Ever since I first discovered Feed Me’s Big Adventure in 2010, I have been obsessed with his music. Jon Gooch has been around since 2004, though at the time he was releasing drum and bass under his alias, Spor. Over time he released a few dubstep tracks before he released his first Feed Me material, the Raw Chicken EP. 

When he releases music under the Feed Me alias, it is a mix of styles and genres but mostly leaning towards electro and dubstep. He has been part of multiple labels and does all of his own graphic design. On August 13, his third album, Feed Me, was released, and I couldn’t be happier with how great it is.  The more I listen to his latest release the more I fall in love with it.

Album cover for "Feed Me," by Feed Me (Jon Gooch)

"Feed Me" by Feed Me (Jon Gooch)

The first track of the album, “Big Kitten,'' hits you like a brick to the face. Once the song gets going we are met with crashes, hard kicks, and the wonderfully distorted bass and electric guitar. The breakdown and buildup are brilliant. The way Jon creates tension always seems so clever. 

“Blanket Ban” starts out with some fun robot voices hidden under some electric guitar. One of the reasons I have always been drawn to Feed Me is the amount of electric guitar or synths that mimic guitars in his music. Throughout the track there are plenty of distorted guitars and crunchy basslines. One of the melodies reminds me of the Halloween theme song every time it comes in. 

The first single from the album is “Reckless” featuring Tasha Baxter. I love everything about this song. The swirling bassline and synth wave lead compliment the vocals beautifully.  The sound design on the song is unreal. The way he creates so much space while having overpowering basses always impresses me.

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My favorite song on the album has to be “Cost a Fiver Had a Tenner.” The beats and distorted buzzing bass are reminiscent of his early work. About halfway through the track it gets crazy. There is a breakdown that changes time, and it turns into a straight up rock song. The guitar during this section is manipulated in so many ways my ears have a hard time identifying what effects are being used. 

After thrashing around for the last bit of the previous tune, “Night Boat” slows things down. I enjoy the way the distorted bass, clean bass, and clean guitar are switched up constantly. After the buildup there is so much energy created by the bassline it always gets me moving. 

I love the subtle progressions throughout “If It Bounces.” The bleeps and beats create seamless changes. The crunchy bass is the focal point of the track and Jon’s sound design shines through.

“Stupid Small Face” is another track with a ton of guitar and crazy solos. All the chugging power chords and manipulated feedback adds so much intensity. My favorite part of the song is when the acid bass comes in. I really hope he brings his guitars with him when he tours. 

“Frank Frazetta” is a fun electro house track. The familiar down-pitched Feed Me voice repeats the name over and over while a warbled bass is manipulated. This song reminds me of a lot of his older music. I love how Jon’s sound constantly evolves, but all of his music has a distinct feel to it. 

The only other song with vocals is “Stop Motion” featuring HEIGHTS. This breakbeat track has a killer funky bassline. One of the reasons I resonate with his music so much is because of how bass heavy his music is. The vocals are brilliant and the pads during the chorus are so lush.

  Sometimes Feed Me likes to make trance tracks like “Tamp Tamp Tamp,” and it always makes me happy. The beginning of the song has some really fun horns and orchestral beats that have lots of frequency shifters creating some interesting artifact effects. The driving bassline is so catchy and the hard-hitting snare compliments it so well.

The last track of every album is usually more of a downtempo track. “Feather Crown” has a slower beat, but man do the synth and bass have a ton of energy. I love how intricate and glitchy the synths and beats are. At the end of the tune there is a female voice that says, “I love you,” and I think it’s the perfect way to end the album.

This is probably my favorite album to come out this year, and I can’t wait to see what he does with it live. Feed Me is starting a North America tour in October, and I hope he does a few more live streams since he puts a lot of work into his live show. Currently you can get the album on all streaming platforms and there are limited vinyl and cassette releases.

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