• Luke Vibert - Lover's Acid

    Reviewed by Ben Murphy (speakerspushtheair.com)

    <b> Luke Vibert </b> - Lover's Acid

    The first summer of love in 1968 was built on a foundation of counter-cultural politics, far-out rock, kaftans and very powerful hallucinogenic drugs. Canoodling hippy couples were seeing tangerine trees in each other's eyes, fuelled by potent lover's acid. Groovy baby!

    Come the second summer of love - 1988 to be precise - the drug of choice was the disco biscuit, a rather different drug which nonetheless had the ability to transform the most ardent terrace thug into an amorous gibbon, driven by a great lust for life, the universe and everything. You can just hear his refrain 'everyone here is beautiful, man' amidst the backdrop of insistent 4/4 drums, 303s and 'happy' vibes - acid house love in excelsis.

    It's the spirit of the latter that Luke Vibert concerns himself with here, a grab bag of various e.p.s powered by the Roland 303's inscrutable acid squelch. But this being the Cornish cosmic commando Vibert, it's far from the usual we can expect from the little electronic bag of tricks. Using the 303 as an instrument rather than the basis of his tracks, he summons a variety of moods and styles of electronica, manipulating the acid into ever more outlandish forms of funk.

    'Funky Acid Stuff' does what it says on the tin: a sloping dusty, old soul break combines with a familiar 70s funk bassline, as oscillating 303s swirl lasciviously alongside; the presence of the acid lifts the conventional groove out of the ordinary into the realms of the special. 'Homewerk' is all weightless ascending ambient atmospherics, tugged back into gravity by another rolling drum break. 'Gwitihian' is a true revelation; abandoning the acid for a moment of contemplation, Vibert places us in a space of serenity, a quiet, lush flute led trip hop corker.

    Trip hop? Acid? "What is this, 1995?" I hear you quizzically inquire. Indeed, some of the tracks here are defiantly old school in texture and content, having a stripped back simplicity refreshing in this era of overly adorned, emotionally devoid electronica. This is particularly apparent in the delirious Vicks rush offered by 'Acid 2000', a cut that could have easily been delivered via Tardis from 1990. With its wide eyed opening sample ("imagine what the world will be like in the year 2000"), acid squiggles, classic hardcore pianos and a vocal lift from Indeep's 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life', it's a distilled compound of potent dancefloor perfection.

    Of course you can argue that it?s all been done before - you'd be right - but this is incredibly enjoyable music, made with a great deal of care and love which really shows. Lover's Acid? Damn right.

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