Already inviting favourable comparisons to the likes of Lemon Jelly, Avalanches and Handsome Boy Modelling School before putting out a record, Guy Martin and Andrew Phillips (aka Bombay Monkey) are prolific writer-producers who began working together in 2000 but have waited until 2005 to reveal the first fruits of their labours.
Alhough essentially a duo, they also work regularly with singer Rosco John (formerly appeared with Archive, pictured right) and DJ 1st Rate (an original Scratch Pervert who has also toured with Morcheeba and US3). Having recently launched lo-tek, a custom–built studio on a remote farm in Kent, Bombay Monkey are working on more new material and plan to release two further mini albums and a full length longplayer in 2006.
|Guy Martin and Andrew Phillips (aka Bombay Monkey)|
The Bombay Monkey boys describe their sound as being “not unlike alchemy. We are constantly searching for the perfect balance of numbers – high magic through high maths. We mix the past with the present and the organic with the chemical.” Disciplined enough to keep each of their compositions to around three minutes in length and with entire albums worth of guitar and string laden original vocal songs and tracks built around cannily chosen voice samples already archived.
Rosco John Bombay Monkey’s brand of magic and science is channelled through an AKAI sampler and is at turns atmospheric, rhythmic, heady, melodic or just plain funny….and sometimes all five.
The intrepid duo have recently had some of their tracks played on XFM by Nick Luscombe on his Flomotion show, while their remix of Wasted by Mankato has been broadcast on Radio 1’s Blue Room. The title track of this debut mini-album was used on the Cybersonica04 cover mount of DJ magazine in November 2004.
For more info on Bombay Monkey including mp3 downloads go to http://www.lo-tek.co.uk/bombay%20monkey.htm