With the experimental warmth of ‘60s french films and the pizzicato flavor of breakbeats, Bonobo established a niche of post-party chill-out. Green debuted in 1999 from Brighton at 18 years old with a track on Tru Thoughts Recordings’ When Shapes Join Together compilation. Though tempted by offers from Mute and XL after the official issue of “The Scuba EP” and the “Terrapin” single, Green stuck with Tru Thoughts for the acclaimed debut LP Animal Magic. This completely self-produced and mainly self-instrumented album was highlighted by downtempo dub, funk, and an equally likable use of sitars. Animal Magic was an obvious success and plans were quickly made for careful European support appearances, as well as a follow-up album onColdcut’s Ninja Tune label in 2001, called Dial “M” for Monkey. A tour to support the record followed and was documented on the 2005 EP Live Sessions.
Also in 2005, Bonobo contributed to the Solid Steel series, with his Bonobo Presents Solid Steel: It Came From The Sea. The release date was scheduled for 10 October, 2005 but was released a week early. The mix features several exclusive tracks as well as remixes and re-edits.