Luke Vibert Chicago, Detroit, Redruth

Known mainly under the other monikers of Plug and Wagon Christ, Vibert has carved out a series of noteworthy efforts on some of the trendiest electronic labels, including Lavelle’s Mo’Wax, AFX’s Rephlex, the legendary Warp, cultural breeding ground Ninja Tune and µ-Ziq’s Planet Mu for this latest release. As with many other producers tied to such art house independent labels, he has flown slightly under the radar with his esoteric sound, compared to contemporaries such as Aphex Twin, with whom he has collaborated on several live and recorded efforts. Chicago, Detroit, Redruth comprises a fair cross-section of Vibert’s music, a set of twisted, acidic instrumentals thematically roaming from down-tempo and nu-jazz through to break beat. The consistency of his work since the early ’90s provides a listening quality safeguard but simultaneously disappoints for want of a significant change in genres, where experimentalism is essentially raison d’etre. (Planet Mu)