"It's been a long time," Jon Gooch admits. The UK producer and DJ is known to most as Feed Me, but it's his Spor alias that's giving his drum & bass following reason to celebrate. His new Spor album, Calico, was just released as a free download on BitTorrent ahead of it's March schedule.
Far from catering to the EDM boom, Gooch has been a bit of a mystery at times with his different monikers and taking time off from DJing. This uncertainty only proves his artistic integrity though. Spor's absence but a means to deliver something special.
"I wanted to make sure I was doing it for my own reasons. Not to fill a space or do it just to appease people and I wanted to make sure that by the time I came back to doing it I felt as enthusiastic as I did previously about the music."
If you're familiar with either moniker, you know how important the visual elements are to the music. So included with the album is artwork and "a whole host of other exclusive content." And like a true artist, even the BitTorrent delivery method represents the artist's mystery and intrigue.
"Having the Spor album live as a self-sufficient shared container via Bittorrent, something that's everywhere and nowhere at the same time, replicating and spreading - embodies the nature of Spor. It's my underground self."
New Feed Me tracks arrived earlier this year which preceded the first Spor release in quite a while. Now, we have an entire album and an entire work of art to consume. It's all very satisfying and proves that good things - or rather great things - come to those who wait. Gooch may have left the mainstream for a while, but he was hard at work underground. Now you get to reap the reward and download his new Spor album, Caligo, for free. Listen to the album and check out his new tour dates below.
Spor Tour dates - with support from Rene LaVice (excl. Manchester + London)
Feb 26 Stealth, Nottingham
Feb 27 Antwerp Mansion, Manchester
Feb 28 The Shipping Forescast, Liverpool
Mar 01 St Judes, Glasgow
Mar 03 Thekla, Bristol
Mar 04 The Nest, London [Sold Out]
Mar 05 Beaverworks Basement, Leeds