Boomkat Product Review:
Gooooose turns in one of the year’s most keenly awaited club salvos with ‘Rudiments’, a coolly disciplined but rambunctious volley for fans of classic IDM in AFX/Vibert/Squarepusher mode, crossed with 33EMYBW’s futuristic sound design.
Gooooose emerged in 2017 among a wave of radical prism-pushers from China bolstered by the SVBKVLT clubnight-turned-label, and ‘Rudiments’ is his 5th and most impressive solo album so far. It teams with innovative percussive detail done at the service of the ‘floor and the imagination. We recently had the pleasure of witnessing them play this gear at The White Hotel and can confirm it fully comes alive with amplification, but equally makes for rich headphone immersion, where its layered canvas really opens out on the mind’s eye.
Gooooose’s work is firmly rooted in the classic IDM songbook, but not entirely beholden to it. A multitude of styles, from acid to electro, jungle, trance and contemporary soundtrack music, all glitter and warp with an optimism that once spurred some of the UK’s most fanciful dance music, and is now more often found in its emerging, plugged-in hotspots such as Shanghai and Bejing, to Kampala and Dar Es Salaam, where artists are sending once-futurist templates into a flash forward present.
Gooooose fragments myriad styles with rigorous attention to rhythmic intricacies and custom software designs in nine parts; unspooling from the synaesthetically ripe tones of ‘Burning Smartphones at a Sunset Desert’ to Tom Jenkinson style future funk in ‘Don’t Think’ via the breakbeat anarchitextures of ‘Eggs’, octo-limbed drumfunk in ‘Sandbox’, and the go-go strut of ‘Chips’, to inimitable drum and arp acrobatics of ‘Turn a Roach to a Cleaning Bot’, via sublimely reflective exercises in future jazz on ‘Gin & Broccoli’, and the cosmic electro-jazz of ‘Pea Pod’ and ‘Boids’.