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Monday, 8 March 2004
music appreciation moment: Luke Vibert
Now Playing: Luke Vibert - "I Love Acid"
Topic: music appreciation

i love this cat. doesn't matter what name he's recording under, it's all good. sometimes it's acid-drenched tunes under his own name. other times he's Wagon Christ. he's done off-kilter drum and bass under the names Plug and Amen Andrews. just for the record, Luke Vibert is responsible for my favorite drum and bass album of all time: Drum and Bass for Papa by Plug. the junglists wanna hang me right now for saying so, but screw 'em. you know why? because in the midst of all the dark dubplates and overtly serious steppers, here comes Luke getting all whimsical and silly. he sucked the seriousness right out of the genre and reminded us to have fun again. on the first track of that album, "me and mr. jones," he starts off with a very telling sample from a comedian's act:

"give me my applause now, cause when i'm finished, you'll wish to hell i'd never been up here..."

and from there, it's on. brilliant.

last year was quite the prolific one for him. he released an album called YosepH on the Warp label, then turned around and revisited his Plug period through a string of singles under the name Amen Andrews for Rephlex. on top of all that, he flipped the script on us again...

he recently put out an album under the name Kerrier District. it's all disco tracks. nobody's gonna believe it's him. i also think that Kerrier District is kind of a word play on Metro Area, since they have that retro soulful disco sound, too. only heard one track so far ("disclix"), but it's gorgeous. still in awe. definitely on my want list. he's a total prankster, at heart. he doesn't take himself so seriously that he can't have fun with his music. so yeah, Luke rocks. check his recordings for the Planet Mu label, too.

Posted by macedonia at 12:04 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 12 March 2004 3:53 PM EST
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