References: Mote-Evolver Rec, Ostgut Ton Rec, UK
Luke Slater is a rare phenomenon in electronic music: he is someone who has helped define and redefine the techno genre throughout a number of decades. Starting out in the ‘90s, twenty years later it is no exaggeration to say he is as relevant and exciting as ever before. His gig schedule and discography stand as proud testament to that. Meanwhile, the music he releases under a number of respected guises is just as critically acclaimed, mainly releasing his music these days on the Berlin label Ostgut Ton and his own Mote-Evolver. It all started in the nineties with four landmark albums as Planetary Assault Systems on Peacefrog and NovaMute. After a period away from the spotlight, 2009 saw Slater return right to the vanguard with the ‘Temporary Suspension’ album on Ostgut Ton, the most influential label of the day. The record heralded a return - for Slater and the wider scene - to some of the traditional, purist values of early techno. Consider it with follow-up ‘’The Messenger’ on the same label and you have two of the finest electronic albums of recent years: they combine moments of serenity with frictionless grooves and more brutalist workouts that always supersede the usual ‘techno tool’ blueprint. As well as continuing to influence modern techno with the music he chooses to release on Mote-Evolver, Slater has also recorded standout ambient albums, tracks and EPs as 7th Plain. They elegantly combined ballet with techno on labels like Ostgut Ton and prove the man’s musical momentum is, if anything, picking up pace. Especially when you add into the mix his Ostgut Ton affiliated L.B. Dub Corp project, with which he has explored classic techno, introspective moods and the sounds of his roots.