Manchester instrumental trio GoGo Penguin have release their new remix album GGP/RMX via the legendary Blue Note Records. To celebrate the official release of the album, the band are also pleased to share the video for the Cornelius remix of “Kora”, which you can check out below.
Chris Illingworth said of “Kora”: “Cornelius’s mix is a great way to start the record, it’s both intelligent and beautiful. The way he’s sliced up and repositioned the piano melodies and combined them with synth lines makes it familiar but also gives “Kora” a new and individual character that sets up the remix album perfectly.” Cornelius: ‘’I felt the band’s Manchester bloodline. I wanted to preserve their performance as much as possible, because GoGo Penguin is a hypnotic live band.”
For GGP/RMX, GoGo Penguin have personally enlisted an array of the world’s sharpest artist-producers and remixers including Squarepusher, Clark, James Holden, Nathan Fake, 808 State, Portico Quartet, Cornelius and more and conceived this work at Blue Note Lab, extending the 21st-century legacy of the legendary jazz label.
GGP/RMX is a concept that the group have fostered for years; it comes to brilliant fruition as a vivid reimagination of their fifth album, and self-defining masterwork, the eponymous GoGo Penguin, released last year. Each track from the album is reimagined as well as a mesmerising new version of the previously rare gem “Petit_a” (which was initially a Japan-only release, before it emerged on GGP’s digital EP ‘Live From Studio 2’). GGP/RMX repeatedly propels us towards the dancefloor, but it never just ends there; the music pulses and flows, transporting us into brand new realms.
In addition to the release of GGP/RMX, GoGo Penguin have also teamed-up with innovative Manchester brewers Cloudwater to make a beer or to be precise a remix of two of Cloudwater’s most iconic IPA’s called ‘IPA/RMX’, with all profits from the beer being donated to the world-renowned Manchester Cancer Charity, NHS Christie Charity.
In a statement, the band said: “We have been friends with Paul Jones (Co-Founder and Managing Director of Cloudwater) for a long time and have enjoyed a fair few sessions tasting his beers and chatting about music. We have been talking about doing a beer together for a while but the remix album felt like a great connection and as we are all based in Manchester we wanted to give all the profits to a local charity. We choose The NHS Christie Charity, a specialist in cancer treatment centre based in Manchester, as it is something close to our hearts”.