Bonobo - Black Sands Triple-Diamond

September 16, 2019
referencing Black Sands, CD, Album, ZENCD140
Voted the best Electronic album of 2010 by the members of The World’s Greatest Ever Electronic Music Albums group.

Bonobo - Black Sands as reviewed by Seelensauna

May 25, 2017
referencing Black Sands, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180, ZEN140

Great Artist of our Time!
Timeless Beats and very playful Sound, best for waking up at Morning

Bonobo - Black Sands Spunkfish

May 21, 2017
referencing Black Sands, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180, ZEN140
there is something very special about this album the layers are amazing only negative i can think of its a little flat sounding in places , one of my fave albums of the genre

Bonobo - Black Sands : Licensing Edition kuma.chan

January 15, 2017
referencing Black Sands : Licensing Edition, CD, Album + CD, Comp + Promo, NLSCD040
I tried selling this a few years back when I was out of work and needed the money and Ninja Tune threatened to sue me if I didn't withdraw it, seems they have changed their tune now it is selling for a lot less than I paid for it. Before that I had bought pretty much every release they put out, after that I didn't buy much of their stuff and I don't think I missed much, I was able to discover a lot of newer and fresher music and artists in their place.

Bonobo - Black Sands skins345669

March 16, 2016
referencing Black Sands, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180, ZEN140
Has anyone else found that side D is pressed slightly off centre making it "wow" quite badly?

Bonobo - Black Sands etwas

March 28, 2017
referencing Black Sands, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180, ZEN140

4400+... guess a record with a sticker on it sayin "limited edition" sells better...

Bonobo - Black Sands as reviewed by cjdmt

May 11, 2015
referencing Black Sands, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180, ZEN140

Nice laid back listen.
Great sound quality.
A good one for the collection.

Bonobo - Black Sands as reviewed by scoundrel

August 17, 2014
referencing Black Sands, CD, Album, ZENCD140

From the Chinese strings that kick off "Prelude," you know you're in for something special with Bonobo's BLACK SANDS. Even as that track segues into the electro thump of "Kiara," it never loses its sense of surprise and wonder. "Kong" slides into a sweet spot between jazz, hip-hop and electronic music, dense with instrumentation and ideas. But the real magic starts when Andreya Triana appears with the slow-burning "Eyesdown." Her trio of songs, including the heart-breaking "The Keeper" and the melancholy "Stay the Same," gives the album a breath-taking soul. That's to say that the instrumentals pale; far from it. The Spanish flair of "El Toro" or the fuzz-guitar groove and altered vocals of "All In Forms." The clarinet of "Animals" shows his adaptability with many instruments, in a Cinematic Orchestra-like jam, as the title track brings things down to a simple, string-driven waltz. Simply amazing.

Bonobo - Black Sands theskyline

May 26, 2013
referencing Black Sands, CD, Album, ZENCD140

Just got this album on CD, listened through on some speakers. Now listening again on headphones. Truly wonderful, the amount of detail and production value is just incredible.

Bonobo - Black Sands Olllie

February 27, 2013
referencing Black Sands, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180, ZEN140
Sounds glorious on vinyl. Noticing all the little details I missed before. 10/10

Bonobo - Black Sands as reviewed by mookie427

October 31, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Black Sands, CD, Album, ZENCD140

The finest album of 2010. Fact. Bonobo's finest album? Definitely.

Every single track is outstanding, they all work and come together in one amazing album. It is so hard to pick the best tracks but the title track 'Black Sands' with it's almost mafia-esque sound (and indeed wouldn't sound out of place in some Mafia-based film somewhere) is my favourite Bonobo track ever. Eyesdown, 1009 and We Could Forever are also top notch.

A truly exceptional album, and one that I will be listening to for a long, long time. Buy it. Now.

Bonobo - Black Sands matty_S

May 1, 2010
referencing Black Sands, CD, Album + 5", Ltd, Blu, ZENCD140X

This album is absolutely superb, downtempo music at it's finest indeed. Every track works well and the vocals when used are used to good effect, nothing cheesy here! Just pure bliss downtempo music, love it. The 5" bonus vinyl is pretty cool too.

Bonobo - Black Sands as reviewed by zmanbvd

April 29, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Black Sands, CD, Album, ZENCD140

Absolutely one of Bonobo’s best albums to date! Before I start I need to address the potential flood of Burial fan’s making ridiculous statements. They already smeared Four Tet’s new album. Burial didn’t invent anything about his style. He didn’t create dub step, he didn’t create the idea of chopping up vocals and changing pitch, etc. Burial just made it popular and there‘s nothing wrong with that but to say that other artists are “stealing“ his style is juvenile, so give it a rest. The songs I think would be accused of sounding like Burial are Kiara, Eyesdown, 1009, and All In forms. If anyone tries to make those accusations then take a listen to Bonobo’s past; Sleepy Seven (2000), Terrapin (2000), and Ketto (2006) are just some examples of vocal manipulation and Recurring (2006) an example of beat structure. In this album Bonobo brings the beats a lot harder than in previous albums. Beats pump in the foreground instead of the intricate background beats of his past works. Bonobo also uses an interesting beat structure in some songs that sounds like dub step but not in a traditional sense, more like an inspired derivative of dub step beats. Song’s like Eyesdown have a dub step type wobble that’s more subtle than you would get in a good grimey dub step song , maybe one that edges minimalism. Some of the songs also have that strange sound that pulses and fluctuates creating a trippy feeling of audible depth that, for a lack of a better example or term, sounds like what Flying Lotus has done, listen to Tea-Leaf Dancers which also features Andreya Triana. With such extreme changes in sound Bonobo still manages to keep it his own and references his past in songs like Kong, El Toro and Animals. Even in the midst of the most hardcore songs, like 1009, you can hear the familiar production skills and melodies that have defined Bonobo. No one can deny that Bajka stole the show on Bonobo’s last album so it’s nice to see the two main vocal tracks further down on the tracklist, making it easier to absorb the instrumental songs first. Just like Bonobo made Bajka’s voice shine, he does the same for Andreya Triana and she loves him back with a sweet and mellow voice that fuses nicely with Bonobo’s sound aesthetics. This album in summation is all of his past (Animal Magic, Dial M For Monkey), his not so distant present (Days To Come), and his future sound (Black Sands) all mixed and blended together to make one hot, mellow, intense, dramatic work of pure production genus. Not an album to miss and not one to ever be forgotten. If it takes another 4 to 6 years for Bonobo to make another album, I will gladly wait if he makes another masterpiece like this one.

Bonobo - Black Sands lota

October 25, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Black Sands, CD, Album, ZENCD140
a fine review ........ greetz .... lota