Luke Vibert

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Luke Vibert
Luke Vibert performing at Liquid Lounge in Cork City on 21 November 2008
Luke Vibert performing at Liquid Lounge in Cork City on 21 November 2008
Background information
Birth nameLuke Francis Vibert
Also known asPlug, Wagon Christ, Kerrier District, The Ace Of Clubs, Amen Andrews, Spac Hand Luke, Butler Kiev, Luke Warm
Born (1973-01-26) 26 January 1973 (age 50)
OriginRedruth, Cornwall, UK
GenresElectronic, IDM, acid techno, DnB, trip hop, drill and bass
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
Instrument(s)Keyboards, synthesizer
Years active1990–present
LabelsRephlex, Ninja Tune, Astralwerks, Warp, Nothing Records, Mo' Wax, Planet Mu
WebsiteBrainwashed page

Luke Vibert (born 26 January 1973) is a British electronic musician and producer, also known for his work under several aliases such as Plug and Wagon Christ. Raised in Cornwall, Vibert began releasing projects in the 1990s across varied genres, including techno, drum and bass, and trip hop. He has recorded on labels such as Rephlex, Ninja Tune, Planet Mu, and Warp.

Early years: 1990s[edit]

Vibert's first musical output was in a variety of bands, including a punk act called Five Minute Fashion and later a Beastie Boys-esque group called the Hate Brothers, but he quickly moved into the low-cost environment of solo electronic composition.[1]

Vibert grew up in Cornwall and attended the Wesleyan Methodist Truro School along with a number of key members of Aphex Twin's Rephlex Records crew.[2] Luke and another school friend, Jeremy Simmonds, released an album on Rephlex under the name of Vibert/Simmonds which attracted attention from the Rising High music label. As a result of the popularity of the style in the early 1990s, Rising High commissioned an ambient music album from Vibert, who delivered Phat Lab Nightmare under the alias Wagon Christ in 1993.

Vibert pioneered the "drill 'n' bass" subgenre, which experimented with jungle and drum 'n' bass breakbeats, on his 1995 EPs under the name Plug.[3] He would go on further over the next few years to produce more music under the Wagon Christ name for Rising High and Ninja Tune.

2000 and onwards[edit]

In late 1999 and 2000, Vibert began touring with BJ Cole to promote their fusion album Stop the Panic. In 2002, he would begin a series of live collaborations with Aphex Twin. Although Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert never released an album together, Aphex Twin used the song name "Analord", from Vibert's album Lover's Acid, for a series of EPs. Vibert's later releases varied in style as he released albums under various names, including Plug, Amen Andrews, Kerrier District and Spac Hand Luke. "Amen Andrews" is a word play on the name of Irish game show host Eamonn Andrews, referring to the fact that each Amen Andrews track uses the Amen break. In 2004, Vibert explored acid disco when he remixed a Black Devil song, which was released on Disco Club (Remix) and released his first album under the alias Kerrier District.

In 2006, Vibert's song "Shadows" was featured on the DJ mix album A Bugged Out Mix by Miss Kittin,[4] which charted at number one-hundred seventy on the French Albums Chart.[5]

In 2007 he founded a club night with Posthuman called "I Love Acid" after his track. In 2019 it won Best British Club Event in the DJ Mag awards. A vinyl-only record label of the same name was founded in 2014, with Luke contributing two EPs and an album "Valvable" written entirely on three pieces of Roland equipment: TB303, TR808, and JX3P.

In 2015, he participated in the musical transmedia Soundhunters broadcast on the Franco-German channel Arte. For this project, Vibert appeared in the film Speak the way you breathe [6] directed by the American film director Antonino D'Ambrosio and composed an original music of the same name.



Title Alias Release Label
Weirs Vibert/Simmonds 1993 Rephlex
Phat Lab Nightmare Wagon Christ 1994 Rising High
Throbbing Pouch Wagon Christ 1995 Rising High
Drum 'n' Bass for Papa Plug 1996 Blue Planet
Big Soup Luke Vibert 1997 Mo' Wax
Tally Ho! Wagon Christ 1998 Astralwerks
Stop the Panic Luke Vibert & B. J. Cole 2000 Astralwerks
Musipal Wagon Christ 2001 Ninja Tune
YosepH Luke Vibert 2003 Warp
Kerrier District Kerrier District 2004 Rephlex
Sorry I Make You Lush Wagon Christ 2004 Ninja Tune
Lover's Acid Luke Vibert 2005 Planet Mu
Amen Andrews Vs. Spac Hand Luke Amen Andrews, Spac Hand Luke 2006 Rephlex
Benefist The Ace of Clubs 2007 First Cask
Chicago, Detroit, Redruth Luke Vibert 2007 Planet Mu
Moog Acid [7] Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert 2007 Lo Recordings
Rodulate Vibert/Simmonds 2008 Rephlex
Rhythm ルーク・ヴァイバート 2008 Sound of Speed
We Hear You Luke Vibert 2009 Planet Mu
Toomorrow[8] Wagon Christ 2011 Ninja Tune
Back On Time Plug 2011 BEAT Records
Ridmik Luke Vibert 2014 Hypercolour
4 Kerrier District 2015 Hypercolour
Bizarster Luke Vibert 2015 Planet Mu
Luke Vibert Presents UK Garave Vol. 1 Luke Vibert 2017 Hypercolour Records
Smell The Urgency Bluke (Luke Vibert and BluRum13) 2017 Besides Records
Sense The Urgency Bluke (Luke Vibert and BluRum13) 2019 Ropeadope
Valvable Luke Vibert 2019 I Love Acid
Luke Vibert Presents Amen Andrews Luke Vibert 2020 Hypercolour Records
Luke Vibert Presents Modern Rave Luke Vibert 2020 Hypercolour Records
Luke Vibert Presents Rave Hop Luke Vibert 2020 Hypercolour Records
Recepticon Wagon Christ 2020 People of Rhythm
GRIT Luke Vibert 2022 Hypercolour Records
Machine Funk Luke Vibert 2023 De:tuned


Title Alias Release Label
Sunset Boulevard EP Wagon Christ 1994 Rising High
At Atmos EP Wagon Christ 1994 Rising High
Rissalecki EP Wagon Christ 1995-03 Rising High
Redone EP Wagon Christ 1995-09 Rising High
A Polished Solid Luke Vibert 1995 Mo' Wax
Me & Mr. Sutton Plug 1997-07 Blue Planet
The Power of Love Wagon Christ 1998-06-02 Astralwerks
Lovely Wagon Christ 1998-08-25 Astralwerks
'95-'99 Luke Vibert 2000-06 Planet Mu
Homewerk Luke Vibert 2002-05-10 Planet Mu
Shadows Wagon Christ 2004 Ninja Tune
Sidthug Spac Hand Luke 2006-06-06 Rephlex
Moog Acid Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert 2006-06-26 LoEB
Kerrier District 2 Kerrier District 2006-07-11 Rephlex
Here It Comes EP Plug 2006-11-30 Rewind
Rubber Chunks EP The Ace of Clubs 2007-06-04 First Cask
Mate Tron Luke Vibert 2007-07-02 Planet Mu
Instant Vibe Luke Warm 2014-04-21 Blueberry Recordings
News of the World Amen Andrews 2014-11-10 Blueberry Recordings
Turn EP Luke Vibert 2018-01-19 People of Rhythm
Arcadia Luke Vibert 2014-04-12 De:tuned

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Alias Release Label
Drum 'N' Bass for Papa/Plug EP's 1, 2 & 3 Plug 1997-09-09 Nothing/Interscope
Nuggets: Luke Vibert's Selection Luke Vibert 2001-08-07 Lo Recordings
Further Nuggets Luke Vibert 2002-05-20 Lo Recordings
Luke Viberts Nuggets 3 Luke Vibert 2013-10-14 Lo Recordings [9]


Title Alias Release Label
"Plug 1 Visible Crater Funk" Plug 1995 Rising High
"Plug 2 Rebuilt Kev" Plug 1995 Rising High
"Plug 3 Versatile Crib Funk" Plug 1995 Rising High
"Do Unto Others" Luke Vibert 1997 Mo' Wax
"Drum 'n' Bass 'n' Steel" Luke Vibert & B.J. Cole 1999-11-01 Law & Auder
"Spring Collection" Luke Vibert & B.J. Cole 2000-10-31 Cooking Vinyl
"Receiver" Wagon Christ 2001-02-20 Ninja Tune
"Ataride/Tomorrow Acid" Wagon Christ 2001-06-12 Ninja Tune
"Classid Trax" The Ace of Clubs 2002 Paperplane
"Vol 01" Amen Andrews 2003-08-12 Rephlex
"Vol 02" Amen Andrews 2003-09-09 Rephlex
"Vol 03" Amen Andrews 2003-09-23 Rephlex
"Vol 04" Amen Andrews 2003-08-12 Rephlex
"Vol 05" Amen Andrews 2003-11-04 Rephlex
"Shadows" Wagon Christ 2004-08-24 Ninja Tune
"Lover's Acid" Luke Vibert 2005-03-14 Planet Mu

Compilation appearances[edit]

Song title Alias Released on Date released
"Get Your Head Down" Luke Vibert Ninja Cuts: Flexistentialism 1996
"Argos" Plug Mealtime (Planet µ Records Compilation) 1997
"Rewind Selecta" Butler Kiev µ Allstars - Criminal/Hang All DJ's Volume 3 2000/2003


Song title Alias Released on Date released
"Vacuum Sucker" Wagon Christ Aural Expansion - Remixed Sheep 1995
"Turtle Soup (Wagon Christ Mix)" Wagon Christ DJ Food- Refried Food 1996
"The Lake Of Winter (Wagon Christ Mix)" Wagon Christ Nobukazu Takemura - Child's View Remix 1996
"The Perfect Drug (Remixed by Plug)" Plug Nine Inch Nails - "The Perfect Drug" Versions 1997
"Radio Babylon (Luke Vibert Mix)" Luke Vibert Meat Beat Manifesto - Original Fire 1997
"Genius (Luke Vibert Mix)" Luke Vibert Pitchshifter - Genius Single 1998
"Tank (Luke Vibert Remix)" Luke Vibert Cowboy Bebop Remixes: Music for Freelance 1999
"Shin Triad (Wagon Christ Mix)" Wagon Christ Squarepusher - Maximum Priest E.P. 1999
"Timing, Forget The Timing (Kerrier District Remix)" Kerrier District Disco Club (Remix) 2004


  1. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 361. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  2. ^ Stuart Aitken (28 November 2003). "Rephlexology".
  3. ^ Reynolds, Simon. "kid606 - Down With The Scene review". Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Miss Kittin - A Bugged Out Mix By Miss Kittin (CD)". Discogs. Zink Media, Inc. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  5. ^ " - Miss Kittin - A Bugged Out Mix By Miss Kittin". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Soundhunters (4/4) - Speak the way you breathe". ARTE (in French). Archived from the original on 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Bleep". Bleep. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Review: Wagon Christ - Toomorrow". Resident Advisor.
  9. ^ "Luke Viberts Nuggets 3 | Lo & Behold". Retrieved 26 April 2014.

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