Feel free to follow me on instagram.. name is 'gfunco' -- Contribution from my buddy Ashwin.. I've been paying more attention lately to the electronic, sampled side of music, and I just kept noticing more and more the incredible magnitude of influence it has on modern music. I know it's sort of an anti-traditionalist point of view, but I think that it's a really sweet new medium and the strides and innovations possible are pretty much endless. This lead me to start exploring more experimental artists that stand alone on this medium, which eventually brought me to Bonobo, a British sampling artist with a subdued and elegant sound and a really strange sense of humor (I guess that's a given seeing as his stage name refers to a chimpanzee). He uses eclectic mixtures of traditional ethnic sounds (sitars, bongo drums etc...) paired with driving bass lines and syncopated rhythms to come up with a really unique sound. One of the things I love about his music is the way he subtly develops the song as it progresses. He is a master of changing one small thing, like moving a beat from the '1' to the 'and' or just changing a couple notes somewhere to create something familiar to what you've been listening to, but totally different at the same time. It's great music to chill out to, do homework to, bike to, run to, listen to when you're stoned, fool around to-it complements pretty much anything involving a relaxed atmosphere. The first song is a personal favorite of mine, it's called "Silver" from the Animal Magic album (2nd album and also my favorite). It has a driving, repetitive beat that he slowly develops the melody over. It plays out kind of like a story-you can really feel the climax and denouement. The second song I'm gonna link is called "Pick Up" off the Dial "M" for Monkey album (his first)-a bass driven tune with a really cool foreign sound. Added bonus is the youtube video is pretty sweet and trippy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A49i2ptrqE&feature=related Thanks for reading, hope you like it!