“Mingus-meets-Motorhead melange of garage rock, improvised jazz, metronomic beats and extreme volume.”
“Troyka are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with; like King Crimson for the iPod generation.”
“A fascinating conjunction of dance-derived beats, abstract electronica, ambient music, Schofield-like guitar funk, and John Zorn-ish free-iazz.”
Troyka are London-based musicians Chris Montague (guitars and loops), Joshua Blackmore (drums) and Kit Downes (organ). A multi-textured trio with a febrile imagination where no role is pre-defined, their music twists and mutates in a visceral mash-up of rock, jazz and dance music. With fewer boundaries than ever in today’s musical world, source material and influences can – and do – come from anywhere; think Tim Berne, Aphex Twin, Deerhoof, Albert King and Flying Lotus and you have some idea of where these guys are coming from. They sound more like Tony William’s Lifetime remixed by Burial than the classic hammond organ trio.
In 2009, Troyka, hit the music scene full on by releasing their eponymous debut album (“free-rock thrash alternates with lyrical snatches of melody” as the Guardian put it), featuring on Micachu’s ‘Filthy Friends’ mixtape and making it into Jazzwise’s Top Ten Album’s of the Year.
Highly impressed with Troyka’s music, composer Django Bates was commissioned by Cheltenham Festival in May 2011 to write a set of music to be performed and broadcast for BBC Radio 3. He chose to put Troyka at the heart of this writing process, highly inspired by the trio’s use of rhythm and texture.
In June 2012, Troyka made the front cover of Jazzwise, to coincide with their second release ‘Moxxy’, and were named by Time Out as one of the Top 10 Live Acts in London alongside Plan B, Zun Zun Egui, The XX and Hotchip. Later that year, the band was included in the Jazz FM Award nominations in two categories: Cutting Edge Jazz Innovation and Best UK Jazz Act.
The following year, summer 2013, saw the band played some key festivals such as Love Supreme, Latitude, Jazz a la Villettes in Paris, Elb Jazz Festival in Hamburg, NattJazz in Bergen, and Frankfurt Jazz Festival, as well as selling out the Southbank’s Purcell Room in London with their acclaimed ‘Troyk-estra’ big band project whose ‘Live At Cheltenham Festival’ live album also won Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Album.
In 2014, Troyka signed to the forward thinking Naim Jazz label, where they will release their third studio album, ‘Ornithophobia’, in January 2015. For this album the band decided to take the bold decision to invite Swedish producer Petter Eldh (himself a seasoned musician, playing bass for Django Bates and Marius Neset) to produce and mix the album. The band’s unpredictable, yet catchy, melodies woven into complex time signatures are all present on ‘Ornithophobia’, but it’s the flavours of textural beds, polyrhythmic post-dance, haunting trip-hop and atmospheric post-rock, which truly mark this album as the fruition of five years’ worth of musical experimentation.
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