Luke Slater

As one of the UK’s most resilient DJs and producers from the 1980s onwards, Luke Slater has been one of the key individuals shaping the scene’s character. Slater’s persistent club appearances beginning with the ‘Troll’ parties at London’s infamous Heaven nightclub, along with accolades from respected electronic music digests (e.g. FACT magazine, Resident Advisor) and his participation in other taste-making projects (e.g. the Fabric mix CD series) all point to a level of activity that is engaging as it as diverse. His diversity of output, combined with a consistency of quality, has placed him not just at the epicenter of club techno, but the development of IDM. A full overview of his recorded output reveals him to be active in a remarkably wide spectrum: for those desiring oneiric ambience, there is the work of Slater under the 7th Plain moniker. For those more inclined to deep bass, there is the work of L.B. Dub Corp. And for those looking for intricacy in the hardest of rhythms, there is of course his Planetary Assault Systems. With a number of these projects simultaneously active and regularly issuing new sound, Slater shows no signs of kicking back and letting his past accomplishments speak for him. In fact, exactly as the Forced Exposure staff claims, he is: “depict[ing] the futurist aesthetic and musical agenda of the ’90s in a contemporary context, without nostalgia but confidence of its timelessness”. As such, the future may yield his best work yet.

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