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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't apologise!
I've been a fan of Wagon Christ aka Luke Vibert aka Plug etc etc. since I heard his genius "Drum and Bass for Papa" LP. This LP stands up to that one, and his other true classic "Big Soup". All the Vibert trademarks are there...genuinely funny samples, expertly sequenced loops and (as a result) hooks to die for.
Unlike his contemporaries like u-ziq and Aphex Twin,...
Published on 23 Jun 2004 by T. Robinson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds in the dirt
I am fairly new to Luke Vibert, but I am aware of the whole Ninja Tune sub-jazz / dance crossover genre... although I prefer their more ambient non jazz artists like Neotropic to the likes of Amon Tobin. Vibert doesn't fall too heavily into the rut of mashing up Blue-Note and noodling over the top, BUT I do feel that most tracks on this album are more like 'unfinished...
Published on 18 May 2010 by PAO 1807


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't apologise!, 23 Jun 2004
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T. Robinson - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sorry I Make You Lush (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of Wagon Christ aka Luke Vibert aka Plug etc etc. since I heard his genius "Drum and Bass for Papa" LP. This LP stands up to that one, and his other true classic "Big Soup". All the Vibert trademarks are there...genuinely funny samples, expertly sequenced loops and (as a result) hooks to die for.
Unlike his contemporaries like u-ziq and Aphex Twin, Luke hasn't got bogged down in trying to make really complicated 2,000bpm polyrhythmic beats that you can't dance to..he just lets the beats roll and concentrates on building fantastic melodies, and making coherent tracks that are just a joy to listen to.
In dance music terms he's a veteran now, and really deserves more recognition outside the whole "Dance" cul-de-sac. This is the kind of music you don't need to be a rabid clubber, nor a dieheard Vinyl junkie to enjoy...its just darn good electronic music written by one of the great unsung heroes of his generation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality dance music with a sense of humour, 25 Jun 2004
This review is from: Sorry I Make You Lush (Audio CD)
Wagon Christ is an interesting musician, recording under many monikers for many labels. For Ninja Tune he writes what could be classed as cheesy music but beyond your initial reaction are a whole host of hugely inventive ideas.
Sometimes the album will depart into Aphex influenced lunar acid as on 'Sci Fi Stair Case' or 'Sorry I Make You Lush' .'Im Singing' has Luke singing on it I think for the first time, 'Shadows' has a beautiful female vocal on top of lush strings. Other elements in this album include funk and hip hop. A very eclectic album by anyones standards. But ultimately Luke Vibert has created a sound all his own... kitschtronica!!
For me this is his best album since Throbbing Pouch the man is an absurd genius....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds in the dirt, 18 May 2010
This review is from: Sorry I Make You Lush (Audio CD)
I am fairly new to Luke Vibert, but I am aware of the whole Ninja Tune sub-jazz / dance crossover genre... although I prefer their more ambient non jazz artists like Neotropic to the likes of Amon Tobin. Vibert doesn't fall too heavily into the rut of mashing up Blue-Note and noodling over the top, BUT I do feel that most tracks on this album are more like 'unfinished sketches' along those lines. I absolutely cannot understand another reviewer's comparision with Aphex Twin though... and I know Aphex & U-ziq very well indeed.

I said 'Diamonds in the Dirt' and yes I mean it. Vibert seems a bit self conscious on most tracks and they just don't seem to achieve what they're trying for HOWEVER there are two absolute stand out pieces that deserve to be heard -

I AM SINGING - Quite a simple premise for this one - a vocal loop, guitar and a bass-line but it is really catchy and well sampled. It reminds me a lot of mid-80s Ryuichi Sakamoto and I could easily imagine this track being by RS with vocals by Thomas Dolby if I didn't know better.

SHADOWS - Absolutely the best thing on this album! LV takes the lush strings of John Barry's '007 and counting' from 'Diamonds are Forever' and layers in bass, simple spacious vocals and a fabulously weird and wiggly melodic noodle for a track you will have on repeat for quite some time. Written in 2004, this is my 'summer track' for 2010! Fabulous anime style video too - huge futuristic hardsuits running in synch with the beat, interspersed with almost victorian park scenes, with a final reveal that makes you wish there was a full movie to back it up!

If you like Nina-Tune you'll like this album, but long after the self-aware, capuccino-waving, guardian-reading, jazz-dance 'afficionadoes' have lost interest, it'll be SHADOWS that survives, timeless and perfect...
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant at times, but essentially a bit bland, 5 July 2004
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This review is from: Sorry I Make You Lush (Audio CD)
I'm left with the feeling that I've heard it all before, 80's synths, chopped up layered samples, it reminds me of early Paul Hardcastle in places. The collages of sounds he creates do amble along in a kind of uniform but nonetheless interesting way, but on the whole its hardly unique or inspiring. The album highlights would have to be Shadows and tracks 9 and 10. Ninja Tune fans will rave about this....but in an attempt to be more objective I'd say its nice background music, but its not great and certainly nothing to get exicted about. The BBC will probably use it for Gardening programmes....
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Luke Warm, 9 Jan 2005
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Greg (Johannesburg, South Africa) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sorry I Make You Lush (Audio CD)
I was very excited about this album, but it has been very disappointing.. I know that you can't expect artists to produce the same style on every album - they need to explore and progress, however, while this album is technically brilliant, it lacks those powerful tracks, such as Fly Swat, Memory Towel, Step to the Music, Musipal, Bend over and All of it is now. Of course that is my taste but without these types of tracks the album sounds very bland and repetitive, it just lacks that wacky creative edge.. Have tried listening quite a few times and the songs just don't catch...
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