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BOMBAY MONKEY ‘130 ASTRONAUTS’ – LO-TEK

 

Bombay
Monkey’s
new
album ‘130 Astronauts’ is the third in
a “trilogy of four parts” following ‘Vanish
(2005) and ‘Time Travellers’ (2006). Although
130 Astronauts’ is themed around space,
the album title is actually derived from the number of space cadets that used to drop
by at 130 St Johns Road in Tunbridge Wells, where Bombay
Monkey
first started making tracks together.

 





 

Bombay
Monkey
describe
their sound as being “not unlike alchemy, constantly searching for the perfect balance
of numbers – high magic through high maths –  mixing
the past with the present and the organic with the chemical.”

 





 

130
Astronauts
’ features Rosko John,
Mr Thing, Red Eye, Sound Sanctuary
and The
Origamis
and
was recorded
at
their own studio located on a very old farm in The
Ashdown Forest, although the initial Bombay Monkey sessions were a very different
story. Andy explains:




 


“Guy
shared the flat (the ground floor of an old Victorian semi) with two rappers, Natty
and Dwella
, and a skater/graffer Jay.
I’d turn up with an MPC 2000, a zip drive, and a stack of vinyl while Guy had a mini
disc recorder, another stack of vinyl and a stack of DVDs and videos. In the summer,
we’d work in the garden – a reasonably over-grown space that was just about far enough
away from the road that we could record. In the winter it wasn’t quite as easy. The
flat was in a pretty bad state of disrepair with holes in the floor, a broken front
door, no light in the bathroom and no heating anywhere. Winter recording was never
as comfortable. We’d work in Guy’ room using an oil radiator for heat when we could
afford it and as many tea lights as we could find when we couldn’t.”



It was here that Bombay
Monkey
established their way of making music – avoid computers as much as possible,
never use pre-sets, keep tracks short. Old vinyl and old television would prove to
be their biggest source of inspiration. Strange coincidences kept the synapses firing,
how a sample from a Spanish singer would mesh with Hawaiian guitar in exactly the
right pitch and key as Rosco sang about
leaving a broken down town.




 


Bombay
Monkey
shows
utilise custom built visuals created from vintage film clips, fresh film clips and
extremely fresh animations care of the exceptionally talented ‘CPU’. So far this year,
BM have supported Hexstatic at Cargo, appeared at Digital City and played various
a/v club nights around London and the South East.




Live Dates:

Sat
19th July – Concrete, Hayward Gallery (Istanbul release party)

Sat
9th Aug – Moorfest, Leeds

Thurs
14th Aug – Big Chill House

Sat
30th Aug – Festinho, Suffolk

 

For
more information go to myspace.com/bombaymonkey or lo-tek.co.uk


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