GoGo Penguin

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GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin Logo 2015.png
GoGo Penguin
Background information
OriginManchester
Genresavant-garde jazz, trip hop
Years active2012 (2012)–Present
LabelsBlue Note Records (France), Gondwana Records (UK)
Websitegogopenguin.co.uk
MembersChris Illingworth (Piano)
Nick Blacka (Double Bass)
Rob Turner (Drums)
Past membersGrant Russell (Double Bass)[1]
GoGo Penguin performing at "Porgy & Bess" in Vienna on 2018-11-01.
GoGo Penguin performing at "Porgy & Bess" in Vienna on 2018-11-01.

GoGo Penguin are a band from Manchester, UK, featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner.

Music style[edit]

The band's music features break-beats, minimalist piano melodies,[2] powerful basslines, drums inspired from electronica[3] and anthemic riffs.[4] They compose and perform as a unit.[5] Their music incorporates elements of electronica, trip-hop, jazz, rock and classical music.[4][6]

Critics have described GoGo Penguin's music with references to Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher,[7] Massive Attack, Brian Eno,[8] modern classical composers Shostakovich and Debussy,[9] or contemporary minimal music composers like Philip Glass.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

The band received positive reviews as they released their debut album Fanfares in 2012[11] and their follow-up album v2.0 in 2014.[12] In September 2014, v2.0 was shortlisted for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year.[9]

In 2015, GoGo Penguin signed to Blue Note Records (France).[13] Their album Man Made Object was released in 2016; the following album, A Humdrum Star, was released on 9 February 2018.[14]

Discography[edit]

Year Album[15] Label
2012 Fanfares Gondwana Records
2014 v2.0
2016 Man Made Object Blue Note Records
2018 A Humdrum Star

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lindsay, Bruce (15 March 2014). "GoGo Penguin: v2.0". All About Jazz. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. ^ Baber, Andy (22 September 2014). "Album review of GoGo Penguin album v2.0". musicOMH. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "GoGo Penguin – Low Four". lowfour.tv. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b Nocturnal Ghost (23 February 2014). "GoGo Penguin :: v2.0 (Gondwana)". Igloo Magazine. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  5. ^ Pickup, Oliver (12 December 2012). "GOGO PENGUIN | Crack Magazine". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  6. ^ Pallant, Adrian (8 March 2014). "'v2.0' – GoGo Penguin". AP Reviews. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  7. ^ Janssen, Guillaume (19 September 2014). "GoGo Penguin: v2.0". Spellbinding Music. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  8. ^ Mann, Ian (22 August 2014). "GoGo Penguin – v2.0 review at The Jazz Mann". thejazzmann.com. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b Heward, Emily (12 September 2014). "Mercury Prize 2014: Manchester jazz trio GoGo Penguin suitably 'chuffed' with nomination". men. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  10. ^ Lewis, John (1 February 2018). "Best of the rest". The Guardian.
  11. ^ Eyles, John (2012). "BBC – Music – Review of GoGo Penguin – Fanfares". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  12. ^ Hasted, Nick (23 January 2014). "GoGo Penguin v2.0 review". JazzwizeMagazine.com. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Blue Note France signs U.K. Trio GoGo Penguin". Blue Note Records. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  14. ^ "A Humdrum Star 2018". Blue Note Records. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  15. ^ "GoGo Penguin | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 September 2017.

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