Wonderful Noise Japan
Here’s Riki Gooch working (again) under his Cave Circle alias – it’s been a busy time for releases just recently with Cave Circles’ 12”, My Heart Is A Beating Drum and then the recent cassette tape release under another of his working aliases, DJ OBOE.
But Apricity, a new Cave Circles EP is his finest selection of sounds today – an inventive, impressive business-card-of-music, it starts with the brooding, synth-bass and drums of Waves, reminiscent of John Carpenter’s 70s and 80s movie score work. And then with Rocks we have the lovely long, loping strides of a more overtly instrumental hip-hop – something you could imagine coming from Dilla.
Apricity showcases Gooch as beat-maker and musical visionary, but also as producer and key-collaborator – Seven Davis Jnr’s soulful vocals drive the late-night R’n’B of Kiva, Parks adds to that vibe with his contribution on Mirrors, the music riding on a slightly more chopped-and-screwed wheelbase; the wonky broken-beat funk of the preceding Garden is yet another walk in another stroll in a different set of shoes.
Black Rainbow is the guest vocalist on the closing track, Housekeeping. You might know her as Leila Adu – the collaboration between Gooch and Adu has provided many wonderful tracks scattered across albums and EPs by both musicians.
Apricity is dark and wounded, but there’s hope emerging within these bruised sounds. It’s a must-hear and a perfect introduction to the many musical worlds that swirl within, that Riki Gooch effortlessly conjurers.