mango thomas epk
genre-defying • rule-bending • mind-bending
Hailing from Manchester, UK, Mango is a multi-instrumentalist electronic producer, sweeping you off your cognitive tootsies in progressive, psychedelic journeys through jungle, jazz, funk, punk, drum n' bass, dubstep, metal, and Mongolian throat singing (to name a few). Guided seamlessly through blends and transitions, you'll start off in one place and end up somewhere completely unexpected!
Driven by influences such as Sphongle, Squarepusher, Igorrr, Tool, and System of a Down, and further filtered through modern rave music and classic hip hop, Mango's sound can be defined as angsty undertones topped with humour; skill and finesse splattered with reckless intensity; a well of depth and complexity doubled up as urinal. Mango Thomas is raw, unpredictable and if nothing else ... unique!
Mango performs via Ableton using a midi controller, whilst playing and looping guitar, bass and keyboards and singing both lyrics and Mongolian chants.
Following the disintegration of psychedelic funk-rock band Dirty Flowers, which he founded and for which he sung, wrote and played bass, Mango decided to focus on solo production and performance, and in early 2019, began making his own music. Later that year, he released his first body of work, 'Mango Thomas EP', and in 2020 released his 2nd EP, 'Mango Thomas Goes De.EP', from which the video for his single 'Found My Place' gained him over 16,000 views and 700+ new followers on Facebook.
He has since played a range of gigs including Moovin Festival (2021) and Beat-Herder Festival (2022 & 2023) and has supported Top Cat in May 2022 and Paddy Steer in March 2023. He has been playing guest bass in flamoyant jazz-punk band Ask My Bull since 2021, and their drummer, Harry Summers, often plays with Mango for his live sets.
Mango is currently adding the finishing touches to his latest body of work 'Fuck the Algorithm'; an 8-track EP with 6 tunes and 2 interludes. The EP will be drip-released, with each track dropping 2 months apart.
"Bonkers. Pretty much the only thing missing is the kitchen sink ... but the important thing is… it works. The mix of disparate styles, the matching of modern dance influences to prog sensibilities, the rhythmic complexity, the invention and wit, and the ease with which all those are combined."
"Holy wow! I'm spitting my coffee all over the screen. Now, I believe this is what you call a trip."
"Imagine an alternative universe where the Mad Professor is remixing Bootsy Collins, but in this realm Bootsy actually fronts a thrash metal band, and Frank Zappa peers over the mixing board putting his tuppence in; something like that, but more bonkers."