It’s been an astonishing couple of years for GoGo Penguin, the UK trio of drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth. Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin, GoGo Penguin has created a brave new sound that is wholly their own. Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums has seen their 2014 album v2.0 shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.
Now signed with iconic jazz label Blue Note Records, their label debut Man Made Object was released in February. Although they’re predominately an acoustic piano trio, GoGo Penguin’s music draws from many areas of contemporary electronic music. Pianist Illingworth explains… “The title is partly inspired by my fascination with ideas of robotics, transhumanism and human augmentation… We’re recreating electronic music on acoustic instruments. It’s like a man-made object that has become humanized”.