With Bonobo’s latest release Flashlight EP, we are once again graced by the subtle groovy sounds that seem to be designed to alter your state of mind and get your feet moving. Scott Green, AKA Bonobo, is one of Ninja Tune’s most celebrated alumni and has been the leader of many chillwave and ambient electronica journeys since his humble beginnings back in the late 90s. Although this EP is only three songs long, it is one of Bonobo’s strongest releases in years. The opening track “Flashlight” is loaded with hooky grooves and samples that will have you cranking your high-end stereo and putting the tracks on repeat immediately. The second cut, “Return to Air,” is a throwback to mid-90s ambient electronica with strong similarities to bands like The Orb and Autechre. This tune is DEEP with a house-like beat and wicked-ass samples. The guitar tracks are layered perfectly with the synth bass line and other ear candy samples making it irresistible. The final track, “Pelican,” is another spine tickler that will get you moving. Its crushing grooves will put a tear in your speakers and will be a nice surprise transition at your next party. As per the high bar expectation that comes with any Ninja Tune release, especially with Bonobo, you can rest assured that Flashlight EP is a first-rate teaser for what presumably will be a wonderful new full-length album to be announced in the near future.
Andre Skinner (Twitter @andreskinner)
Album Review: Bonobo-Flashlight EP