month went by and then this was on repeat for months. My personal standouts are First Fires, Jets, Know You, Ten Tigers, and Transits. It really grows.
Greek999

Greek999

September 3, 2013
referencing The North Borders, 2xLP, Album, 180, ZEN195
"Heaven For The Sinner" & "Sapphire" are the only stand out tracks, IMO...the rest lacks originality of Simon. Deffo not even one 100th of Animal Magic...sorry
town_x

town_x

April 24, 2013
referencing The North Borders, 2xLP, Album, 180, ZEN195
why the need to evolve when you're already doing great music (and original)???? bonobo, please reconsider!
Esot_Eric

Esot_Eric

April 21, 2013
referencing The North Borders, Box, Album, Dlx + 6x10" + 10", S/Sided, Etch + CD,, ZEN195X, ZENCD195

Anyone else notice the alternate track listing order for the box set versus the CD?
GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

April 10, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
referencing The North Borders, 2xLP, Album, 180, ZEN195

I'm editing my review a year later because I just recently gained an appreciation for this album. I listened to the whole thing again (minus the first track which I still don't like) whilst driving down part of California Highway 1 along the Pacific. It made a great soundtrack for that experience and I really enjoyed it.