GoGo Penguin

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GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin Logo 2015.png
GoGo Penguin
Background information
OriginManchester
GenresJazz, Electronica, 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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