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Transglobal Underground / Press

“Fourteen years on from the moment when TGU radically altered perceptions of what world music could be, the collective remain on a mission to throw as many cultures as possible into the melting pot and make the results palatable to a dance crowd...underneath the vocals the core of the band create the most irresistible rhythms, to which anyone with soul can dance. ”

David Hutcheon - The Times

“Operating not only out of a shifting location, but shifting identity, the Transglobal Underground have returned like a band of cosmic mutant rebels with Moonshout, not so much a nod to their roots in festivals as a salute to the lunacy within us all, a possibly terminal (for us perhaps more so than the band) effort to summon up the will to act and change things. Because the Transglobal Underground, brilliant as they are musically, are as much about community politics, as the division of the album into distinct sections reveals. And then again, maybe not, as the TGU shifts once more... you’ll just have to get it for yourself to find out… if you can locate it, that is. The Underground are already moving on.”

“Transglobal Underground are a British institution. Nearly two decades on from their formation by the multi-talented Djs/producers/musicians Tim Whelan and Hamid Man Tu, their longevity is based on an ability to continually refesh their trademark multicultural sound and stay one step ahead of their many imitators.'”

Jane Cornwell - Songlines

“'Moonshout' takes the listener on a roller coaster ride that includes Balkan beats, Bollywood strings and funky Zulu vibes, all squeezed through the TGU juicer to create something totally original. Recorded in various European locations, 'Moonshout' is packed with offbeat musical ideas...since their inception Transglobal Underground have stuck to their guns and led by example. On the strength of this album everyone else still has a lot of catching up to do.”

Dave Haslam - Rock N Reel

“'This is an entertaining and inventive Transglobal Underground side project, in which programming, guitar and percussion exponents Tim Wheland and Hamid Mantu team up with folk musicians from across Europe to refashion songs of "movement, emigration and exile". Recorded in eight capital cities, this is a Euro-fusion collage of the ancient and modern, in which English folk star Jim Moray is now mixed with beats and scratching effects, and inter-cut with Hungarian singer Nori Kovacs. Elsewhere, there's fine vocal work from Bulgaria's Perunika Trio, a sturdy clash of beats and Polish nostalgia from Village Kollektiv, and a burst of weepie sing-along music hall from Tindersticks' Stuart Staples. It's a bold experiment that actually works'”