Spor, the alter ego of UK dubstep legend Feed Me, unexpectedly released his long awaited drum and bass album, Caligo on February 19th after it leaked earlier in the week. This comes hot on the heels of a dubstep release from his Feed Me persona, entitled A Giant Warrior Descends on Tokyo. While Caligo showcases the same expert production chops Jon Gooch (Spor’s human name) exercises on all of his projects, he also shows a range of talent that he rarely has the chance to exercise in the genre of dubstep. Drum and bass is an entirely different animal, and Spor approaches it as such. Tracks on Caligo run deep, with earth-shattering drum kits and aggressive guitars that lend an impressive air of chaos from the machine to some of the harsher cuts (such as “Empire”). Spor does not shy away from melodic tendencies either. "As I Need You features a heartfelt female vocal performance, undercut by spacy, whirling synths and trembling bass, none of which detracts from the signature drums which act as the vicious current of this 13 track album.
Perhaps most notable about Caligo is the nature of its release. After it was plagued by leaks earlier this week, Spor released the album as a bittorrent with a “pay what you will” system. This album is completely free, although paying $1 or more will grant you access to a metric ton of bonus content, including extra tracks, mixes, and artwork.
“D&B required me to fight, to strive, to improve my ability, my conviction.” says Jon. “For you, my output might look like a row of items on a table, equal and comparable, available for reference, but for me the music I've released as Spor looks like a slow climb up a sheer face. Some parts look painful and frustrating, others smooth travel. Now I've finally made a Spor album, in my own time, by my own choice. It was still a climb, but it sounds exactly how I always wanted.”
Caligo is available for download at https://bundles.bittorrent.com/bundles/spor
Written By Max Miller