Kerrier District / Benefist / Stop the Panic / Back on Time

Kerrier District, 2004 / Ace of Clubs, 2007 /
Luke Vibert & BJ Cole 1999 / Plug, (released) 2011

You've got to be a tenacious collector to keep up with Luke Vibert. He cuts at least two records a year, under any number of names. Vibert's savvy enough, all these projects are kept stylistically distinct from each other. In this way I've ended up with 4 records by him without violating my rule of 1-record-per-artist.

With Kerrier District, Vibert digs deep into sweaty disco (along with a with a healthy dose of deep bass). Ace of Clubs is a superlative techno-house stomper. Lap steel player BJ Cole joins Luke to go on a downtempo, easy-listening-inflected excursion. Plug was short-lived haven for Vibert's drum-n-bass excursions (before he went further down the break-wormhole as Amen Andrews). All this and I don't (yet) have an album by his most recognizable nom-de-plume: Wagon Christ.

Luke Vibert is no simple beat tourist, trying on different hats. He's a skilled craftsman who innately understands what differentiates one genre from another, and can evoke any given style without leaning on its most obvious tropes. A talent that lets these four albums sound unique, while each is unmistakably the work of one mind.

While Kerrier District and Benefist are more oriented to your feet, the shocker is Back on Time, which ends up almost as laconic as Stop the Panic. Supposedly, the Plug album was recorded back in the mid-90s and sat unreleased for almost 15 years. All the elements Vibert grafts atop his jittery drum-n-bass framework have a swing that feels downright breezy. It makes an interesting companion-piece to the the exotica-tinged album with BJ Cole.