It seems that increasingly in the world of drum & bass, actual drum pattern programming skills have given way to a sort of "my bassline is fatter than yours, so F.U" type mentality. Now, although we all love the big rollers and dance floor heavy hitters, it can get a bit tired when the same drum loop is used essentially without change through the whole track.
Enter PLUG, aka luke vibert. This album is our saviour, turning that paradigm on its head and giving it the finger.
The album is like a refreshing breeze. Most of it is a joy to listen to, invoking memories of earlier 90's jungle goodness while at the same time managing to sound modern and original, even if the album is 5 years old. The emphasis of this album is firmly placed on the beats, which skitter around all over the place, constantly changing and evolving, never getting tired. While the emphasis is on the beats, the other elements of the music have definitly not been neglected, and provide a very rich and entertaining listen.
Comparisons have been made to squarepusher, which I find a bit far fetched, although it is possible to see where these come from. The programming on this cD is excellent, but not quite up to the standard of squarepusher. This is a hard comparison to make however, as the two styles are completely different, save a few hazy similarities. Most of squarepusher's work is a lot more grinding and 'in your face' than this album. Perhaps the squarepusher effort most closely resembling this cD would be Music is Rotted.., but even this is a very loose comparison.
You should give this album a listen.