The inimitable Jon Gooch has returned with a new Feed Me EP titled Family Reunion. Spanning eight tracks in total, it’s nearly an album’s worth of material, and marks the London producer’s first significant release under the moniker since early 2015.
That’s not to say Gooch hasn’t been active in the time since however — rather, he’s been devoting time to his drum ‘n’ bass alias, Spor, including a recent EP under the namesake titled Black Eyed.
Gooch’s ability to alternate effortlessly between these two identities is a testament to his versatility as an artist. This creative depth is further exemplified by the stylistic range on Family Reunion. From the rugged dubstep sonics of “Red Clouds (Serious Ting),” to the mellow moombahton arc of “Life Raft,” Gooch explores a myriad of genres on the EP without batting an eye.
The EP is at its best when Gooch is playing to his strengths, crafting drawn-out, cinematic arrangements. The opening track, “High Speed Weekend,” for instance, charts a 7-minute journey through lush breakdowns and riveting electro. Similarly, “Trouble,” a collaboration with KANEHOLLER, balances Chelsea Tyler’s vocals with a pleasantly sporadic arrangement that harkens to be experienced live.
His collaboration with Scottish pop darling Nina Nesbitt on “What It Feels Like” is likely the most surprising offering on the package. With its anthemic vocal hook and triumphant chord progression, it’s a veritable attempt at a crossover record — and a catchy one at that. Further surprises like the trap-savvy backbone of “Schizoid” and the snare-filled crescendo of “American Cemetery” make for a definitively satisfying body of work that is sure to appease long-time fans of the producer.
Feed Me said of the new EP: “Family Reunion represents another chapter in my journey, times with old friends and new, and finding new places to call home.”
Feed Me’s Family Reunion can now be purchased via his Sotto Voce impriny.