October 16, 2014
Something of a gem in UK rave culture, Cornwall-born Luke Vibert has proved to be an artful master of the sub-genre. Since the 1990s he’s delivered his own brand of trip-hop as Wagon Christ, played with disco as Kerrier District, given us jungle as Amen Andrews, and supplied the drum and bass as Plug. His birth name has mostly incorporated 303 jams, like his classic cut ‘I Love Acid’ (Warp, 2003), which later also took the name of his notorious club night.
My favourite Kraftwerk LP is Computer World (surely no surprise!). I remember ‘The Model’, which was a No.1 hit when I was 9 yrs old. Then loved Tour de France a year or so later, but didn’t get the Kraftwerk bug until I got the Computer World album in 1990 or so, when it hit me really hard, and chimed with the times (especially ‘Numbers’). ‘Home Computer’ and ‘It’s More Fun To Compute’ are probably my favourites these days. They’re very robotic of course, but also somehow super funky! I bought the cassette and played it in the car, going for scenic drives in Cornwall, and it really helped open my mind (along with many other things!). Most people tend to think of Kraftwerk as incredibly serious and quite cold, but I always though they were very sweet, and also very funny and piss-taking.