Wagon ChristPhat Lab. Nightmare

Label:Rising High Records – RSN CD18, Rising High Records – RSN CD 18
CD, Album
Style:Abstract, IDM, Ambient


2Glass World12:48
3Phat Lab. Nightmare13:28
4Aerhaart; From Within6:02
5Aerhaart; Ahead9:24
6Aerhaart; Barrier7:36
8Dances With Francis4:32

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Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 024900 001542
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5024900001542
  • Matrix / Runout: MAYKING RECORDS RSNCD018 10288251 01 %

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  •'s avatar
    Yeah, gonna disagree that this is a weak Luke Vibert curio – it sounds like nothing before or since. Throbbing Pouch is even better, and they're not available on streaming; I'd cop them both before the reissue cycle.
    • scoundrel's avatar
      Edited 10 years ago
      This probably isn't the Wagon Christ you know. Vibert's debut, PHAT LAB. NIGHTMARE is all about the ambience, from the Indian-tinged "Mahadelic" to the dark, floating "Glass World." The title track wanders in its atonal way, like a broken down machine going haywire, while the "Aerharrt" trilogy continues the outer space exploration: "From Within" has thick stabs of bass; "Ahead" starts with an angry monster stomping around until the angels and the kick drum mollify it; and "Barrier" takes those voices and set them shuffling. "Panorak" goes for a whistling to accompany the blurpy percussion, but when the jazz piano makes a brief appearance, it hints at where Wagon Christ would go in his subsequent works. Indeed, the closer "Dances with Francis" suggests suppressed funk spirit and would break out on his next releases. A curious and worthwhile artifact.
      • robcypher's avatar
        Luke Vibert's first major album release. Sounds very sparse and "ambient" compared to his follow-up albums. Okay for its time but not really outstanding like most Vibert releases.
        • Discogs4000's avatar
          In a recent interview with Future Music, Luke told the interviewer that this is the only CD he has EVER made that he had a clear cut idea of what it would sound like before he made it. He states that Rising High wasn't looking for any "Techno records", but rather ambient records. So he knew what he had to do. Sit down and make an ambient record... which is very different than how he usually works. Normally he will construct anywhere from 5 - 20 tracks at once and then when finished he'll group them accordingly... some go to Kerrier District if they sound like Disco while other that are more Hip Hop based go to his Wagon Christ moniker. Simple as that. But with Luke's first album he had a plan in mind and it was all out ambient. And you can tell because this is for better or worse the most concise album he will probably ever make.

          All songs start very slow and gradually gain some speed(they’re also very long). Hi hats and snares are very involved in this ambient outing, with normal synth progressions underneath. An overall very tinny sound with some crunchy percussion. This has lots of subtle changes going on but for the most part very repetitive. It doesn't have a sound that makes you think "Vibert", in fact, anything but him. I wouldn't go out of my way to hear these tracks, but if you’re a collector it's a must have.



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