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Bonobo: A Smoldering Take On 'First Fires'

June 1, 2013The opening track on the downtempo producer's latest album takes on new life when performed on the road, thanks to English singer Szjerdene. Watch the band play "First Fires" live on KEXP.

Conceived in part above the clouds while imagining the territories below, the songs on Bonobo's latest album, The North Borders, seem barely contained. Expansive and atmospheric, they tend to drift beyond designated markers that define "dance" and "electronic" music, as British DJ and producer Simon Green blends the organic and the synthetic.

Live, Green performs with a full band while he plays bass with one hand and triggers samples with his other. Their recent, stirring session at KEXP was further set aloft by British singer Szjerdene, one of a handful of guest vocalists on the album but the only one touring with the band. In "First Fires," one of the slower-burning numbers on The North Borders, she lent her airy vocals while occasionally dancing to the music as if lifted up by the combined ethereal sounds.

Be sure to watch the full performance at KEXP.

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  • Host: Cheryl Waters
  • Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
  • Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Shelly Corbett & Justin Wilmore
  • Editor: Justin Wilmore

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