Goo aka le Gooster-Fractal Abstraction-cd
Goo is the Geneva-based DJ/producer Le Gooster, who helped promote the Swiss hip hop scene by forming the Five Star collective with Rollercone.
His tracks were first presented in the States in 1997 on the Five Star Galaxy compilation released by Shadow Records, who also released his subsequent debut, Zig Zag Zen.
Le Gooster's downtempo instrumental hip hop displayed the kind of creatively arrangements associated with DJ Krush and the early Mo Wax crew.
Several years on he now runs his own label, Synchrovision, producing high quality tracks bringing together filmic strings & beats, warm acoustic vibes and layers of voices.
Like his French cousins Goo likes the quasi narrative quality of the MC, who's cliched patter is often best left to the live party experience.
But in a track like "Maintain Flavor," nicely placed MC bytes support a dreamy female vocal while a Lalo Schriffin-style clavinet riff creates a suspenseful mood.
Goo's arrangements also bring a new psychological angle to a ragga rap,
contrasting reverberant vibes with alien electronix while MC JP flips on the patois in "Offishall Chamberlain."