GOGO PENGUIN - GOGO PENGUIN VINYL (LTD. ED. CLEAR 2LP GATEFOLD)
LIMITED EDITION CLEAR 2LP VINYL GATEFOLD
Release Date: 12th June 2020
The Manchester instrumental jazz trio inspired by electronica bring us their 5th album and 3rd for legendary New York jazz label, Blue Note (having released their first two album on Venus Vinyl favourites - Gondwana Records). The self-titled nature of the album makes sense, as GoGo Penguin is possibly the best example of what these three incredibly talented musicians can with just a piano, a double bass, a drum kit and some minimal electronics. Stunning as ever!
For Fans Of/You May Also Like: Mammal Hands, Portico Quartet, Kinkajous, Sam Wilkes
"GoGo Penguin – the instrumental trio from Manchester, England – have fielded plaudits and rave reviews for inspiration and originality at every turn since 2013, when they settled on their dream line-up of Chris Illingworth (piano), Rob Turner (drums) and Nick Blacka (bass). Fusing jazz, classical and electronic influences (amongst others) with a thirst for innovation, they’ve been garlanded as makers of one of the Mercury Prize album of the year (in 2014) and have enjoyed success on record and in the live arena matched by precious few vocal-free groups post-millennium. GoGo Penguin’s music has always defied categorization. In their sound, there have been detectable traces of latterday developments in jazz, such as Sweden’s free-thinking Esbjörn Svensson Trio (aka EST), or minimalist classical composers like Steve Reich, John Adams, even Erik Satie. Yet, all in their mid-30’s, you can hear that they have grown up in the golden age of electronica, with echoes ranging from rarefied techno (think Aphex Twin; Carl Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra), and the emotive melodies and crescendos of European house, through to Roni Size’s jazz-infused drum ‘n’ bass.When a musical ensemble chooses to self-title an album mid-career, it usually signifies their conviction that they’ve struck upon the motherlode, hit the jackpot, stepped up and generally arrived at a point they’ve always striven for but never quite attained before. Coming from GoGo Penguin at this stage in the game, it’s quite a bold statement."