This is Simon 'Bonobo' Green's first release on Ninja, and while a change of label can be bad news, a move from Tru Thoughts to Ninja was never going to upset the apple cart.
Dial 'M' is a very percussive affair. There is a constant sussuration, insects flitting in and out of the scene. Against this there is a rich backdrop of tone and shade. Melodies pass through, sometimes they linger, but Green has matured his style and no longer worries about structure. The music just happens. No samples, no lyrics.
Inevitably, I must compare Dial 'M' to Animal Magic. And it boils down to this...
Animal Magic was intelligent. It appealed to the higher order of things. And in this way it stood above the crowd.
Dial 'M', while undoubtedly similar, takes a different tack. It is visceral, not cerebral - it goes straight to the heart. This is a deeply emotional CD. Its a mother's embrace, a broken heart, a lover's touch.
In making this CD Simon Green has opened his heart and soul. He asks you to do the same while listening. But its ok, he will take good care of you.