After a series of releases where it seemed like he was largely churning out the same tracks over and over again (including this years Chicago, Detroit, Redruth), I'd lost a bit of the long-time love that I had for Luke Vibert. The past half-decade or so, it seems like his best work has come on either collaborations (the fun Stop The Panic B.J. Cole) or when he was working with someone else's work entirely (the two-part Nuggets series). Needless to say, I was intrigued by this new collaboration with electronic music pioneer Jean Jacques Perrey, and fortunately it's mostly a big step back in the right direction for Vibert.
The release is titled Moog Acid for good reason, as Vibert has taken tons and tons of Moog sounds from Perrey and then sculpted them around his usual bonkers beats into a twelve track, forty-five minute release that's both kitschy and varied, dipping into everything from spastic Bollywood-style sounds to space disco and hop-along funk. After a short intro that finds the two players introducing themselves, the album kicks off in earnest with the aptly-titled "Schwing," as something like five layers of heavenly-modulated moogs drift upwards over a chunky beat.
"Analog Generique" is even better, and kicks up the BPM with one of Viberts slurpy beats keeps things cranking. "Dream 106" is the aforementioned Bollywood-style track and twangy sitar bounces off hip-hop style vocal samples, gut-churning bass, and some tricked-out sections that zoom into a completely different style before coming back full circle.
From there out, the two hit the listener with everything from the cartoon-frenzy of "Jjplvdnb" to the grinding disco bump of "Vision For The Future" and over-the-top spacey slammings of "You Moog Me." This isn't the sort of release that comes along and knocks you upside the head with its sheer innovation, but it's nonetheless loads of fun, and a great pairing between a young (35 years old) electronic musician and a pioneer (who's almost 80 years old now) that isn't afraid to let his music get worked over.