There aren’t many producers or DJs that can straddle that precarious line between cool and popular. However, UK musician Bonobo (real name Simon Green) has managed to do just that. Famed for his deep, stripped back and melodic sounds, the Ninja Tune artist seems to have an amazing ability to speak to a diverse range of listeners.

His wide appeal was very apparent when he closed out the last night of Fringe 2015 with an amazing set of intelligent and perfectly paced beats at the Royal Croquet Club. The evening had kicked off earlier with a 2 hour set from Fresh legend Troy J Been and up on stage when I arrived at 8 was local hero Oisima. The man, as famous for his beard and beanie as for his music, was delivering up some slick live sounds via his electronic drum pads and other techno wizadry. Performing his latest productions including Sun of Truth Oisima put on a perfectly paced set of beautifully crafted beats.

Afterwards Troy J Been was back up on stage for a further 45 minute stint before Bonobo was due. Troy’s mixing and track selection is always sublime and tonight was no different. Excellently chosen tracks from the likes of Quantic and Zed Bias made for the perfect taster and the crowd couldn’t help but move.

By the time Bonobo stepped up on stage the crowd was a few thousand strong and the place was packed. The next two hours was truly a revelation for Adelaide. The night proved that there is a strong market for deeper, more intricate sounds here as Bonobo seamlessly wove together everything from Fadi Awad to Lone Airglow Fires and Shadow Child & Doorly’s massive Climbin’. At the end of his 2 hour journey we were all a little wiser and the night was the perfect way to wrap up what’s been a thrilling Mad March. Nice work all round.

Words by Richard Isaacs

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