Luke Vibert


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Ridmik is Luke Vibert's first birth-name album in five years -- his first since We Hear You, released on Planet Mu. Now aligned with the Hypercolour label, he's once again armed with the TB-303 bassline synthesizer, and he regularly deploys its acid frequencies, as tipped off with titles like "Acid Jacker" and "Double Dipped Acid." While everything is well made, not much separates one track from the next, and sudden jolts of noise and arbitrary tempo shifts transpire just for the sake of it. Around the middle, during a particularly indistinct patch of tracks that skip, twist, and wriggle in predictable patterns, the album begins to sound generated more than crafted -- better suited for the background than active listening. Vibert could probably crank out similar albums on an annual basis. This one is not among the necessary releases in his deep catalog.

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