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djSwade Radio May 2022 Spotlight: Black Sands

Updated: Jun 8, 2022



In August 2021, I debuted djSwade Radio on Pandora and I started featuring my favorite songs in my blog. My only criteria for picking these songs is that I really enjoy them. It doesn't matter to me whether they're old or new as long as they groove.


For May 2022, I selected "Black Sands" by Bonobo. This is such a wonderful piece. I immediately transport to a world of whimsy whenever I hear it. When I listen to this song, I think of the circus, and not just any circus. This song sounds like the perfect soundtrack to a movie based on the the wonderful book The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. I also think of Chopin and Saint-Saens when I hear it. The piece is beautifully constructed and flawlessly played. I appreciate the audiostrata happening in "Black Sands," the building of musical strata as the song picks up steam and moves purposefully toward its conclusion before finally folding its circus tent at the end of the show.


"Black Sands" also planted the seeds for one of my upcoming pieces. Following the classical and Saint-Saens threads, I began to imagine a piece of my own that could capture some of the majesty and elegance of Bonobo's song. I absolutely love Saint-Saens "Aquarium," so I created a piece based on that song, updated for today. I'll be releasing that piece, which I call "Chill Aquarium," most likely in early 2023.


So, check out "Black Sands," and while you're at it, check out Bonobo's other work too. They are incredible!

 

I highly recommend this song. You can hear it on djSwade Radio. You can also click the direct link to the song and artist. If you like what you hear on djSwade Radio, you can listen to my new single, "Lemon Cello (Rain Mix)," (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores), other djSwade singles, including "Before Sunrise" (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores), "Lemon Cello (the original)" (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores) and Ascending Acoustic" (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores), and my album Audiostrata (available on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and other online stores).


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