GoGo Penguin land Mercury Prize nomination with second album v2.0

GoGo Penguin - Hopopono

Hailing from Manchester, rising stars GoGo Penguim are an instrumental jazz trio made up of pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner, who burst onto the scene in 2009. Their unique sound combines jazz with various electronic music, drawing influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Aphex Twin and Squarepusher to “Manchester’s grey rain-streaked urban streets”, as the press release states. “Their instrumentation might be the archetypal piano trio but while the melodic, harmonic and structural ideas are influenced by both classical and jazz the rhythms are drawn from left field electronica and it’s this meeting of opposites that makes their unique acoustic-electronica sound so exciting and creates such an interesting and emotionally rich palate for the listener”.

Earlier this year, GoGo Penguim released their outstanding second album, v2.0, which has just received a nomination for the 2014 Mercury Prize. Make sure to check out the album released via Gondwana Records. To get you enticed, here’s the magnificent closing track, ‘Hopopono’, and it comes with a video, directed by Ric Lowe & Blain Cousin.

Hello Skinny unveils cover version of Kit Grill’s ‘Velodrome’

Kit Grill - Velodrome (Hello Skinny cover)

Tom Skinner, the man behind Hello Skinny, always has his hands on quite a few stellar projects, that include most recently The Grip, Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down, Matthew Herbert, and The Owiny Sigoma Band, to name but a few. His latest offering under Hello Skinny sees him reworking Kit Grill’s genle single ‘Velodrome’. Kit Grill rarely turns in remixes, but he made an exception for the stunning all live set up cover version of ‘Velodrome’. Hello Skinny’s cover morphs the more digital original into an acoustic affair. “The idea was to replay some of the core melodic and rhythmic material but rearranged loosely for a more acoustic set up”, says the press release. Skinner enlisted the help of band mate and frequent collaborator Shabaka Hutchings, who astoundingly played the clarinet as a one-take performance. “A feat of human physical endurance, he manages to maintain the repetition of the part whilst changing the timbre and texture through circular breathing and other extended techniques.”
GETME! are releasing Hello Skinny’s cover of Kit Grill’s ‘Velodrome’ on September 22nd, but you can already be enthralled by its beauty. Here it is.

Oliver Coates reworks track from Adult Jazz’s debut album

Adult Jazz

British quartet Adult Jazz released their outstanding debut album Gist Is last month. The enveloping opening track ‘Hum’  has been reworked by experimental composer and cellist Oliver Coates, who has worked and continues to work with an array of creative outfits, including Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, DOOM, Micachu and Massive Attack. Whilst Adult Jazz’s Harry Burgess dazzles us with his vocals on the original track, the Oliver Coates’ cover features the delicate voice of Scottish collaborator Chrysanthemum Bear. Let yourself immerse into the beauty of this cover.

Moodoïd self-directs video for ‘Les chemins de Traverse’

Moodoïd - Les chemins de traverseHot on the heels of the release of Le Monde MööMoodoïd‘ debut album, a video for ‘Les chemins de Traverse’ has been unveiled. Parisian multi-instrumentalist Pablo Padovani, the man behind Moodoïd, self-directed the effort this summer. Watch it below and catch Moodoïd playing live in London at the Sebright Arms on October 13th.

Le Monde Möö is out now via Enterprise / Sony Red.

Dad Rocks! drop video for new song ‘Peers’

Dad Rocks! - Peers

We’re getting close to the release of Year Of The Flesh, the second album from Dad Rocks!. Back in July, the orchestral folk-pop project led by Iceland born, Denmark based multi-instrumentalist Snævar Njáll Albertsson enticed us with the heartfelt ‘Body Mass Index’ and now a new wonderful track. ‘Peers’, is being offered in the form of a video. We mentioned Albertsson’s strong feelings about modern technology, in particular file-sharing and copyright issues. In an accompanying statement, Albertsson wrote the following about ‘Peers’ and its video:

“Peers is a song about the flow of creativity and about sharing creative artefacts with each other. It’s about inspiration and it’s an acknowledgement of my creative output as something always already rooted in the culture that surrounds us and as something that is inspired by the existing culture directly or indirectly. Therefore I believe that my music and lyrics to some degree already belongs to our culture. Some of the world’s artists are praised for their originality, but originality stems from a whole wave of inputs, idols and inspirations that one uses in creative practice.

In the video for Peers I decided to rip off good old Dylan to make this point. Bob Dylan, whom I admire for his music and creative genius, found his idol in the legend that is Woody Guthrie. He was inspired by Guthrie to a degree that he almost became Guthrie. One of his most famous songs, Blowin’ In The Wind, was heavily inspired by the old spiritual No More Auction Block and many of his songs were – true to folk tradition – based on known and unknown authors and players that came before Dylan. But this tradition is not something that is merely found in folk music, it is found in every creative community all together, and communities that are now global. On YouTube we see a huge amount of creative individuals copying, interpreting and creating things on their own. Just like Dylan did, but with other tools – a computer and an internet connection, not a guitar.

Being a participant (some say consumer) in digitalized global creative flow is bound to brake some of the systemic rules that now exist. Peers tries to accept that the song is already interwoven in cultural relations, and that the song isn’t necessarily that different from many other songs and therefore the song should also belong to our common culture and not just to me.”

Now watch the video for ‘Peers’. Andreas Sørensen directs.

Year Of The Flesh is out on 29th September and can now be pre-ordered on bandcamp.