Feed Me’s ‘Escape from Electric Mountain’ EP: the Dancing Astronaut review

Jon Gooch’s electro act, Feed Me, has seen repeated success that past few years with his unique production skills and impeccable sound engineering. Yet, despite his talent, he continues to be one of the most under-appreciated producers in the game today. After the release of his first EP, Feed Me’s Big Adventure back in 2010, anyone with a pair of headphones knew to expect big things out of deadmau5’s prodigal son. His sound is unmistakable – from the first note to the last – every production is a sonic journey, an effortless blend of dubstep, electro, and drum and bass that exists in a genre all its own.

On his third EP, Escape from Electric Mountain, this British producer continues to create tracks outside of his comfort zone.  From drum and bass, to mooombahton, to electro and back again, EFEM is nothing short of gold and acts as the perfect precursor to his upcoming TEETH tour.

Feed Me feat. Hadouken! – Trapdoor (Original Mix) 170 BPM

Clocking in at a face-melting 170 BPM, “Trapdoor” marks Feed Me’s first collaboration with English grime/electronica act Hadouken! Feed Me’s hectic yet melodic style is more prevalent here than on any other track in this package. While we enjoy James Smith’s vocals when he is singing, we could do without the aggressive, nu-metal-esque scream of the track’s title. It seems forced and we’d rather trade that angst for some more melody.

Feed Me – Relocation (Original Mix) 128 BPM

As if Feed Me had been taking some cues from Deadmau5 and Moguai, “Relocation” is a smooth progressive house track with a gentle build and beautiful melodies. His signature wobbles are nowhere to be found here, replaced instead by an elegant, synth-laden bassline that is eerily reminiscent of some of Moguai’s tracks off of MPire. If Jon Gooch wanted to prove that he isn’t a one trick pony, this is the track that did it.

Feed Me – One Click Headshot (Original Mix) 110 BPM

Taking a stupid sample from an internet meme worked for Skrillex and Zedd, but on “One Click Headshot” the sample actually hurts the track. Without the sample, “One Click Headshot” is a moombahton masterpiece, with a groovy off-tempo bassline, infectious high pitched vocals, and just the right amount of wobble to keep bass heads happy and your average listener on the dancefloor. Why he chose to ruin the track with a Counterstrike soundbite is beyond me, but thankfully the 15 or so seconds can be easily ignored during the 4:47-long track.

Feed Me feat. Lindsay – Embers (Original Mix) 128 BPM

This is the Feed Me electro-house style at its finest. A smooth progressive intro leads into Lindsay’s sinewy vocals before launching into Feed Me’s signature groans and squeals. “Embers” is the most balanced and “pure” track on the EP with guttural wobbles acting in perfect harmony to contrast the soft vocal cuts.

Feed Me – Trichitillomania (Original Mix) 128 BPM

What’s in a name? Trichotillomania is hair loss from repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off.  “Trichitillomania” here is the most minimalistic track on the EP. It thumps along without the usual energy we’ve come to expect from Feed Me. Completely devoid of big builds and massive drops, “Trichitillomania” is more mature and understated. Maybe Feed Me’s sound is starting to go bald?

Feed Me feat. Gemini – Whiskers (Original Mix) 140 BPM

The only true dubstep track on the EP, “Whiskers” is in familiar territory with the patented Feed Me wobbles and groans. Accompanied by flighty arpeggios, this collaboration with Gemini is Feed Me for the purists. Anyone who loved his first EP will gravitate towards this track.

Purchase: Beatport