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Mercury Music Prize nominees for Best Album.
Support from Mammal Hands
Manchester trio GoGo Penguin are hotly tipped as the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene. Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner, GoGo Penguin are an exhilarating live act, drawing on a heady brew of influences from Aphex Twin to Shostakovich, Massive Attack to Manchester’s grey rain-streaked urban streets – they create a brave new sound all their own.
Their début album Fanfares (Gondwana Records) has won rave reviews from the Guardian to BBC Music and support from the likes of Mike Chadwick and Gilles Peterson and was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the World Wide Awards.
‘It’s obvious why the Manchester clubs are jumping to this band.’
‘Jazz, techno, hip-hop and dubstep are glimpsed here, but for all the looping motifs and dance floor vibes, this is the work of three sure-footed improvisers with deep jazz roots’.
‘I think they’re special…and the response has been amazing’
GILLES PETERSON, 6MUSIC
‘[v2.0] showcases a group marking out their own musical world’
‘A stirring re-evaluation of what a piano trio should sound like in the 21st century’
BARCLAY CARD MUSIC PRIZE
Support comes from Gondwana Records label mates, Mammal Hands, a trio of
like-minded musicians: Jordan Smart saxophone, Nick Smart piano and Jesse
Barret drums and tabla. Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Bonobo and
Pharoah Sanders to Cinematic Orchestra to produce their own beautiful,
inimitable music, their debut album Animalia was released to widespread
critical acclaim in September 2014.