GOLDFISH are without doubt the most exciting live band in the country at the moment. Their unique blend of deep house grooves, live instruments and hypnotic vocal samples have made them the must-see band of the year."
"GOLDFISH are without doubt the most exciting live band in the country at the moment. Their unique blend of deep house grooves, live instruments and hypnotic vocal samples have made them the must-see band of the year."
Goldfish’s wildfire rise to the top of the burgeoning South African music scene has been nothing short of extraordinary. In the year since their hugely successful debut album Caught in the loop was released, Goldfish opened for artists including Fat Boy Slim, Mr Scruff, The Audio Bullies, Stereo MC's and in the process brokering Album releases in the UK and Japan.
Voted Best Live act in 2006 by 24.com, their tracks have been released on compilations worldwide, with Number One Hits in South Africa on 5fm, numerous regional stations as well as reaching number one on the SAMP3 Download Charts. Hailed as the Re-invention of the DJ, their intensive touring schedule has seen them take their unique Cape Town sound to sold-out shows across the globe.
Both accomplished Multi-instrumentalists and Jazz musicians in their own right, David Poole and Dominic Peters have taken their grounding in Jazz and broken boundaries on the dance floor combining Samplers, Saxophones, a Groove box, Keyboards, Vocoder, Electric Double Bass, Flute and effect units into a spur-of-the moment, cutting-edge incendiary live remix performance. When performing live, they are DJs so to speak, but with no predestined CD or Vinyl. Everything is created live, allowing a completely unique, spontaneous performance at every show.
Goldfish have forged a completely distinctive and unique style, mixing elements of old school jazz records, soaring African vocals, Deep House, screaming synths and a positive, uplifting feel you just can’t put your finger on.
“Whether it’s performing to thousands on the beach in Cannes, rocking out a club in Japan, or playing a sundowner set in Cape Town, we just love what we do…”
It clearly shows. With their infectious enthusiasm converting any audience they play to, Goldfish are sure to do the same to you.
Caught in the loop is a double-disc release consisting of a CD, as well as a DVD, which features a documentary\interview, and VJ set by Iaminawe - mixing videos of Goldfish’s live performance and animation to the sounds of the album. http://www.goldfishlive.com/ Videos and more at MySpace.com
Goldfish are currently recording their follow up album, due for release August 2007
“One of the first acts to truly jump the great divide between dance and live excitement” - 24.com
“Make no mistake, these boys are gonna to be BIG! The two multi-instrumentalists captivate the crowd, and have the UK contingent scratching their heads and saying to each other ‘we’ve got to get these boys over to Europe…’ Essential.” - TrusttheDJ.com
“GOLDFISH ... store that name in your memory for longer than 3 seconds, cause these guys are going places.” - Thunda.com
“This album shows that heavy jazz cats can make music that is accessible and bursting with groove” - MIO.co.za
“Did I mention there are only two of them? Go see a live set, and then buy the disc at the show along with the bonus DVD. You will thank me.” - Blunt magazine
“We dig these guys!” FHM
“With Goldfish, you can clearly see they are brilliant. There is nothing like playing a classic instrument to prove you’re a real artist, and people thrive off this element of their show. In fact, unless you are standing right up in the front row, you wouldn't be able to grasp the full complexity of what they are doing…Goldfish are breaking traditional mindsets about this music genre” - Durbanscouts.co.za
‘Their musical class shines through with elements of Nu-Jazz and traditional African Jazz mixing brilliantly with bluesy Café jazz ala St Germain. But they’re no copycats. Goldfish has their own sound and it is wonderfully South African with the sophistication of Europe.” – BPM magazine
"GOLDFISH are without doubt the most exciting live band in the country at the moment. Their unique blend of deep house grooves, live instruments and hypnotic vocal samples have made them the must-see band of the year." Anythinggoes.co.za
• Voted top live act in South Africa by 24.com
• Top 5 Finalist In Top Billing hottest new South African Act
• Hits NO#1 on 5FM hi5 Charts with track All Night for three consecutive weeks, and 20 weeks in the top 25. (May 2006)
• Performances alongside Fatboy Slim, Audio Bullys and Stereo MC’s (the Coca Cola Colab March 2006)
• Opening Performance for Mr Scruff (Oct 2006)
• All Night hits No 1 on MFM dance charts 3 weeks running (April 2006)
• International performances 2005\2006: in UK, Dubai, Japan, France, Namibia and Seychelles
• Live 2hr Radio Mix on Top SA station 5fm New Years E`1ve 2006
• Voted FHM album of the month
• Goldfish voted No 1 in Elle Magazine hot 40
• September/October 2005 Cover of BPM magazine.
• Cover of Brand Magazine 2006 1st quarter Featuring the artwork, design and branding of Caught in the loop
• International releases of Caught in the loop by Black Mango Music(UK) and Rambling Records(Japan)
• Track Mbira Beat selected by Virgin Mega store in the UK to feature on the compilation entitled staff choice: Virgin down tempo Grooves.
• Invitation to perform in Cannes, France, as Headline Act of the International Advertising Awards, The Lions
• Interview in DJ MAG(UK) December 2005
• Performances @ Top SA music Festivals, Oppikoppi, Up the Creek, Rocking the Daisies, Vortex New Years Eve.
• Performances @ Top Clubs around SA: notably Opium, Hemisphere, Numbers, Society, Vacca Matta, The Lennox, Deluxe, Rhodes House, Sudada, 88, Roka, FTV café(CT and JHB)
• Dream released on Breathe Sunshine vol.2 - track 4 ( voted 4th best compilation by UK music festival and website - The Big Chill)
For all inquiries email:
For South African Bookings contact:
Raymond Bloom 0836020202
For international Bookings contact:
Goldfish features on these compilations:
Breathe Sunshine Vol 2 Track: Dream (2004)
"Palace lounge presents Cafe d Afrique II, The Clio Va Va Voom Edition" Track: Dream (2005) David Gresham Records – released in RSA, USA and CANADA
The Real Earth Vol 1 Track: The Real Deal (International release by Amabala Records and Urban Pulse) (2005)
"Palace lounge presents Cafe d Afrique III, The Clio Va Va Voom Edition" Track: Times May Change You(2006) David Gresham Records - released in RSA, USA and CANADA
Breathe Sunshine vol 3 Tracks: The Real Deal and Mbira Beat (2006) Black mango music
Virgin Staff Favourites, Downtempo grooves Track Mbira Beat (2006) Petrol Records
"Palace lounge presents Cafe d Afrique IV, The Clio Va Va Voom Edition" Track: The real deal (2007) David Gresham Records- released in RSA, USA and CANADA
Goldfish CD Reviews:
Caught in the Loop | Artist : Goldfish | Genre : Electronic (www.thunda.com)
GOLDFISH ... store that name in your memory for longer than 3 seconds, cause these guys are going places. The duo of David Poole and Dominic Peters, both members of jazz outfit "Breakfast Included" have put together a monster debut electronic album "Caught in the loop".
Both artists come from a jazz background, studying Jazz at UCT, but they've picked up some serious electronic skills along the way. Their combination of traditional jazz instruments such as upright Bass, flute and saxophones; with electronic devices such as samplers, a Groove box, vocoder and keyboards, results in a sound somewhere between jazz, house, electronica and down tempo chill out. All of which is topped with a distinct African flavour, setting them apart from other players in the genre.
Personally, what I loved most is how some of the tracks have the ability to be both extremely chilled, yet so unbelievably uplifting at the same time, depending on the mood you're in.
People often feel the need to punt South African artists, just because they are South African. But these guys don't need it. This album is on par and above the international levels, and they are already getting international exposure with their track, "Mbira beat", being selected by Virgin Mega store staff in the UK to feature on the compilation entitled, "Virgin down tempo Grooves".
The album also comes with a DVD featuring an interview, along with a Vj set of the tracks. Visit www.goldfishlive.com to purchase or download the album, and if you are lucky enough to have them playing in your area, go see them live, you won't be disappointed.
So if you're a fan of st Germain, you will definitely be into this. If you have no idea who I am talking about, get educated, and get Caught in the Loop with Goldfish.
Reviewer: Andre van Assche
Record Label : Amabala Records
Extract from MIO.CO.ZA review:
A while back I was in CD Wherehouse in Rosebank and asked a customer assistant what music was catching the customer’s ears. The assistant mentioned a couple of laid-back guys from Cape Town whose jazzy electronica never failed to get peoples feet tapping when played in the shop. He didn’t have to tell me the name of the group was Goldfish. Caught In the Loop perfectly captures the energy and sound of their live shows and is a wonderfully crafted opus that oozes style and musicianship.
Cover/Art: 4/5 | Sound/Technical: 4/5 | “I like it factor”: 8/10
Goldfish are a pretty unique phenomenon on the SA live music scene. While they are serious, heavy jazz musicians, and while they are undoubtedly a live act, the sounds they produce would more readily be associated with computers and turntables. Yes, Goldfish are a live electronic act, as much as that may sound like an oxymoron, and they consist of upright bassist Dominic Peters and saxophonist David Poole, along with various music-making toys and guest vocalists. The easiest comparison would be to St Germaine, but that’s misleading since Goldfish have their own sound.
We say: Wow. This album shows that heavy jazz cats can make music that is accessible and bursting with groove, when they're in the mood. Caught in the Loop covers a lot of ground, from house to downtempo, and even makes a pit stop in tranceland on Highfalutin, which somehow combines elements of thumping trance with nu-jazz in a way that works, a difficult move to pull off. From the beautiful vocals on The Real Deal through to the grimy bass on All Night (an obvious single) and the delicious downtempo of Mbira Beat, this album has plenty of tasty moments and is a work of pure quality. Props also to whoever designed the excellent packaging.
Final word: Chilled, yes. Easy to get into, definitely. Generic, not even a bit. A rare accomplishment and a worthwhile addition to any music collection.
South African Sound Explosion, 4 Jul 2006
Reviewer: Andre Bryson - See all my reviews
Goldfish are an extremely talented duo with a uniquely fresh jazzhouse sound that will have you moving from the first beat. The first track, 'The Real Deal', takes you to the rolling plains of Africa with its beautiful vocals, and an excellent combination of uplifting beats with thought-evoking piano. For the feeling of having relaxed afternoon drinks at a seaside cafe I recommend 'Last Tango In Paradise' and 'Four Forty Blues' as they are easygoing chill-out songs. 'Times May Change You' is a great intermediary song to play within the twilight zone between relaxed pre-drinks and partying. The mid-tempo, melodic nature of the song gives the feeling that one associates with the excitement of the evening to come. 'Mbira Beat' and 'Obey' carry similarities to the style of St. Germain (a great favourite of mine), yet once again African influence within the vocals has been used to create an original sound. The upbeat nature of many of the songs, including 'Love and Hate', 'Egyptology', 'All Night', 'Wait A Minute', `From Zanzibar With Love', and 'Highfalutin' is cleverly counter-poised by the hauntingly beautiful (and much acclaimed) 'Dream'. With amazing vocals and downtempo beats 'Dream' encapsulates a mood of seclusion and contemplation, projecting you into the vastness of Africa. 'Caught in the loop' takes its listeners on a journey through the African soundscape, fulfilling every desire that your ear could wish to hear. A must-have for any fan of lounge, jazz, house, or dance music.
Review on mweb.co.za
Caught in the Loop
The number of compositions and the wealth of musical talent Goldfish have to draw from testifies to the value of sticking around and achieving real musical maturity.
Their comfortable, warm fusion melts snatches of rich homegrown mbaquanga vocals with the pulse of post-chillout beats and controlled electronic wizardry - you know, just enough synth to remind you that the aliens may already have landed, but not so much that you wish they'd just go home and let you sleep.
They're very Cape Town, and definitely appeal to a good looking clique. Think cocktails in Camps Bay or a sweaty night in an open air Greenpoint club's courtyard, not beer in Long Street.
"music you can really live to, wake up to and come down to"
Goldfish have their origins in long-life, heavily pasteurized jazz outfit Breakfast Included, who were nothing if not solid, and tended to score plenty of well paid gigs making an atmosphere. You'd expect to see them at the launches of music festival, playing the coffee shift at the same festivals, warming up the waterfront... they are respected, if mutedly.
Caught in the Loop is much fresher and more interesting than anything Breakfast Included did, though. The emotional appeal added by vocalists Melanie Scholtz, Monique Hellenberg, David Pool and in particular the deep-voiced Zimbabwean Max Vadima, combined with simple but perfectly evocative lyrics stir hopeful and, for want of a better word, "Summer" feelings. The varied intricacy of the dance beats playing friendly games with the melodies carried by sax, flute, guitar, keyboards and voice will wipe the sneer off all but the most stubborn rock fan's face. Let's hope it also reminds dance fans that there's more to chillout needn't be creepy or chilly, and that live electronica can give most mere recordspinners a serious run for their money.
The bonus DVD really is a bonus. It includes a geekishly charming interview with Goldfish and a very cool VJ version of the CD with graphics by Iaminawe, which mix heavily digitized forms with shots of table mountain, windsurfing, beach scenes and club scenes.
Goldfish are not just the coolest chilled dance act on the club scene this summer. Though they're fantastic live, this album proves they record like a dream. They make music you can really live to, wake up to and come down to for years to come.- Jean Barker
BPM MAGAZINE SEPT/OCT 2005
“Times may change you” Man I’m kicking back singing along to the slinky grooves of Caught in the Loop, a truly classy offering from SA duo Goldfish. These Jazz muso, house head, funksters are onto something here. Combine gentle jazzy melodies, upbeat smoking house grooves and just a touch of blues along with simply gorgeous vocals and you’re well... gonna find yourself caught in the loop! This debut album is a well crafted selection of down-tempo instrumentals, med-tempo breaks and four to the floor house grooves. Both Dom and Dave’s musical class shine through with elements of Nu-Jazz and traditional African Jazz mixing brilliantly with bluesy Café jazz ala St Germain. But they’re no copycats. Goldfish has their own sound and it is wonderfully South African with the sophistication of Europe.
Review in Blunt Magazine December’05 issue
This album is nothing compared to seeing these guys live. Not because of the quality of the recording. On the contrary, the production is superb. I say this, because watching these guys play is an experience unto itself, one that no mere disc could rival. Dom and Dave mix loops and live instruments flawlessly, playing the flute, double bass, keyboards and saxophone over beats that are the equivalent of any top shelf producer out there.
Dom also uses this thing called a theremin, which is a laser that alters the pitch and tone according to the position and angle of your hand in proximity to the beam. Did I mention there are only two of them? Go see a live set, and then buy the disc at the show along with the bonus DVD. You will thank me.
- Blunt Magazine Editor - Dorin Bambus
Review in FHM magazine February 2006
Take two Capetonians trained in Jazz, add some samplers, vocoders, keyboards, upright bass, flute and sax and you have got Goldfish, SA’s finest new electro artists. David Poole and Dominic Peters manage to combine electro and live music into a beat-fest of uplifting, jazzy, chilled-out tunage.
The album was mastered in the UK, so its got an international polish, but the music itself is grounded squarely in Africa, with elements of jazz, breakbeat, ambient and dance. Comes with a DVD of trippy VJ effects. We dig these ous!
Review in Femina Magazine February 2006
Lovers of deep house will be impressed by this stylish and slick debut album from local duo Goldfish. It’s a lively fusion of hypnotic house, African Jazz and blues with some surprisingly good vocals from guest Suanne Braun thrown into the mix. Try to catch them live if you have a chance. Listen to it and support really good local music.