Luke Vibert

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Luke Vibert
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Luke Vibert performing at Liquid Lounge in Cork City 21/11/08
Background information
Birth name Luke Francis Vibert
Also known as Plug
Wagon Christ
Kerrier District
The Ace Of Clubs
Amen Andrews
Spac Hand Luke
Butler Kiev
Born (1973-01-26) 26 January 1973 (age 41)
Origin Redruth, Cornwall, UK
Genres Electronica, techno, trip hop, acid jazz [1]
Years active 1993 to present
Labels Rephlex, Ninja Tune, Astralwerks, Warp, Nothing Records
Associated acts Jeremy Simmonds, B.J. Cole, Jean-Jacques Perrey
Website Brainwashed page

Luke Vibert is a British recording artist and producer known for his work in many subgenres of electronic music. Vibert began his musical career as a member of the Hate Brothers, only later branching out into his own compositions. Vibert has recorded under several different aliases, most notably Plug and Wagon Christ.

Early Years: 1990s[edit]

Vibert's first musical output was in a variety of bands, including a punk act called Five Minute Fashion and later a Beastie Boys-esque group called the Hate Brothers, but he quickly moved into the low-cost environment of solo electronic composition. Although Vibert originally had no intention of ever releasing any of the recordings, his reputation as a creative young voice in his field created a demand for his work.

Vibert originally became involved in electronic music through his interest in hip-hop as well as the environment of bedroom experimentalism associated with the swelling late 1980s UK dance scene.

Vibert grew up in Cornwall and attended the Wesleyan Methodist Truro School along with a number of key members of Aphex Twin's Rephlex Records crew.[2] Luke and another school friend, Jeremy Simmonds, released an album on Rephlex under the name of Vibert/Simmonds which caught the ear of Caspar Pound's Rising High music label. As a result of the popularity of the style in the early 1990s, Rising High commissioned an ambient music album from Vibert, who delivered the well-received Phat Lab Nightmare under the alias Wagon Christ in 1993.

He would go on further over the next few years to produce more music under the Wagon Christ name for Rising High and Ninja Tune, as well as introducing more aliases such as Plug (drum and bass/jungle), with the 1996 album 'Drum and Bass for Papa' which gained critical acclaim.

2000 and onwards[edit]

In late 1999 and 2000, Vibert began touring with BJ Cole to promote their fusion album Stop the Panic. In 2002, he would begin a series of live collaborations with Aphex Twin. Although Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert never released an album together, Aphex Twin used the song name "Analord", from Vibert's album Lover's Acid, for a series of EPs. Vibert's later releases varied in style as he released albums under various names, including Plug, Amen Andrews, Kerrier District and Spac Hand Luke. "Amen Andrews" is a word play on the name of Irish game show host Eamonn Andrews, referring to the fact that each Amen Andrews track uses the Amen break. In 2004, Vibert explored acid disco when he remixed a Black Devil song, which was released on Disco Club (Remix) and released his first album under the alias Kerrier District. In 2006, a collection of vintage Plug drum'n'bass songs were released on Here It Comes EP.

In 2006, Vibert's song "Shadows" was featured on the DJ mix album A Bugged Out Mix by Miss Kittin,[3] which charted at number one-hundred seventy on the French Albums Chart.[4] In 2009, he contributed a cover of LFO's song "LFO" to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.

Critical reception[edit]

"It was under the alias of Wagon Christ (along with other equally vital monikers like Plug, Vibert & Simmonds, and later more simply in his own name) that Vibert helped to redefine the rules of electronic music in the UK in the early to mid '90s - alongside a bunch of reprehensible mates that included Richard D. James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin), Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Mike Paradinas (µ-Ziq), Chris Jeffs (Cylob), and the labels Rephlex and Warp," stated journalist Andrez Bergen in an article that appeared in Japan's Daily Yomiuri newspaper in 2003.

"Together they assimilated such diverse elements as hip hop beats and drum & bass into the more eccentric take on electronica they tweaked, and kick-started a virtual insurrection in sound around the world." [5]

Discography[edit]

Full length albums[edit]

Title Alias Release Label
Weirs Vibert/Simmonds 1993 Rephlex
Phat Lab Nightmare Wagon Christ July 1994 Rising High
Throbbing Pouch Wagon Christ March 1995 Rising High
Drum 'n' Bass for Papa Plug 29 July 1996 Blue Planet
Big Soup Luke Vibert 7 July 1997 Mo' Wax
Tally Ho! Wagon Christ 28 September 1998 Astralwerks
Stop the Panic Luke Vibert & B. J. Cole 25 January 2000 Astralwerks
Musipal Wagon Christ 6 March 2001 Ninja Tune
YosepH Luke Vibert 13 October 2003 Warp
Kerrier District Kerrier District 22 March 2004 Rephlex
Sorry I Make You Lush Wagon Christ 13 July 2004 Ninja Tune
Lover's Acid Luke Vibert 19 October 2005 Planet Mu
Amen Andrews Vs. Spac Hand Luke Amen Andrews, Spac Hand Luke 11 July 2006 Rephlex
Benefist The Ace of Clubs 18 June 2007 First Cask
Chicago, Detroit, Redruth Luke Vibert 16 July 2007 Planet Mu
Moog Acid [1] Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert October 2007 Lo Recordings
Rodulate Vibert/Simmonds 24 June 2008 Rephlex
Rhythm ルーク・ヴァイバート December 2008 Sound of Speed
We Hear You Luke Vibert July 2009 Planet Mu
Toomorrow Wagon Christ March 2011 Ninja Tune
Back On Time Plug 3 December 2011 BEAT Records
Ridmik Luke Vibert March 2014 Hypercolour

EPs[edit]

Title Alias Release Label
Sunset Boulevard EP Wagon Christ 1994 Rising High
At Atmos EP Wagon Christ 1994 Rising High
Rissalecki EP Wagon Christ March 1995 Rising High
Redone EP Wagon Christ September 1995 Rising High
A Polished Solid Luke Vibert 1995 Mo' Wax
Me & Mr. Sutton Plug July 1997 Blue Planet
The Power of Love Wagon Christ 2 June 1998 Astralwerks
Lovely Wagon Christ 25 August 1998 Astralwerks
'95-'99 Luke Vibert June 2000 Planet Mu
Homewerk Luke Vibert 10 May 2002 Planet Mu
Shadows Wagon Christ 2004 Ninja Tune
Sidthug Spac Hand Luke 6 June 2006 Rephlex
Moog Acid Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert 26 June 2006 LoEB
Kerrier District 2 Kerrier District 11 July 2006 Rephlex
Here It Comes EP Plug 30 November 2006 Rewind
Rubber Chunks EP The Ace of Clubs 4 June 2007 First Cask
Mate Tron Luke Vibert 2 July 2007 Planet Mu

Compilations[edit]

Title Alias Release Label
Drum 'N' Bass for Papa/Plug EP's 1, 2 & 3 Plug 9 September 1997 Nothing/Interscope
Nuggets: Luke Vibert's Selection Luke Vibert 7 August 2001 Lo Recordings
Further Nuggets Luke Vibert 20 May 2002 Lo Recordings
Luke Viberts Nuggets 3 Luke Vibert 14 October 2013 Lo Recordings [6]

Singles[edit]

Title Alias Release Label
"Plug 1 Visible Crater Funk" Plug 1995 Rising High
"Plug 2 Rebuilt Kev" Plug 1995 Rising High
"Plug 3 Versatile Crib Funk" Plug 1995 Rising High
"Do Unto Others" Luke Vibert 1997 Mo' Wax
"Drum 'n' Bass 'n' Steel" Luke Vibert & B.J. Cole 1 November 1999 Law & Auder
"Spring Collection" Luke Vibert & B.J. Cole 31 October 2000 Cooking Vinyl
"Receiver" Wagon Christ 20 February 2001 Ninja Tune
"Ataride/Tomorrow Acid" Wagon Christ 12 June 2001 Ninja Tune
"Classid Trax" The Ace of Clubs 2002 Paperplane
"Vol 01" Amen Andrews 12 August 2003 Rephlex
"Vol 02" Amen Andrews 9 September 2003 Rephlex
"Vol 03" Amen Andrews 23 September 2003 Rephlex
"Vol 04" Amen Andrews 12 August 2003 Rephlex
"Vol 05" Amen Andrews 4 November 2003 Rephlex
"Shadows" Wagon Christ 24 August 2004 Ninja Tune
"Lover's Acid" Luke Vibert 14 March 2005 Planet Mu

Compilation appearances[edit]

Song title Alias Released on Date released
"Argos" Plug Mealtime (Planet µ Records Compilation) 1997
"Rewind Selecta" Butler Kiev µ Allstars - Criminal/Hang All DJ's Volume 3 2000/2003

Remixes[edit]

Song title Alias Released on Date released
"Vacuum Sucker" Wagon Christ Aural Expansion - Remixed Sheep 1995
"The Lake Of Winter (Wagon Christ Mix)" Wagon Christ Nobukazu Takemura - Child's View Remix 1996
"The Perfect Drug (Remixed by Plug)" Plug Nine Inch Nails - "The Perfect Drug" Versions 1997
"Radio Babylon (Luke Vibert Mix)" Luke Vibert Meat Beat Manifesto - Original Fire 1997
"Genius (Luke Vibert Mix)" Luke Vibert Pitchshifter - Genius Single 1998
"Tank (Luke Vibert Remix)" Luke Vibert Cowboy Bebop Remixes: Music for Freelance 1999
"Shin Triad (Wagon Christ Mix)" Wagon Christ Squarepusher - Maximum Priest E.P. 1999
"Turtle Soup (Wagon Christ Mix)" Wagon Christ DJ Food- Refried Food 2003
"Timing, Forget The Timing (Kerrier District Remix)" Kerrier District Disco Club (Remix) 2004

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Endelman (28 March 2000). "*** Luke Vibert and BJ Cole STOP THE PANIC (Astralwerks)". Music review. Boston Phoenix (online magazine). Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Stuart Aitken (28 November 2003). "Rephlexology". mad.co.uk. 
  3. ^ "Miss Kittin - A Bugged Out Mix By Miss Kittin (CD)". Discogs. Zink Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  4. ^ "ultratop.be - Miss Kittin - A Bugged Out Mix By Miss Kittin". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  5. ^ Vibert Admits Moral Bankruptcy, Andrez Bergen. Daily Yomiuri, October 2003.
  6. ^ http://www.lorecordings.com/release/luke-viberts-nuggets-3/

5. http://www.bonafidemag.com/luke-vibert-x-bonafide-beats-06/ Luke Vibert mix for Bonafide Magazine