Theres little any fan of electronic music can do or say to challenge the fever that surrounds revered techno pioneer Luke Slater. Almost like an enfant terrible to the scene, hes constantly producing and performing music that remains beyond all things relevant and above all things refreshing.
And thats no mean feat to still be breathing life into soundsystems the globe over, having had his foot in the musical waters for almost 27 years now. So like the advice of a trusted friend, Lukes sultry party mix FABRIC 32 guides you knowingly through some of the most hot-tipped tracks from the likes of Carl Craig, Audion, Switch, Spank Rock and The Juan Maclean. Sage sounds indeed. Weighted more so knowing that Luke recorded the mix in Fabric Room 2 one chilly November afternoon a first for the Fabric series. But Luke wanted more than anything to directly relate his history of performances at the venue to the mix. He really wanted to capture the vibe that he feels only that space can herald.
„This mix is a true representation of what I play there [at Fabric]. I wanted to do the main part down at the club to get that vibe right from the club. Its kind of a funky punk disco electronic mix and specifically related to Fabric. Im excited. Fabric really is quite special, they put in a lot of effort and I have many, many emotions attached to Room 2. Before Fabric, I dont think there was really a big club in London that had done it right. The sounds so good in there. Its a really good place to be and its really popular with the right crowd. You put all those together and you cant really beat it.“
Lukes been a favourite of Fabrics for a long time. His platform as one of the creators of UK/Detroits techno marriage, blending the intensity of technos hardest funk and minimal flavours with the sweet swagger and chunky bristle of a fat street party, established much of the music Fabric programs week-in, week-out. While always returning under his own moniker, his releases under the aliases Slots For Bill, 7th Plain, The, Clementine, Deputy Dawg, L.B. Dub Corp, Lloyd Owes Me A Packet, Morganistic, Offset, Planetary Assault Systems, Translucent, Heamaglobien, Machine, Re-Animator, and Spinach continue to arrest the zeitgeists understanding of his form. Even more so now with the mottos operandi of his beloved independent label, Mote-Evolver, allowing fans access to his sound – techno that’s driving, majestic, tough and, above all, unpredictable – with an immediacy that only our instant-gratification digital generation can appreciate: fans can download his studio creations the very second they’re finished.
„I wanted to set it up this year because the whole revolution, downloads etc, I felt that this year it had kind of come to some sort of level where it was working. Internet connections were fast enough and people had sussed out where to get stuff and stuff like that. I just really wanted the label to be part of that rather than looking at it from the old way which is a very long winded process and I didnt see the need for it. The great thing is that when I have something that I want to put out now, apart from the pressing vinyl which does take a bit of time, essentially, I can get it released really really quickly. There are still some bits that need to be done in the middle. People have to know about what youre doing but its a really freeing experience for an artist to be able to write something and get it out to people so quick, no just 11 months down the line. I get bored really easily so this works for me. The labels just an extension of everything else Im doing. Its really an outlet for what Im doing.“
Tracklisting 01 – L.B.Dub Corp – Rhythm Division – Mote-Evolver 02 – Colin Zyskowski – For The Asking – ADDON 03 – Sleeparchive – Transposition Reverse – Sleeparchive 04 – Guy J and Sahar Z – Hazui (Gui Boratto Remix) – Electribe 05 – Markus Lange – Ruhestörung Plattenbau – Craft Music 06 – Tres Demented Brain Freeze Planet E 07 – Putsch 79 Doin It – Clone 08 – Switch – A Bit Patchy (Club Mix) – Data 09 – Luke Slater – Organ Bender (Alone At The Altar of Twisted Souls Mix) – Mote-Evolver 10 – Tres Demented- Shez Satan Inst. – Planet E 11 – Shakes – Sister Self Doubt – Hot Hot Hot 12 – Spank Rock – Bump (Switch Remix) Ninja Tune 13 – Luke Slater – She Showed Me Heaven – Mote-Evolver 14 – Raudive Here (Lens Podium Remix) – Podium 15 – Audion – Mouth To Mouth Ghostly International 16 – The Juan Maclean – Love Is In The Air (Mock & Toof Remix) – DFA 17 – Perspects Strap Interdimensional Transmissions 18 – Activator – Doctor Gato (Plus 4 Reasons) International Deejay Gigolo 19 – Jürgen Driessden – The Message – Mutekki 20 – Martin Buttrich – Full Clip – Planet E 21 – Basic Channel – Phylyps Trak II/II Basic Channel 22 – Planetary Assault Systems – GT – Mote-Evolver