Release date: 29 June 2009
Credits and About
Christ Montague guitar
Kit Downes organ
Joshua Blackmore drums
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6,7,8,9 and 11 written by Chris Montague and tracks 4, 5 and 10 written by Kit Downes.
Produced by Troyka.
Recorded by Robert Harder at Harder Sounds on 14th and 15th Oct 2008 and 6th April 2009.
Mixed and mastered by Robert Harder at Harder Sounds, London in November 2008 and April 2009.
A multi-textured trio with a febrile imagination where no role is pre-defined, their music twists and mutates in an ongoing dialogue inspired by a shared love of Aphex Twin, the angular world of iconclastic New York saxophonist Tim Berne and the blues-jazz-rock groove of legendary Steely Dan and Billy Cobham guitarist Wayne Krantz. With their visceral mash-up of rock, jazz and dance music, Trokya sound more like Tony Williams’ Lifetime remix by Burial than the classic hammond organ trio. But then that’s the point, they’re part of a new generation of young musicians who refuse to be constrained by the old boundaries. From the elemental groove of Tax Return, to the slide-driven throb of Clint, sly groove of Noonian Song, shimmering, tricksy Twelve and the twisted beauty and carefully calibrated mayhem of Born in the ‘80s, it perfectly nails the bands dark-toned lyricism, shape-shifting grooves and intense improvisational power. Play Troyka loud, they won’t let you down.
‘…the virtuosity and power of the jamming makes your hair stand on end’. – The Guardian
'The sound is stripped-down, intricate yet raw, even garage-bluesy in places, with a smart use of loops and a brilliant understanding of rock dynamics'
'Troyka are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with; like King Crimson for the iPod generation'