on 25 March 2003
After having read various different reviews of one of Luke Vibert's previous records (having brought Musipal first). I thought I would give it a go and what came out of my speakers through the next hour or so completely changed my perspective of electronic music. It is at the same time downtempo, funky, jazzy, drum and bassy and downright head bopping stuff. If I was to put ten items into a time capsule destined for the year 3000 this would have to be one of them. It is an outrageously cool album, so fun and yet so rich!!!!! My one query of this album is that it is very tricky to get hold of if you don't order off amazon so come on all of you space age groovers get hold off this once in a lifetime album. Nobody will ever produce an album quite like this in the world take my word for it.
on 30 May 2001
A worthy addition to fans of trip hop, breakbeat and Ninja Tune, Tally Ho! is a fun, sample oreintated album but THANKFULLY not as kitsch-y or cheesy as I had worryingly expected! Though similar stylistically this album is a lot better than his latest "Musipal" which suffers somewhat from the irritating cheesiness i've just been describing. The tracks are thick and and warm with atmosphere and layers of beats and samples, remaining fresh and distinctly original throughout, standout tracks surely being Shimmering Haze, Rendleshack and Piano Playa Hata. Oh and a great summer album!
on 17 July 2000
Tally Ho! is the first full-length offering from Luke Vibert's funky alter-ego, coming after his departure from MoWax records and signing with mainstream giant Virgin. It's quite possibly his most sophisticated and fully realised work to date- the king of the laid back lounge groove offering here a beautifully crafted series of seemingly perfect tracks. Lush string samples ('Fly Swat','Memory Towel'), wholesome bass lines ('Crazy Disco Party') and bizzare antique synth samples throughout produce a sound that is always intricate, always interesting, yet totally relaxing. The sheen and finesse is gauged just right, too. Suffering less from his overblown ironies on such earlier works as 'Big Soup', 'Tally-Ho!' is a truly georgous record that can be played over and over again whilst letting you pick out jsut the right amount of new things each time. Make sure you have a very stylish lounge and a comfortable sofa.....
[Recommended Wine: A dry Pinot Noir (or maybe a Cabernet if you like your dance muzak a little fruitier)]
on 21 June 2010
Quite simply one of the best electronic albums ever made. Hardly anyone has heard of it, but everyone who hears it, loves it. I actually consider this a work of genius that makes many other electronic artists output sound over-rated. Treat yourself!
on 16 April 2009
OK, so you've got to be a fan of trip hop, sampling, a little scratching and jazzy grooves to dig this, but this album is a breath of fresh air. What's more, it was released in 1998! Having waited eleven years to buy this (for no reason I can fathom now), this album is remarkably fresh, original and varied. After so long, it reminds you what music is really capable of (and also drives home the sad truth that most new albums lack any real creativity). Sick of albums where each track sounds an awful lot like the last? Tried the likes of Coldcut, Mr Scruff and DJ Yoda and are wondering what to buy next? Trust me, this will not disappoint. In fact, dare I say it makes everyone else seem like they're trying too hard!
on 15 March 2013
I know this album like the back of my hand yet still find it a wonder to behold. It's surprising, it's uplifting, it's still got so much to give 15 years after its release. Mysterious film strings, melancholic piano flourishes, insistent bass lines, hazily beautiful melodies, sublime layering of drum loops and a nice sense of humour without the Mr Scruff cosy-ness. Vote Tally Ho!
on 2 August 2004
This album is an absaloute classic. not many people have yet heard of Luke Vibert or Wagoin Christ. But this really is an unfound gem. The way its all placed together is genius. Nearly everytime I put it on, someone nearly always comes over and asked me who this is.They think its fantastic. That it really is. Its quite hard to get hold of, but worth every penny.
Best tracks are paino playa hater and Tally ho