GoGo Penguin

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GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin Logo 2015.png
GoGo Penguin
Background information
Origin Manchester
Genres Acoustic, Electronica, Jazz
Years active 2012 (2012)–Present
Labels Blue Note Records (France)
Website gogopenguin.co.uk
Members Chris Illingworth (Piano)
Nick Blacka (Double Bass)
Rob Turner (Drums)
Past members Grant Russell (Double Bass) [1]
GoGo Penguin performing in the "Porgy & Bess" venue in Vienna (Austria) on 2016-07-06.

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

Music style[edit]

They are known for their skittering break-beats, infectious and minimalist piano melodies,[2] powerful and propulsive basslines,[3] electronica-inspired drums[4] and anthemic riffs.[5] They compose and perform as a unit,[6] 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 [5] to carve out a unique sound that is wholly their own.[7]

Their ‘acoustic electronica’ sound draws from a broad range of inluences from Aphex Twin to Squarepusher,[8] Massive Attack to Brian Eno,[9] alongside modern classical composers such as Shostakovich and Debussy.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

The band has received critical acclaim since 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, and received a special 'Album of the Year' trophy awarded to all shortlisted nominees.

In 2015, GoGo Penguin signed to Blue Note Records (France).[13]


Year Album[14] Label
2012 Fanfares Gondwana Records
2014 v2.0
2016 Man Made Object Blue Note Records