A Bonobo, or more commonly called Pygmy Chimpanzee, is a primate very closely related to man. But, schools often leave the Bonobo out of the usual curriculum because Bonobos have a sexy reputation. Well, they have a sex reputation, for it is often their form of social currency. Type “Bonobo” into Google Images, and you might stumble upon photos of primates in sexual positions you never could imagine. Type “Bonobo music” into Google, and you’ll stumble upon a very different, but equally as intriguing find. Simon Green aka Bonobo has been making sensual bass-inspired rhythms since 1999. Just recently, he’s released a remix of London Grammar‘s “Hey Now.”
It’s remarkable how effortlessly Bonobo can stay true to the original, but also make it his own. Often times, DJs get into the habit of simply wedging in their own drop, or changing the beat to a song. Yeah, it’s cool to get the surprise of a different feel to a familiar tune, but come on guys, let’s get a little more creative here. Bonobo has mastered the art of sampling, which requires a careful fine-tune in order to make something sound original. The remix of “Hey Now” proves that this task is a piece of cake to Green.
The song plays in a linear progression, with the beat starting first to set up the pace and feel of the song. However, as with any Bonobo track, it’s not that simple. Different bass rhythms, beats, and chords come and go as the song progresses. The original vocals to “Hey Now” remain the same, so the sultry trip-hop feel also gains, falls, and lingers. I tried a little experiment and put the two songs on top of each other; it was impossible to tell where one song fell and the other one grew, and actually sounded pretty awesome. Check out Bonobo’s remix below.