Wagon Christ - Toomorrow

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Wagon Christ
Toomorrow
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If the cover art isn’t an indication of the complexity of Wagon Christ (Luke Vibert), then a bunch of scribbles and puzzle pieces would have sufficed. The latest release by Vibert under the name he first started releasing material – Wagon Christ – is both a melding and rhythmic process of beats and samples. A practice of substance over style, Vibert tries to mix dance beats with slinky bass, synth strikes and soulful and even orgasmic samples (literally). There aren’t overly bombastic sequences that pierce the eardrum; instead Toomorrow aims at a skillful hand with hip-hop beats, low-key drum and bass, with a core of electronic energy. Nothing new to a man who helped re-invent what it meant to be in the electronic scene with other former Rephlex and Warp artists during his beginnings.

What Toomorrow accomplishes in the simplest sense is that the samples carry the music within the constructs of what Vibert bonds within. “Ain’t He Heavy, He's My Brother” brings out the best in the simplicity of both the bass and synth that is attached. It never lets up. The circus tune in “Accordian McShane” is in after thought with the repetitious and infectious bass line that breaks. It becomes memorable and haunting as the accordion implements itself as it moves forward, which is why it becomes so much fun to listen to. Yet, there are many moments where the darkness never seems to take over on Toomorrow, conceivably Vibert didn’t want that to happen because a more comedic and livelier musicianship takes precedence over the majority of his latest work.

Happily, Toomorrow never gets tiresome. Most drum and bass albums usually do, due to their narrow spectrum of overly loud, non-stop breaks, but Wagon Christ’s last effort doesn’t fall to this. It paces itself wonderfully well without any hiccups that most would find an annoyance. Arguably, this isn’t a pure drum and bass record, but it still holds those elements in place to be considered at least partially. The samples are met with equally soulful musicianship craft. Sometimes Toomorrow feels as if it was more so an organic constructed album then one that was made piece by piece. That is why it feels so expressive on most of these tracks. Whether it is the shouts of lust by an anonymous woman or the declarations of an unnamed man:

“They give you a blast – bass in yo’ face. We’re about to get ready to do what we’ve been doing all this time.”

Toomorrow moves with warmth track by track brought out by the bass and pacing Vibert has done so masterfully it becomes difficult to pull away.

1. Introfunktion
2. Toomorrow
3. Manalyze This!
4. Ain't He Heavy, He's My Brother
5. Accordian McShane
6. My Lonely Scene
7. Respectrum
8. Rennie Codgers
9. Oh, I'm Tired
10. Wake Up
11. Lazer Dick
12. Sentimental Hardcore
13. Chunkothy
14. Harmoney
15. Mr. Mukatsuku

Wagon Christ is Luke Francis Vibert. Also known as Plug, Butler Kiev, Ace Of Clubs, Amen Andrews, Kerrier District. He is from Cornwall, UK.

After spending years working in the Our Price record store in Falmouth, his first release was in 1994 as Wagon Christ, he contributed the track 'gas fish' to the 'Volume 9' compilation.

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