For Fans of: Tortoise, the Bad Plus, Radiohead
GoGo Penguin are an instrumental trio boasting a DJ crew name while thriving in an avant-jazz universe. Over three albums, they've often sketched electronic ideas on programs like Logic and Ableton and transferred them to acoustic instruments. The results test tempos, textures and attention spans, nodding to production styles ranging from DJ Mustard to Diplo to Oneohtrix Point Never. On their Mercury Prize-nominated sophomore album v2.0, "Garden Dog Barbecue" simulates the builds and releases of EDM, while the chilled-out DNA of "Hopopono" is closer to trip-hop. Audiences at this year's New York's Winter Jazzfest and Cali megafest Coachella were worlds apart, but both could hear the guys showcase the syncopated discoveries of 2016's Man Made Object.