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Black Sands



  • Format: VINYL2
  • Have: YES
  • Released: 2010
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An incredible release from a favorite artist. I'd recently picked up a few of Simon Green's older releases that I'd enjoyed from the '90s such as Animal Magic and then Days to Come.

Simon Green is an incredibly talented musician and has gone on to work with so many artists, singers, musicians, and played so many shows. He has an amazing career and body of work.

I managed to see him perform in Seattle a few years ago.

Favorite Track

It has to be the title track as my favorite. Such a calmly meandering and soothing track.
Here it is:

Bonobo was on a label called Ninja Tune in the '90s and they had an incredible catalog of artists, including another favorite Amon Tobin.

Cover Art

Oscar & Ewan Design Studio worked on this records artwork.

inner sleeve design artwork
Inner sleeve design

They have a quick writeup about the project on their site: Black Sands

A custom typeface "Leroy" was created for the album which you can buy from Colophon Foundry, which is an interesting discovery to me.

The photography was shot by Pelle Crépin.

Other Works

As I mentioned his other albums "Animal Magic" and "Days to Come", don't forget "Dial 'M' for Monkey", but also, if you're into live music, this lovely short set of tunes from Bonobo's early career is quite good:

In fact, here is "Pick Up", remixed by Four Tet for that release (wait for the drums to kick in and not let up at 2:12!):


  1. A1 Prelude Piano, Double Bass, Harmonium – Simon reen (2) Violin – Mike Simmonds
  2. A2 Kiara Violin – Mike Simmonds
  3. A3 Kong Bass, Keyboards, Guitar – Simon Green 2)
  4. A4 Eyesdown Featuring, Written-By – Andreya riana Harp – Simon Green (2)
  5. B1 El Toro Bass, Guitar [Nylon], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Simon Green (2) Flute, Saxophone – Mike Lesirge Trombone – Alan Hardiman Trumpet – Ryan Jacob Violin, Viola – Mike Simmonds
  6. B2 We Could Forever Bass, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Harmonium – Simon Green (2)
  7. B3 1009
  8. C1 All In Forms Guitar, Keyboards, Bass – Simon Green 2)
  9. C2 The Keeper Bass, Guitar, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Simon Green (2) Vocals [Featuring], Written-by – Andreya Triana
  10. C3 Stay The Same Bass, Guitar [Nylon], Keyboards, Musical Box – Simon Green (2) Saxophone – Jack Willey* Vocals [Featuring], Written-by – Andreya Triana
  11. D1 Animals Double Bass, Keyboards, Guitar – imon Green (2) Drums – Graham Fox axophone, Bass Clarinet – Tom Chant
  12. D2 Black Sands Double Bass, Guitar [Nylon], Mandolin, Harmonium, Piano, Xylophone – Simon Green (2) Drums – Jack Baker (2) Flute, Clarinet – Mike Lesirge Trombone – Alan Hardiman Trumpet – Ryan Jacob Violin – Mike Simmonds


Companies, etc.

Mastered At – The Soundmasters
Pressed By – MPO
Published By – Just Isn't Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Ninja Tune
Copyright (c) – Ninja Tune


Design, Art Direction – Oscar & Ewan
Mastered By [Uncredited], Lacquer Cut By [Uncredited] – Kevin Metcalfe
Photography By – Pelle Crépin
Photography By [Assisted By] – Matthew Robinson (5)
Written-By, Producer – Simon Green (2)


Contains download code for the MP3 version of this release.
Printed innersleeves with graphics and credits.
180gram vinyl pressing.

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