Bombay Monkey’s material is somewhere in the region of Lemon Jelly, Avalanches and Handsome Boy Modelling School. These prolific writer-producers who began working together in 2000.
Although essentially a duo, they play live audio-visual sets with CJ Thorpe (Code Marla) and Dave Tonkinsmith (Sound Sanctuary). Their production skills have been utilised by singer Rosco John (best known for his work with with Archive), DJ 1 st Rate (an original Scratch Pervert who has also toured with Morcheeba and US3) and, more recently, Lo-tek’s own H2SO4.
They describe their sound as being “not unlike alchemy. We are constantly searching for the perfect balance of poetry, rhythm and melody – 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 under 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, Bombay’s brand of magic and science is channeled through an array of software and hardware and is at turns atmospheric, rhythmic, heady, melodic or just plain funny….and sometimes all five.