Fresh off a multi-year, 15-piece live tour for his LP “The North Borders,” UK electronic music star Bonobo, aka Simon Green, is taking a stripped-down victory lap across North America.
The popular, ambient dance producer signed to the UK's Ninja Tune records DJs at 1015 Folsom today, and the sold-out Regency Ballroom on Friday; the shows are among a string of sold-out appearances on his fall tour.
Green will no doubt play some of “Flashlight,” his new EP coming out Dec. 2. The bouncy, ambient and instrumental title track has been dubbed the week’s hottest record by BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe.
For “Flashlight,” Green dialed back the vocals and pop song structure found in “The North Borders.”
“Flashlight” makes for great work music – so versatile, some might find it innocuous.
Green, 37, has released five records since 2000, with the 2010 LP “Black Sands” taking his career to exotic new heights. “The North Borders,” released in April 2013, hit No. 1 on the U.S. electronic-music charts and No. 4 on U.K. dance charts and indie charts.
Green toured for almost two years with a huge band and live show, something almost unheard of with EDM. The tour is memorialized in a new, beautiful, 70-page hardback book with stories from the band, Bonobo's personal photos and more.
The package also has a live CD and DVD featuring tracks from major shows and radio sessions, as well as footage of a set at ancient amphitheater in Croatia and at London's Roundhouse. There also are interviews and behind-the-scenes moments.
According to Green, “The North Borders” tour was such a hit, more folks probably know him for the band than for all his years as a solo DJ.
“Although it's been a great adventure touring with the band set up, it feels good to get back to my default setting as a DJ in one of the few North American cities that truly understands and appreciates DJ culture,” Green says.
He adds, “Good to be back in San Francisco – S.F. was the first place I ever DJ'd in the U.S., way back in the early 2000s. I've always felt a strong connection to The City – one of those places I knew I'd love before ever setting foot there.”
Tickets are going fast for the 1015 show.
IF YOU GO
with Desert Dwellers, Sixis
Where: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Thursday Oct. 23
Tickets: $28 (21 and older)
Contact: www.1015.com, www.axs.com
Note: Bonobo also appears in a sold-out show at The Regency Ballroom at 9 p.m. Friday.