Our ‘Album Of The Week’ is Man Made Object the exciting new release from GoGo Penguin, a follow up to their previous album, v2.0, which saw itself on the Mercury shortlist. Although they’re an acoustic band, GoGo Penguin’s music draws from many areas of contemporary electronic music, one where you can hear arcade game bleeps, glitchy breakbeats, hypnotic Aphex-style melodies, grinding basslines and a rumbling low-end. It has been described as “acoustic electronica”, which perfectly sums up the writing process.
Man Made Object, like its predecessor, was recorded at Giant Wafer residential studios in Mid-Wales, and completed at 80hz in Newton Heath, Manchester, with engineering and production by Joe Reiser and Brendan Williams. It is also the band’s first recording in a prestigious three-album deal with Blue Note, putting them in a tiny elite of Brits – one that includes Stan Tracey, Andy Sheppard, Orphy Robinson, Us3 and Van Morrison to sign with the label.