GOODING

Album: "3X" (2001)
Label: S3 Records
Style: Electro Funk
Songs: 11
C

Reviewed by: Darklight

Gooding, in the past, has made some excellent music breaking the barriers of various genres such as electronic, New Age, pop and rock. He has decided to go in a new direction with this release focusing much more on the bass and percussion side of his music.

The all instrumental tracks contained on this disc feature drum Ďní bass beats mixed with funk elements as well as enchanting soundscapes. At times this music sounds like Deleruim, and at others it sounds like something Fatboy Slim or Moby would make.

The music is rather experimental with a lot of different musical directions always coming and going. While this does work for the most part, I feel that Gooding gets a little too carried away with the funk flavor. Itís for this reason that the true potential of this music isnít heard. In the mix are a lot of creative ideas and workings, but the funky samples, bass and beats hinder the whole package in my opinion.

The more enchanting compositions here are the ones that I like the most as they feature a lot of mood and emotion layered with beauty. But the urban sounding funk tracks do not work for me.

I like to see Gooding experimenting with different ideas here, but I know that he has the potential to do so much more with his music. The whole tribal and funk sound has been overdone already. I feel that Gooding should focus his talents in different areas on his next release.

 

 

Album: "Collection #1" (1998)
Label: S3 Records
Style: Experimental/Ambient/New Age
Songs: 11
B

Reviewed by: Darklight

This CD is a collection of B-Sides and demos performed by Gooding. The tracks delivered here are experimental instrumentals with a lot of different sound layering including electronics, samples, acoustic guitars, bass, tribal drum beats, etc. Some tracks are fairly fast paced with energy, while others are more mellow and ambient. While I could see people that like bands such as DEEP FOREST, DELERIUM and ENIGMA enjoying this, it also does have kind of a New Age feel to it as well. If you are in the mood for atmospheric music without any vocals covering anything up, you will most likely enjoy this CD.

 

 

Album: "Winter's Return" (1998)
Label: S3 Records
Style: Ambient / Instrumental
Songs: 16
B

Reviewed by: Darklight

The music delivered on this CD is light and uplifting ambient sound art created with various musical instruments such as acoustic guitars, piano, drums and keyboards. Everything here is layered with beautiful melodies and sound textures. These are powerful instrumentals with a lot happening in them. There are many moods presented here, as well as a lot of different styles of musical influences that range from classical to rock. The music is melodic with beautiful harmonies and diverse sounds and layering to add variety. It ranges from slow mellow pieces to more energetic rhythms and beats. It's all very interesting and creative. It does have an enchanting feel to it. If you enjoy mesmerizing ambient style instrumentals such as what DEEP FOREST, DELERIUM and ENIGMA create, then you will most likely enjoy Gooding.

 

Album: "Songs From The Unrealized Film Script
Factory Blue" (1997)

Label: Sixth Sense Studios
Style: Dark Ambient
Songs: 12
B

Reviewed by: Darklight

This CD offers dark atmospheric style instrumentals that feature a lot of mood and drama. This music is cold and haunting with some beautiful sounds to be heard created by sequencing, piano, keyboards and sampling. It's rather mellow and ambient and will take you away on an emotional journey. There is a lot happening here that will hold your interest and allow yourself to get lost in the soundscapes. Turn out the lights and relax as the music takes you away to only a place that your imagination can create.