Luke Vibert - Chicago, Detroit, Redruth
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Luke Vibert
Chicago, Detroit, Redruth

Had someone blindfolded me and placed Chicago, Detroit, Redruth into my CD player and pressed play, it would have likely only taken approximately one minute (or less, depending on which track played first) to guess the artist. That statement comes in somewhere between a back-handed compliment and a feeling of comfort, because with the exception of a couple slight wrinkles in his sound, he's largely been pounding out the same sort of sounds since Tally Ho! (as Wagon Christ). Sure, he dabbled with acid a bit more on both Yoseph and the aptly-titled Lover's Acid, but he's been dipping into the same well often for a good half-decade now.

That's not to say that he hasn't offered up some gems. His Stop The Panic collaboration with steel guitar player B.J. Cole was chock full of good times, and his two-part Nuggets and Further Nuggets collected some of the craziest and most fun library music out there and turned them into highly entertaining mix CDs. That said, if I had to choose favorites of his work, I'd still go clear back to Big Soup, or Drum And Bass For Papa (under his Plug guise) as my all-time favorites of his output.

Which sort of brings us to Chicago, Detroit, Redruth, another twelve new songs and hours worth of music from Vibert that's about as recognizable as they come. There are certainly inspiring moments, including the looping piano/synth melody that plays out in the thumping opener of "ComfyCozy" and the eight minutes of acid in "Argument Fly." The mid-tempo rumbler of "God" is surprisingly pretty, taking layered choral vocals and offsetting them with goofy samples and a rumbling low-end.

In many other places, though, it sounds like he's just going through the motions. "Breakbeat Metal Music" offers up vocals courtesy of the over-used speak and spell voice as fairly standard breakbeat programming plays out underneath while "Radio Savalas" blends bland melodies and a repetitive beat into something that feels much longer than its four minute run length. The other weird thing about the release is that if you've been listening to Vibert for some time, you'll recognize a good portion of the individual beat samples and sound effects. As I mentioned clear back at the beginning, it will either be comforting to you, or simply frustrating that he's still dragging his feet in some regards. Personally, I can't help but feel like I've mostly heard this all before.

rating: 610
Aaron Coleman 2007-08-30 20:27:33