Two years after A Humdrum Star, Manchester-based jazz collective GoGo Penguin (Chris Illingworth, Nick Blacka, Rob Turner) announced the release of a new self-titled album which will be out on May 1st via Blue Note. We already shared “Atomised”; “Kora” is a new excerpt. “Because I play the double bass, I think I always wanted to have jazz in our music,” Blacka says.
“But as we’ve moved through the albums, it’s been a very gradual thing for me where I’ve now finally come to accept that we really just aren’t a jazz band. This new album is the one where I thought, ‘Fuck it, there’s no point even worrying anymore!’ That has been really liberating and freeing for all of us”.