Luke Vibert ‎– Big Soup

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Big Soup was released with different tracks according to the version.
The CD has 13 tracks, the vinyl record has 16.
Bonus tracks for vinyl are "C.O.R.N.", "Fresh" and "Original Soundmaster".
The Japanese pressing of Big Soup included an extra disc which was released the same year by itself as "Do Unto Others".

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MW 072 LP Luke Vibert Big Soup(2xLP, Album) Mo Wax MW 072 LP UK 1997 Sell This Version
314-540 736-2 Luke Vibert Big Soup(CD, Album) FFRR, Mo Wax 314-540 736-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
540 736-2 Luke Vibert Big Soup(CD, Album) Mo Wax 540 736-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MW072CD Luke Vibert Big Soup(CD, Album, Car) Mo Wax MW072CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
MW072CD Luke Vibert Big Soup(CD, Album, Car) Mo Wax MW072CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
TFCK-87923~4, TFCK-87923, TFCK-87924 Luke Vibert Big Soup(CD, Album, Min + CD) Toy's Factory, Toy's Factory, Toy's Factory TFCK-87923~4, TFCK-87923, TFCK-87924 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
TFCK-87923~4 Luke Vibert Big Soup(CD, Album, Promo + CD, Maxi, Promo) Toy's Factory TFCK-87923~4 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
540 736-4 Luke Vibert Big Soup(Cass, Album) Mo Wax 540 736-4 Thailand 1997 Sell This Version
MW 072 Luke Vibert Big Soup(Cass, Album, Promo) Mo Wax MW 072 UK 1997 Sell This Version

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Tanabe_san

Tanabe_san

April 7, 2018
referencing Big Soup, 2xLP, Album, MW 072 LP

:,) happy to finally have this gem. Mine's a lil beat up but it's survived 21 years. Vibert's a legend yet sadly he goes so unnoticed. When I first heard this album many years ago I'd only heard Yoseph, We Hear You and a few of his Plug tracks. This album is definitively a Trip Hop one (as much as a few people don't like the label Trip Hop, it encapulates an era) and when I heard it I was blown away by the mastery of his sampling skills. I'd heard Endtroducing... by DJ Shadow and enjoyed that, but Vibert has a certain playful technique to his tunes, much like when you listen to his mate AFX and you can distinguish that "yeah that's most defs the ginger wizard". I hardly listening to DJ Shadow anymore, End was a good album, but Big Soup remains a voyage in to textbook Trip Hop sampling. Vibert himself admits he can't re-capture that sound that made Big Soup what it is anymore (e.g. people ask him to make Plug tracks, but that trick is gone, although his Amen Andrews moniker puts out mad tracks), but perhaps that's a good thing, as Big Soup is perfect as it is, and we should be happy with it. :)
drinkmoretea

drinkmoretea

April 7, 2018
referencing Big Soup, 2xLP, Album, MW 072 LP
some superb tracks on this no turn unstoned and stern facials being them amongst the others. Right Time Right Place
ztiromecho15

ztiromecho15

November 14, 2017
referencing Big Soup, 2xLP, Album, MW 072 LP
Amazing album on all fronts here, touches an incredible amount of realms in the "breaks" section all in one package. Through hip hop, uk style breaks and drum & bass. Yessssss!!!
beatflip

beatflip

April 29, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Big Soup, 2xLP, Album, MW 072 LP

Side A is the bomb.
Masterpiece.
The Beat Creator.
Fused Into Music......
scoundrel

scoundrel

July 11, 2012
referencing Big Soup, CD, Album, Car, MW072CD

Luke Vibert dropped BIG SOUP under his own name, a new addition to his stable of aliases. This album, with the scratches on "Intro-Welcome" sounds more hip-hop than his previous works, but Vibert is nothing if not eclectic. The instrumentation on the album varies nicely: the organ on "Rank Rink Ring" gives way to piano arpeggios and then finally to ringing bell tones, while the mellow string on "Voyage Into The Unknown" segue into guitar strums and tinkling sounds. "Fused into Music" scoots up the tempo, and even if the first part of "No Turn Unstoned" feels bland, the drum break that comes 2/3rds of the way through rescues it. "Reality Check" goes all spy-like, while the squelches on "M.A.R.S." suggest someone squeezing interstellar acid babies, even as a famous whistling theme finds its way in. But the mellow, mellifluous "Stern Facials" stands out the most here, even making dolphins sound sexy. But that fat bass on "The Music Called Jazz" helps set the cutting mood. A big soup indeed, and a delicious one.
karlrichard

karlrichard

August 28, 2008
referencing Big Soup, CD, Album, Car, MW072CD

What a release!!! As far as I'm concerned (along with some of the Peshay remixes that were coming out about this time on James Lavelle's Oxford based home imprint, MoWax) this album is one of the best releases ever by a legend of electronica, on a label that played host to some of the most far out innovations in electric powered instrumentation back in the late 90s.

Plug, Wagon Christ, Amen Andrews, Spac Hand Luke, The Ace of Clubs and Kerrier District... All are names for this household icon of down tempo, smooth acid (go figure), lush melodic intrigue, fat chuncky beat driven numbers, Mr Luke Vibert! Born in Redruth Cornwall on January 26th in 1973, this British recording artist has since placed his feet firmly (rather than just wiggled his toes around) in pretty much all the various sub-genres of the now well over populated musical pool of electronica.

In 2003, Andrez Bergen wrote an article in Japan's Daily Yomiuri newspaper, which proclaimed that "It was under the alias of Wagon Christ (along with other equally vital monikers like Plug, Vibert & Simmonds, and later more simply in his own name) that Vibert helped to redefine the rules of electronic music in the UK in the early to mid '90s - alongside a bunch of reprehensible mates that included Richard D. James (Aphex Twin), Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Mike Paradinas (µ-Ziq), Chris Jeffs (Cylob), along with the labels Rephlex and Warp. Together they assimilated such diverse elements as hip hop beats and drum & bass into the more eccentric take on electronica they had tweaked, and kick-started a virtual insurrection in sound around the world." While it's quite a bold statement, one which I might not totally agree with, you can glimpse that Luke Vibert has pretty much achieved a level of recognition that goes way beyond the normal realms of space bound electronica stardom.

This album (at least in my humble opinion) demonstrates this fact beautifully, as it pretty much provides a journey into sound, much in the same way that The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld did back in the early 90s. Laden with wacky samples from some very diverse sources, this album flows beautifully from track to track, inspiring the listener to imagine an Orson Wells type future, where music literally becomes the final frontier! Populated by space cadets lifting off in their studio control rooms, plotting and charting courses to the centre of the musical galaxy to boldly go where no man has gone before, it exudes total 50s to 60s Sci-Fi. Starting out with a track entitled Welcome, we are bided "Good Evening citizens of earth, or any other planet in the solar system." Then another voice warmly proclaims "Welcome Space Cadets! Welcome to the moon! You are the first human beings under the age of 21 to ever travel so far. All the people of the solar system congratulate you!!!" I can't help but get the feeling that it is almost as if Vibert himself is congratulating us for walking aboard his newly forged musical spaced out craft. And so, having flown with Vibert Intra-Stellar Space Ways, I'm here to recount what a most relaxing yet fun filled journey one can have with Vibert's way out of this world musical space programming skills. No doubt soon we'll have a Space Cadet training camp for future musicians, and this will become part of the standard "text."

All throughout this journey into spacially sequenced musical timelines, we are presented with a somewhat bizarre but totally coherent mixture of hip hop, trip hop beats, whistled doddles, scratches and drum & bass lines that seem to energetically propel the listener on into subsequently wider and wider orbits around the Star of our origin, without ever lingering on any particular trajectory for longer than is absolutely necessary. This is obviously a mission of exploration, one that heads into unknown funky parts of musical space and time, as Voyage Into The Unknown avows... Well balanced, diverse in melody, rhythmically challenging, this rather forward thinking release almost totally avoids "Uranus", and in so doing, avoids any association with your drainage system. Nor is it tacky, for that matter... Well, maybe a bit tacky. But only in the way Jean-Jacques Perrey is tacky, as with the amount of sticky tape that he uses on his musical tape loop recordings, he obviously exudes tackiness, but in a stylistic loopy kinda way... So one can forgive that Frenchman along with Vibert! Saying that, it's worth noting here that it's really easy to hear the influence that Jean-Jacques Perrey has played on this lone crusader of far out music.

A must for anyone onto Barbarella, trip hop, MoWax, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Plug, Wagon Christ, Amen Andrews, Spac Hand Luke, The Ace of Clubs and Kerrier District or Luke Vibert.

Easily a 5/5! Vibert we salute you...