For over 15 years, Luke Slater has been at the forefront of UK techno. His early releases on General Production Recordings in the ‘90’s under his 7th plain moniker, including My Yellow Wise Rug and The 4 Cornered Room, remain to be some of his finest work to date.
These early albums from Slater captured the mood of the period flawlessly, a period where ambient electronica and IDM was circulating abundantly in the UK. It was during this time that Slater began to develop the sound of Planetary Assault Systems, eventually going on to produce the much harder-hitting techno records that he has become known for.
As the ‘2000’s came around, the 7th plain was left firmly in the past, as Slater concentrated on producing under his own name, as well as various other monikers including Planetary Assault Systems, L.B. Dub Corp and Earnest Honest, just to name a few…
Flash forward to 2016 and Berlin techno label, Ostgut Ton, have announced the launch of a new sub-label, A-TON. The focus of which will be on releasing “ambient, archive and alternative music.”.
This Summer will see Luke Slater return as the 7th Plain, armed with an 8-track album titled, chronicles I, due for release on A-TON. The album will consist of five new, unheard tracks from the Slater archives and will also feature two tracks from My Yellow Wise Rug and The 4 Cornered Room. Slater has also thrown in a Ken Ishii remix from the early ‘90s, just to sweeten the deal.
Chronicles I will be available on August 5 and will be followed by a Planetary Assault Systems album on Ostgut Ton, due for release on September 30.
A-TON will release other records this year, although no further details have been shared.
In the mean time you can preview snippets of Chronicles I on Soundcloud below.