Luke Vibert – Luke Vibert presents Modern Rave

Label · Hypercolour

Released · 29/05/2020

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Juicy Luke returns to Hypercolour for the second time this year with ‘Luke Vibert presents Modern Rave’. I’ll warn you now if it’s an unbiased review you are after or some nobhead with an axe to grind you’d best try another blog!

Ever since I was a grubby impressionable teen, studiously listening to the John Peel show, Vibert has been one of the few producers I can think of who has managed to create a truly personal sound, whilst effortlessly straddling ninety percent of the genres I love.

‘Luke Vibert presents Modern Rave’ is a testament to that. Seemingly weighing in on the current wave of hardcore revivalism, Luke fires up the machines and gets to work delivering an opus of classic rave samples, library influenced melodies and a big dollop of fun.

It opens with ‘Numbas’ where a sample call and response between James Brown and Kraftwerk sets the scene. Let’s face it, if you are gonna talk about rave culture, this is alpha and omega. There’s nothing purer or more honest than the collision of these disparate worlds. Two undisputed originators, poles apart yet merged together. Dancefloor alchemy! Classic Vibert melodies follow — chirpy vocal pads, joyful and slightly unhinged. Things get deep as the bassline drops. Can U Feel it? I certainly bleddy can.

‘Dream’ Is a wicked waltzer banger. Heavy laden with piano riffs. Vibert melds a vocal cut from ‘Daydreaming’ by Baby D with some choral, barbershop sounding thing that, sadly, I don’t recognize and there’s a gorgeous rotund bassline which carries the whole thing along nicely.

My personal favourite is ‘Acid’, which simultaneously reminds me of my childhood — my auntie Donna screaming the hook from D-Mobs ‘We call it Acieed’ in ’88 (I was 7) and my first pill — Late 90’s, a dark barn somewhere in the Oxfordshire countryside. “Acieeeeeeeeed!!!” repeats throughout alongside cruising piano breaks and cuts from Lukes own ‘I Love Acid’. The beat is grooving and the bassline’s got more snake than a Nokia 3210.

This is Vibert’s genius in a nutshell. A master of collage. The Andy Warhol of rave culture. Nabbing archetypal cuts and samples and using them in ways you would never expect. Quirky Roger Roger inspired melodies mixed with Rave references. Middle finger aloft and unafraid of having a laugh. Which, in my opinion, is something we sorely need.

Vibert bys vyken!