GoGo Penguin are a band from Manchester, UK, featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner.
They are known for their skittering break-beats, infectious piano melodies, powerful and propulsive basslines, and anthemic riffs. They compose and perform as a unit, there is no leader, instead each of them shares ideas and themes from each other. Their music defies the one label categorisation, incorporating elements of electronica, trip-hop, jazz, rock and classical music to carve out a unique sound that is wholly their own. Their ‘acoustic electronica’ sound draws from a broad range of influences from Aphex Twin to Squarepusher, Massive Attack to Brian Eno, alongside modern classical composers such as Shostakovich and Debussy.
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On this showing, GoGo Penguin seem destined for great things BBC Music
“Harmonically ambitious music that’s both immediately exciting and cerebrally
led.” Mercury Music Prize
A beautiful mixture of cyclical piano sounds and motifs with great grooves
Jamie Cullum (on 'Fanfares') BBC Radio 2
Adventurous, accessible and melodic, further evidence of a burgeoning
northern jazz scene The Times