While the blunted beats on the second album by Bonobo (a.k.a. Simon Green), Dial "M" for Monkey, are great to make love to, its worldly sounds might also suit nine out of ten members of the U.N. Indian sitars are Green's weapon of choice, but the fun doesn't stop there: Tablas, strings, chimes, flutes, organs and what seem like samples from a Bernard Herrmann film score (Psycho, Taxi Driver) make their way into the mix, which is held down by warm/fuzzy rhythms that set the gentle pace, lazily paddling this fun-boat full of sounds down a scenic sonic river. And ultimately it's fun that saves Green's music from the aloof ways of its self-satisfied forefathers. Jubilant and playful, these sultry, slow-rollin' songs are for modern lovers with a taste for irony, not for their Don Juan counterparts whose idea of Spanish fly is Kruder & Dorfmeister's The K&D Sessions, some mustache wax and a black silk robe.
Like some of the best, and worst, in the genre, the songs on Dial "M" tend to bleed together, creating an overall mood rather than standing on their own. If, however, you're in that mood -- and our sources tell us there are still dudes on Haight Street who sell that mood for $10 or so -- this is your music: professional-grade downtempo for an amateur-saturated marketplace.
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