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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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