Phil France

Phil France We are delighted to announce the signing of composer, bassist and producer Phil France. A key collaborator alongside Jason Swinscoe in the Cinematic Orchestra, France was responsible for some of the most heartrendingly beautiful music created in recent times. Co-writing, arranging and producing on the Cinematic Orchestra albums including Everyday, Man With a Movie Camera, Ma Fleur and also the triple award winning soundtrack for The Crimson Wing nature documentary, France’s skills have always extended beyond his bass-lines and we are super pleased to give his debut album The Swimmer a worldwide re-release on Friday 3rd March 2017.

John Ellis

GONDCD015 - John Ellis - Evolution: Seeds & Streams

John Ellis is a pianist, composer, producer from the north of England. A founder member of the Cinematic Orchestra (contributing heavily to the albums Everyday and Man With a Movie Camera) he has also worked with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and DJ Vadim and led his own trio and twelve piece big band. In 2015 John collaborated with visual artist Antony Barkworth Knight for the Irwin Mitchell commission at the Manchester Jazz Festival and it is this collaboration that gave birth to John’s debut album for Gondwana Records (Evolution: Seeds & Streams).

Mammal Hands

Mammal Hands - Animalia - Promo Photo - Gondwana Records 2014


Mammal Hands are a trio of like-minded musicians: Nick Smart piano, Jesse Barrett drums and percussion, and Jordan Smart saxophones. Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Bonobo and Pharoah Sanders to J-Dilla, alongside elements of North Indian and African music, they produce their own beautiful, inimitable music – at times wistful and melancholic and others raucous and catchy. They evoke a range of moods, from delicate and subtle to explosive and frantic, blending thoughtful compositions with spontaneity and interplay.


Matthew Halsall

Matthew Halsall promo photo 3 banner crop black & white (2014)

Matthew Halsall is a Manchester based, DJ, bandleader and trumpeter and is one of the UK’s brightest talents. A gifted trumpeter with a beautiful, expressive tone, his music draws on his love of the transcendental, spiritual and modal jazz of Alice and John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as the glories of ’60s British jazz. His albums ‘Sending My Love‘, ‘Colour Yes‘, ‘On The Go‘, ‘Fletcher Moss Park’, ‘When The World Was One’ and ‘Into Forever’ have won him a legion of fans across the world and acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson, DJ Shadow, Mr Scruff and Bonobo.


GoGo Penguin

Gondwana Records artists GoGo Penguin

Championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Huey Morgan, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum, it is GoGo Penguin’s skittering break-beats, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody that contribute to a sound that’s wholly their own. Pianist Chris Illingworth’s yearning classical influenced melodies are filtered through the dance music energy of bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. But there is no leader, no global set of rules. Each member receives inspiration, ideas and information from each other. Their instrumentation might be the archetypal piano trio but while the melodic, harmonic and structural ideas are influenced by both classical and jazz the rhythms are drawn from left field electronica and it’s this meeting of opposites that makes their unique acoustic-electronica sound so exciting and creates such an interesting and emotionally rich palate for the listener.