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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.