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Dial 'M' for Monkey [CD]

Bonobo Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Simon Green was born and grew up in rural Hampshire, escaping to Brighton aged eighteen. There he fell into the jazz/hip hop/funk/soul scene centred around Rob Luis and nights like phonic:hoop. An accomplished musician as a teenager, he began producing his own tracks, pushing at the template established in the sweaty little venues studding the Lanes.

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  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00009MKQB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Noctuary
2. Flutter
3. D Song
4. Change Down
5. Wayward Bob
6. Pick Up
7. Something For Windy
8. Nothing Owed
9. Light Pattern

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Bonobo is Brighton-based beatmaker Simon Green's chosen moniker, and Dial M for Monkey follows naturally on from a selection of excellent records he has released over the last couple of years. Known for concocting hip-hop skeletons in his studio and then fleshing them out with live instrumentation and lush melodies, Green has excelled himself covering his erstwhile tunes with a sprinkling of magic dust that gives the whole thing a yearning, seductive glow. Meandering along at its own unhurried pace, Dial M… coruscates constantly with bright percussive sounds and reverie-inducing moods, casually introducing us to the producer's fantastic melodic content, array of innovative ideas and delicate sound-sculpting. In all, this is the sound of a man quietly inviting us into his private dream world for a nice cup of herbal tea and a biscuit. It'd be rude not to, wouldn't it? --Paul Sullivan

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Albums Is Brilliant 21 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ok iv'e just finnished listening to the album. i settled down and really listened and it is sheer brilliance! from the first harp chords of "noctuary," to the fade out of "light pattern," i was constantly interested. I havn't listened so intently to an album since i got Geogaddi By Boards Of Canada! this album is set to sore in my list of personal favorites. I recomend this as ESSENTIAL LISTENING for any one who is into Boards of Canada, Kruder and Dorfmeister or Diplo but also for any one just getting into the genre of Chill out electronica. I would advise anyone listening to this for the first time to settle down and really set aside some time to listen to it properly. Don't analise it first time round just let it take you where it goes. be prepared to be blown away by this album. overall a stunningly chilled album that makes me extatic about the fact that i own ear drums!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmm sultry brilliance 18 Jun 2003
By acid_win VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Well Bonobo aka Simon Green is back and a welcome return to the king of chillout. Concocting what some might term organic hip hop this master of the genre has continued to redefine this genre. Dial 'M' For Monkey certainly doesn't dissapoint. There are eastern influences apparent throughout the album and they add an additional dimension to the overall sound. Yes this is definitely chillout at its best and all of the tracks on this album would grace any chillout compilation. This album is definitely an organic sounding masterpiece.
From the moment I put the CD on and heard "Noctuary" I knew that I was in for a listening treat and I have been rocking my head in appreciation at the carefully crafted beats coming together to form a magnificent whole most of today. There are cinematic experiences of film noir such as on "Wayward Bob" with its orchestral leanings and a great range of various flavours from cinematic to funky such as on "Pick Up" which could just as easily have appeared on a 70's Blackploitation film (seriously funky). This album really whet's the appetite and soothes. It is great when you can't pick an actual favourite and don't have the desire to skip a track on an album and Bonobo has done it again. My only gripe is that I would like a bit more music as it is just over 40 minutes but that is minor as the music takes care of everything.
All I can say is keep it up and we'll keep buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another beauty! 25 Jun 2003
By F Padia
Format:Audio CD
Bonobo just keep getting better! It is not often the second and third album are as good as the first but Bonobo have proved that theory wrong. This magical masterpiece of relaxing tunes with body moving beats works a treat.
If anyone is into Royksopp or Lemon Jelly this is definitely worth considering. Dial 'M' for Monkey is the best album i have bought in a long time!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good 11 Jun 2004
By ACyclic
Format:Audio CD
If you haven't heard Bonobo before, it's a kind of chilled-out music with a beat. This album is more like One-offs and B-Sides than Animal Magic.
The music sounds like it's painting a beautiful picture, but it keeps your mind active and doesn't send you to sleep like Animal Magic. Using the picture analogy, I'd say it's a picture album of places, not people. There's no vocals on this CD, just pure melodic rhythmic music.
A superb album which will last a long time in anyone's CD collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 5 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a superbly brilliant album! I was pleasantly surprised after never owning any of his releases before. As far as Ninja Tune Records, I've every release possible by Cinematic Orchestra (best band in the world says me!), but have found most of the labels' catalogue to be a little thin on the deeper funk. This was then most encouraging, maybe I'm just a little ignorant as of late??!
Running a bit on the short side (~ 45 mins) but not too worry, all tracks are fresh, inventive, (at times) upbeat, funky and MUSICAL with some highly orginal eastern intrumentation gelling into the mix. The depth of vibe created is wonderful with often a heavier feel, which I personally look for (Cinematics!).
I like this so much I'm to look into his previous releases too. Recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound 17 Jun 2003
By Tom Douglas TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Album 21 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ok Ive Just listened to this album and its awsome! im a huge fan of electronica and general chill out and this kept my mind active throughout from the first chords of "Noctuary," to the fade out of "Light Pattern." Id say this album is set to sore in my list of favorites, but it will take many a late night session for it to grow. If you like Kruder and Dorfmeister, Diplo or (my personal Favorite at the moment) Boards Of Canada this album is well worth an evenings listening. be prepared to be taken away on some beautiful journeys from the comfort of, well where ever you like to chill!
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This is my first Bonobo purchase but I intend to look deeper into the work of Simon Green and I know I'll purchase the whole catalogue before long. Read more
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Published on 14 Oct 2003 by "si_thomas78"
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