“ It’s a flawless first release and one Penji should be proud of. I hope to see a lot more of him in the near future—the music scene is this man’s oyster.“
Chris Nulty, Headstuff (read review here)
“With this EP, Penji has revealed a knack of merging the ecstatic with the downbeat.“
Don O’Mahony, The Journal of Music (read review here)
Jazz guitarist turned producer, Penji (AKA Aengus Hackett) hails from Galway, Ireland.
After spending many years honing his jazz chops in Amsterdam, Penji moved back to Ireland where he quickly established himself as one of the country’s leading jazz musicians.
Following several years of experimentation with electronica-influenced post-rock band Zinc,
Penji has finally given into a lifelong passion for electronic music.
This passion is realised in Penji’s eponymous debut release. The four track EP showcases his ability not only as a guitarist but also an able beatmaker. Penji’s lush guitar playing, processed through a plethora of pedals, becomes another animal altogether. Wonky guitar melodies bend in and out of crisp beats and fat synths, to form a collage of compositions which instantly evoke the dreaminess of Boards of Canada.
Produced by Penji in his home studio, the EP was mastered by maestro engineer Bob Macciochi of Subvert Central Mastering UK, who has worked with the likes of Lorn, Om Unit and DJ Shadow. Artwork and photos were created by long-time collaborator AMW Visual.
PENJI EP OUT now