Risotto (album)

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Risotto (Fluke album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Fluke
Released 26 May 1997(Circa)
30 September 1997(Astralwerks)
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Techno, downtempo, big beat
Length 73:22
Label Astralwerks, Circa
Producer Fluke
Fluke chronology
Progressive History X
(2001)Progressive History X2001

Risotto is the fourth album by British electronica group Fluke, first released on 26 May 1997 at label Circa Records and 30 September at Astralwerks. The album is named after the dish risotto (Italian: [riˈzɔtto]).This is also last album recorded with Mike Tournier.

Many of the tracks that brought Fluke to a larger audience are featured on this album, including "Atom Bomb", used on the Wipeout 2097 soundtrack, and "Absurd," used in many films/trailers, including a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle commercial, Sin City in 2005, and the episode "Chaos" from the show "Spaced".

Absurd was also used as the main theme for Sky Sports' Monday Night Football program from August 1997-May 1998 and from August 2009 to May 2017

The album artwork was designed by The Designers Republic and features a chrome-plated KitchenAid mixer.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
Pitchfork Media9.0/10[3]
Melody Makerpositive[4]

Writing for Melody Maker in October 1997, Neil Kulkarni gave Risotto a very positive review, singling out the album's lyrics as a highlight; "[Fluke] have the dumbest greatest deepest lyrics in dance – "Baby's got an atom-bomb/a motherfuckin' atom bomb" is the greatest heavy metal lyric never written; "Anybody with a heart votes love" is a chorus Stevie Wonder would be proud of; "Think big that's only half as large/Bigger, better, twice as hard" is Ooompah-Loompah haiku made pop poetry."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Absurd" – 5:48
  2. "Atom Bomb" – 5:45
  3. "Kitten Moon" – 9:18
  4. "Mosh" – 6:20
  5. "Bermuda" – 7:57
  6. "Setback" – 8:54
  7. "Amp" – 8:09
  8. "Reeferendrum" – 7:22
  9. "Squirt" – 6:15
  10. "Goodnight Lover" – 7:34


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly (10/31/97, p. 109) - "... their beats are as relentless and no-frills as traditional techno gets." - Rating: B
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Kulkarni, Neil. "Review: Fluke - Risotto, Virgin". Melody Maker. IPC Media (October 4, 1997): 51.