Bonobo - FlashlightNinja TuneIt's only three songs long, but Bonobo's new Flashlight EP is a reassuring sign that Simon Green's.

Bonobo – Flashlight

It’s only three songs long, but Bonobo’s new Flashlight EP is a reassuring sign that Simon Green’s lacklustre recent live album, the North Borders Tour – Live, wasn’t an indication of the direction his studio work is going. Instead of hiring session musicians to drop lukewarm solos over limp downtempo beats, Green has gone back to treating the studio itself as his primary instrument, and the results are a promising glimpse of his next album (we hope).

While none of the tracks is likely to become a club hit, it’s still an effective teaser. The first two songs explore tasteful deep house grooves with artfully chopped-up samples and pulsing, moody synth chords. Both easily achieve what they set out to do. However, it’s the ethereal, abstract R&B of the final track, Return To Air, that’s most exciting. The combination of deliberately glitchy production details with shimmering washes of melody makes for a vibe that combines the best contemporary trends with everything we already like about Bonobo.

Top track: Return To Air

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