Manchester-based leftfield piano trio GoGo Penguin are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Their music has been described as acoustic-electronica but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalism, game soundtracks and glitchy-electronica to create their unique music. It’s music for the heart, head and feet and saw their album v2.0 (Gondwana records) named a Mercury Prize album of the year 2014 alongside albums from Damon Albarn, Young Fathers and Jungle. In 2015 they signed to Blue Note Records and released the album Man Made Object in 2016. More recently they have been touring their own score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi. Their new album, A Humdrum Star will be released on February 9, 2018.
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A Humdrum Star Press Quotes:
“The Radiohead of British Jazz” 9/10 The Line of Best Fit
A Humdrum Star is nine tracks of gold-standard future-jazz that will leave you clamouring for more 5/5 NARC
forward-thinking jazz Q
powered by fluttering, junglist drums, slithering bass lines and an increasing bank of Eno-esque digital manipulations.
Hypnotic stuff. - The Guardian
GoGo Penguin build on it's momentum with the most insistent distillation of their potent brand of piano-driven melody and
groove. **** - MOJO
their best work yet. **** - Record Collector
Throughout, tempo changes are inventive, sharp; the sense of momentum, of hurtling coolly through space, is wonderfully
dizzying **** - Evening Standard
ECM with attitude The Sunday Times
pioneers of broad-brush contemporary fusion The Arts Desk