While the blunted beats on the second album by Bonobo (aka Simon Green), Dial "M" for Monkey, are great to make the love to, they might also suit nine out of 10 members of the U.N., as they're chock-full of worldly sounds. Indian sitars are Green's weapon of choice, but the fun don't stop there: Tablas, strings, chimes, flutes, organs, and what seems like samples from a Bernard Herrmann film score (Psycho, Taxi Driver) make their way into the mix, which is held down by warm-fuzzy rhythms that gently set the pace, lazily paddling this fun-boat full of sounds down a scenic sonic river. And ultimately it's fun that saves Green's music from the aloof ways of its self-satisfied forefathers. Jubilant and playful, these sultry, slow-rollin' songs are for modern lovers with a taste for irony, not for their Don Juan counterparts, whose idea of Spanish fly is Kruder & Dorfmeister's The K&D Sessions, some mustache wax, and a black silk robe.
Like some of the best, and worst, in the genre, the songs on Dial "M" tend to bleed together; they create an overall mood rather than stand on their own. If, however, you're in that mood -- and I'm pretty sure there are still dudes on Haight Street who sell that mood for $10 or so -- this is your music: professional-grade downtempo for an amateur-saturated marketplace.