Luke Vibert returns with a new full-length that recalls many of the paths he has so expertly trodden before. Thoroughly funky breaks underpin everything, the rest of these tracks being made up of a kaleidoscopic variety of samples, melodies and tightly tweaked little details. Bizarster is a busily fun record, released by Planet Mu.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 15 October 2015
Luke Vibert is one of the few veterans of the electronic scene that has actually managed to become more imaginative as time has gone on. Maybe it’s because back in the early days, the only thing that existed were varying speeds of house/techno that you needed to take varying levels of speed to get down to. That could be the reason for the lack of diversity on great but limited albums like YosepH. There’s only so much break-acid that you can take.
Vocal snippets become the foreground here once more, the timing and chopping of which rarely cross the boundary to the annoying, playing off the rhythm of the main beats in a way that’s halfway between the old school and the new. I mean, listen to ‘Ghetto Blast Ya’, that’s pure '90's sound right there. As is the classic chicago house of ‘Officer’s Club’. But there are a lot of modern touches on here to be enjoyed, and never executed in a naive “hey guys I can do it too!!!!!” way. Tracks such as ‘Knockout’ and ‘Hey Go’ take subtle influence from trap & dubstep in the half-time pace and that wompy bass control, the synth stabs on the latter sounding like a spooky halloween ghost. This guy loves halloween.
Most of all, there’s this air of ridiculousness that works in the thing’s favour - ‘I Can Phil It’ sounds like a remixed Jools Holland big band show, the beat in ‘Officer’s Club’ seems too bouncy to be true, and even those intro blips to the first track are a bit silly. His tongue is in just the right amount of his cheek.
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