Luke Slater
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Freek Funk , 7/10
Wireless , 6/10
Alright On Top , 4/10
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Luke Slater is a London dj who became a celebrity in the techno underground.

His early recordings were collected on X-Tront (Peacefrog, 1993) and 92-94 (Peacefrog, 1997). During the heydays of techno, Slater was mainly active as Morganistic, 7th Plane, and Planetary Assault Systems. The 7th Plain released The Four Cornered Room (General Production, 1994) and My Yellow Wise Rug (General Production, 1994). Morganistic released Fluids Amniotic (Input Neuron Musique, 1995). Planetary Assault Systems had the most prolific career: Archives (Peacefrog, 1995), Electric Funk Machine (Peacefrog, 1997), The Drone Sector (Peacefrog, 1998), Atomic Funkster (Peacefrog, 2001).

Under his own name, Slater released a modest milestone of latter-day techno, Freek Funk (NovaMute, 1997), an eclectic potpourri of hip hop (Walking The Line), propulsive funk (Engine One) and ambient textures.

Compared with that feast of postmodern hybrids, Wireless (NovaMute, 1999) is disappointing, but nonetheless it contains overdoses of adrenaline.

The two volumes of All Exhale (Mute, 2000) are quintessential Slater art, especially the spectacular Futureshock.

Alright On Top (Mute, 2002) is a tired work from a tired artist who is beginning to follow the trends rather than set them. This is an album of old-fashioned techno that is rarely amusing (Nothing At All) and almost never innovative. Ricky Barrow on vocals.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Giuseppe Schiavoni)

Luke Slater è un dj londinese, divenuto una celebrità nell’ambito della techno underground.

Le sue prime registrazioni sono raccolte in X-Tront (Peacefrog, 1993) e 92-94 (Peacefrog, 1997). Nel periodo dell’esplosione della techno, Slater ha svolto la sua attività soprattutto come Morganistic, 7th Plane, e Planetary Assault Systems. Come 7th Plain ha realizzato The Four Cornered Room (General Production, 1994) e My Yellow Wise Rug (General Production, 1994), mentre come Morganistic ha inciso Fluids Amniotic (Input Neuron Musique, 1995). La carriera più prolifica è quella con il nome Planetary Assault Systems: Archives (Peacefrog, 1995), Electric Funk Machine (Peacefrog, 1997), The Drone Sector (Peacefrog, 1998), Atomic Funkster (Peacefrog, 2001).

Con il suo vero nome, Slater ha dato alla luce una piccola pietra miliare dell’odierna techno, Freek Funk (NovaMute, 1997), un eclettico potpourri di hip hop (Walking The Line), funk propulsivo (Engine One) e tessiture ambient.

Paragonato all’orgia di ibridi postmoderni, Wireless (NovaMute, 1999) può essere deludente, tuttavia contiene abbondanti dosi di adrenalina.

I due volumi di All Exhale (Mute, 2000) costituiscono la quintessenza dell’arte di Slater, soprattutto la spettacolare Futureshock.

Alright On Top (Mute, 2002) è uno stanco lavoro di un altrettanto stanco artista che inizia a seguire le mode piuttosto che dettarle. E’ un album di techno vecchio stile, con Ricky Barrow alla voce, che raramente risulta piacevole (Nothing At All) e quasi mai innovativo.

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