Feature: Jack Foley
LUKE Vibert is the latest success story to hit the Ninja Tunes
His latest album, Sorry I Make You Lush is released on
June 21 and looks set to be another of those must-have records
for the ultra-cool crowd who know their music, and like it a little
So, for anyone who doesn't know the story behind the artist,
aka Wagon Christ, then it goes a little somethin' like this:
Luke Vibert was born and brought up in Cornwall. His dad was
a crazy Jimi Hendrix fan and then got into punk.
His mum preferred Yves Montand and the Beatles. He went to school.
His favourite subject is unknown.
Young master Vibert started playing in various bands and basically
making a bad noise - he puts the oddness of the 'Cornwall Skool'
(contemporaries Aphex Twin and Tom Middleton/Global Communications)
down to the fact that they were so far from any metropolitan style
police that no one really cared what they made, or how it sounded,
or what you called it.
Yet, spurred on by the success of Aphex, Luke began to think
about putting out some of his music.
And then, as luck would have it, a new label, called Rising High,
contacted Luke, as they were looking for new ambient acts.
Needless to say, Luke leapt at the opportunity, even though he
wasn't making ambient music, and Wagon Christ was born.
Having convinced the label, and many of the people buying his
records, that he was a new ambient guru, Wagon Christ continued
to make sizzling, funky chunks of exotic business, culminating
in the masterful Throbbing Pouch.
But by this time, he had also discovered the joys of name-changing.
Rephlex released his Vibert-Simmonds project, which is best described,
by his own PR, as a series of 'weird and slightly droney collaborations
with a man named Simmonds'.
Blue Planet released his drum 'n' bass numbers under the moniker
Plug, before Mo' Wax signed him up for an album under the most
radical title yet: Luke Vibert.
Wagon Christ saw some major label action, courtesy of Virgin,
while Luke Vibert began a collaboration with renowned steel guitar
player, BJ Cole.
And, in between, he pumped out a host of remixes for, among others,
Nine Inch Nails, Squarepusher, Tortoise, Lamb, Stereolab and Mike
Now, Wagon Christ has come to Ninja (incidentally, the place
where he has already released some of his finest remixes and tunes).
Other projects include producing an album for a US rapper and
continuing live malarkeys with BJ Cole.
So there. You should be caught up now - it's time to check out