Taken from his debut album “Animal Magic” from 2000, and prior to being signed to Ninja Tunes a year later, Bonobo aka Simon Green has carved out a career with his ambient mix of textured tunes, often referred to as “downtempo” but which I prefer to call calming and reflective. “Shadow Tricks” has one spoken line which sums it up – “you will find each time you listen to this recording that you relax even more.”
I first heard Bonobo back in 2002 when my namesake Will Parsons, a pupil of mine, gave me a CD he’d compiled – ‘thought you might like to listen to some stuff I like…’ So useful to be a teacher sometimes! That CD also introduced me to Zero 7 and Fila Brazilia…a lot to be grateful for! Thanks Will!
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”