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Getting the lowdown on Luke Vibert, aka Wagon Christ


Feature: Jack Foley

LUKE Vibert is the latest success story to hit the Ninja Tunes label.

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 different.

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 Flower's Pops… (oops).

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 the album.

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