• Luke Vibert - Lover's Acid

    Reviewed by Gary Suarez (brainwashed.com)

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

    From the start, I didn't have much hope for Luke Vibert's latest, a CD reissue of his two Planet Mu records, 2002's Homewerk and 2000's '95-'99, with four previously unreleased bonus tracks. Upon hearing a handful the MP3 samples from the Planet Mu website prior to its release, I was brought back to the grand letdown that was his lackluster YosepH album on Warp Records, which I referred to back in 2003 as "a journey far away from the dancefloor to a rather deep place somewhere inside Vibert's rectum." Fortunately, the material on this CD, while largely unspectacular, isn't nearly as self-serving and kitschy, perhaps due to the fact that 2/3 of it was originally released on DJ friendly vinyl (with the latter 1/3 now available in 12" format as well). The JUST ADD ACID technique Vibert has employed consistently in recent years has produced a catalog of music that dramaticallyvaries in quality, ranging from delicious disco of the Kerrier District project to the over-the-top gimmickry of Wagon Christ's Sorry I Make You Lush. No exception to this phenomenon, Lover's Acid is all over the map. Tedious numbers like "Funky Acid Stuff," "Come On Chaos," and the title track are examples of Vibert's noodling gone boring, lazily blurting and bleeping along with no direction or purpose. A surprising execution of the formula comes on "Dirty Fucker," a rediscovery of the dancefloor with snappy breakbeats and a dirty bleating bassline complete with ominous breakdown and a bonkers acid buildup. Still, the best tracks here are those where Vibert isn't gratituitously doling out sloppy globs of TR-303 like a demented lunchlady. "Gwithian" brings back the spirit of Musipal, deep and jazzy with well placed vocal snippets for feelgood Sunday afternoon vibes. Deceptively starting off minimal and brooding, "Prick Tat" evolves quickly into a smooth hip hop groover shimmering with bright synth patterns and spaced out effects. Despite my initial prejudices, Lover's Acid has more merits than expected, yet still leaves me wanting for something better, something revitalizing. All I can suggest at this point is plead for Vibert to take a chance and return to his old Plug moniker. Considering some of the more "liquid" records coming from drum n bass labels like Hospital, I'm sure he would be greeted with open arms.

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