TOTD // 22/02 // Luke Slater (Planetary Assault Systems)

Published: February 22, 2017, words by Mitch Green

Part of the Babylon Festival takeover


If you are aiming to go about writing up an extensive history of techno, there are many artists that you would be wrong not to include. Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, the list goes on and on. Luke Slater would be one of these artists. Otherwise known as Planetary Assault Systems, The 7th Plain and L.B. Dub Corp alongside a whole host of other guises, Slater has built up a dense back catalogue of releases that have shaped techno into what we know it as today. His trademark sound has featured on the likes of Peacefrog, Mute, Mote-Evolver, Figure and Ostgut Ton, the label that has hosted some of his most hypnotic work to date. Throughout his career that has spanned over more than two decades, Slater has consistently reinvented his craft, developing his sound more and more with each record. He has also managed to remain remarkably consistent throughout the past twenty seven years, a trait that many DJs seem to find difficult to retain. 

On top of Slater’s career as a creator of records, he has earned his right to be considered as good a DJ as he is a producer. After catching him unleash his live set upon a bewildered 3AM crowd in Manchester back last year, it is of no question to me now that Slater has also hit the nail on the head in regard to his live performance, which consisted of all the things we have come to know and love about Slater’s music, all shoved directly into a two hour timeframe, with little room for air. It is admiring that an artist who has been so firmly in the game for so long can be so prominent throughout his entire career, and still be blowing apart rooms to this date.

Luke Slater will soon be releasing his Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Reworks LP on March 10th. The LP features remixes of Luke’s classic Planetary Funk tracks from some of his long time collaborators and friends such as Function, Marcel Fengler, Lucy, Psyk, KSP, Octave One, Steve Bicknell and Slam.

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Rhythm is Rhythm

Is What it is Transmat

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“In my early days around 86-87 I was playing a lot of music on the original house tip labels like DJ International, Tax and Dance Mania for example and I remember getting hold of this record, I worked in a record shop at the time, for me it was the perfect link between house music and something deeper and emotional. You got Derrick’s rhythm going on, but you got the simple chord structure and the strings that for me stamped the word surreal on house music, to me, wether Derrick likes it or not, this record symbolizes how dance music can be deeper and more heady, delicate and beautiful. Still get shivers now after god knows how many years. Just beautiful.”
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Masters at Work

Blood Vibes

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Being someone who was obsessed with Electro Hip Hop in my teens, man Parrish, Tyrone Brunson, Alleem Brothers, Bambatta, Knights of the Turntable, B-Boys, list goes on and on there were many records that kind of kept the street Hip Hop vibe when house came along, All i can really say is the bass, the bass, coupled with that raw break and the Junior Reid sample, moves me every time. Its a fave go to when Im back home and I feel part of my roots in dance music.”
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Holy Ghost

Mad Monks on Zinc

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“In my early years I had been into Harld Budd, Brian Eno, and Klause Shultz. When this came out I was actually in the studio with Alan Sage totally stoned, it was unproductive, I’ve never thought being stoned and the studio mix well. This is such an enigmatic record, a real one off, nothing like it at the time and still now,the ingredients breaks, bass, piano, chords, chanting, just send you somewhere special. A place Id like to stay and have tried to uphold (always find the version with David Bowies Warsaw in it).”
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William Basinski

Disintegration Loops 6

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“One funny comment I read on youtube when writing these words, under one of Mr. Basinskis tracks was something like “really good but the sound fucks up near the end”. Now, obviously to the more informed, that is the point of the Disintegration Loops, a piece of tape disintegrating over time, hence the sound changing. Its a brilliant idea, one I love and for me is a work of art complete. My favourite of his tracks, the one here, which I joyfully played last In the Ambient Room and Berghain last Summer, just sends me right away, away, away.”

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