A lot can happen in two years. Relationship break-ups, family problems, personal issues which are difficult to deal with. Life can be very unpredictable, which has been the case for New Jersey musician Space Gang, who has unfortunately dealt with things such as anxiety and depression in the past, which has affected his ability to make music. I’m not in a position to necessarily comment on this, which is why I have invited Space Gang to talk on my new podcast.
Amidst all of this, the talented artist has been able to create and release and inspiring new album, appropriately titled Return of the Goon. With his signature boom-bap sound, he is able to create a mixture of ambience, soulful tones and a dynamic album. In an interview with the great Neon Pyjamas blog, he stated:
“Originally I wanted the album to have the same boom bap SG feeling, just straight chops and all that. But now that I’m back I felt like displaying my versatility, so tracks were added that are completely different from what’s expected of my sound.”
And you can feel that kind of diversity on this project. From the eerie yet beautiful boom-bap feel of ‘Lurk 1990’ to the dark and abrasive ‘Polyester,’ which is a song featuring fellow musician Shrimpnose, this album is full of exciting sounds. ‘Cheer Up’ has a tribal feel to it and Milk & Honey is initially a spiritual piece of harp-led music which flourishes into a colourful groove.
I recommend this album to any hip-hop fan who wants diverse, energetic and memorable instrumental and ambient music. Listen to Return of the Goon below via Bandcamp. Released on DOME OF DOOM Records.