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  • Simon Green, aka Bonobo. Photo: Will Cooper-Mitchell.

    Simon Green, aka Bonobo. Photo: Will Cooper-Mitchell.


If you go
What: Bonobo (DJ set)
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, 303-337-1666
Cost: $25.50-$27

When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-3399
Cost: $22.50-$25

Simon Green, better known as Bonobo, will stop in Denver and Boulder this Thursday and Friday for DJ sets, but odds are his mind is already on the next thing.

With 16 releases of one form or another since 2001’s Animal Magic, it’s really no surprise that he doesn’t linger on one idea for too long. When he’s not creating entirely new music, he’s working on a project to remix the old stuff. Between the 2003 hit Dial ‘M’ For Monkey and Days to Come in 2006, for instance, he released two EPs of remixes and a live album.

That pattern has held pretty consistently for his entire career. Most recently, he brought together a slew of producers, including Africa Hitech’s Mark Pritchard and FaltyDL, to remix 2010’s Black Sands.

“I mean the idea, I guess, was that this would be the end of the chapter of Black Sands — a way of finishing off that era and moving on to the next thing,” Green said. “We’ve been touring it a long time, as well, with the live show and DJing. You’ve already got your eye on the next thing. Personally, I’ve kind of finished that record by the time it’s out. I’ve already moved on.”

He’s definitely on to other things. Green has been working on the next Bonobo album while touring for Black Sands, and he’s finishing it up now.

No word yet on what’s in store for the new record, but Green has consistently found ways to keep his low-key electronic sound fresh. It seems unfair that his music is commonly classified as “chill out” because there’s an obvious attention to detail, along with that relentless work ethic. When he’s recording, Green plays every instrument himself.

Obviously, that can’t work in a live show, so he brings in a band. But Thursday and Friday’s shows are DJ sets, so it’ll just be Green on stage, and it’ll be much more unpredictable. When it comes to DJing, he takes a go-with-the-flow approach.

“I try to figure out the crowd and see what kind of vibe they go with and gear it toward that,” Green said. “I test a few things out and see what they like, and then take it in that direction.”

That also means the music can get much more lively than his records, venturing deeper into heavy hip-hop beats, or Euro pop, or maybe Motown. It’s anyone’s guess, but you can safely bet he won’t just stand around pushing play on his own tracks.

You can catch the show at the Bluebird Theater Thursday night or the Fox Theatre on Friday night. Either way, it’s your last chance before Green will take off for a six-show run in Australia with the full band, and then, as he put it, “kind of disappear for a while.”

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