Luke Slater

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Luke Slater
Birth nameLuke Slater
Also known as4 Slots For Bill
7th Plain
The, Clementine
Deputy Dawg
Earnest Honest
Krispy Krouton
L.B. Dub Corp
Lloyd Owes Me A Packet
Planetary Assault Systems
Born (1968-06-12) 12 June 1968 (age 52)
OriginReading, England
Electronic music
Occupation(s)Electronic musician
Record producer
Techno Musician
Years active1989–present
LabelsGeneral Production Recordings
Peacefrog Records
Mute Records
Ostgut Ton
Associated actsHeamaglobien
Alan Sage

Luke Slater (born 12 June 1968, Reading, Berkshire, England) is an English electronic musician, DJ and record producer, who has concentrated on techno since the beginning of the 1990s. He achieved break through commercial success with his tracks "Love" (1997) and "All Exhale" (1999).

As well as releasing many tracks and albums under his own name, Slater has recorded and performed under a number of aliases, the best known being Planetary Assault Systems, L.B. Dub Corp and LSD.

Early life[edit]

Born in Reading and raised in Horley, Slater's early sound dalliances with his father's reel to reel tape recorder and his drumming stints led to work in local record shops, including Jelly Jam in Brighton. By 1988, Slater was immersed in the embryonic acid house scene, DJing in London's Heaven nightclub.


Slater began releasing original tracks under various aliases, following his single debut in 1989 with "Momentary Vision".[1] Releases followed on Djax as Clementine, on General Production Recordings as 7th Plain, and as Morganistic (with Alan Sage),[1] and especially on Peacefrog Records,[2] with nearly a dozen of releases as The X-Tront and as Planetary Assault Systems.[1]

After releasing four albums on Peacefrog, he issued 1997's Freek Funk and Wireless two years later. His tracks "All Exhale" (2000) and "Nothing At All" (2002) reached #74 and #70 respectively in the UK Singles Chart.[3] His first volume of the mix series Fear and Loathing appeared in 2001, on the React label. Alright on Top (2002) was an "album of songs" with vocals from Ricky Barrows and others featured on every track. The second volume of Fear and Loathing appeared in late 2004.[4]

Slater has released a mix for the Fabric DJ-mix series, and has reinvented innumerable tracks in remixes from artists such as Depeche Mode and Ken Ishii to more recent remixes for Radial and Soul Designer. In 2006, Slater set up his own label, Mote-Evolver, releasing limited 12" records and digital downloads through the Mote-Evolver and N.E.W.S. websites.

In 2014 he launched a podcast entitled "The Spaceship".[5]


Selected discography[edit]

(As Luke Slater)

  • X-Tront Vol. 2 (1993)
  • Freek Funk (1997)
  • Wireless (1999)
  • Alright On Top (2002)

(As The 7th Plain)

  • My Yellow Wise Rug (1994)
  • The 4 Cornered Room (1994)

(As Planetary Assault Systems)

  • The Drone Sector (1997)
  • The Electric Funk Machine (1997)
  • Atomic Funkster (2001)
  • Temporary Suspension (2009)
  • The Messenger (2011)
  • Arc Angel (2016)
  • ”Straight Shooting” (2019)

(With LSD)


  1. ^ a b c Hoffman, Dave. "Luke Slater: Fabric 32". Popmatters, 19 February 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2019
  2. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Artist Biography by Sean Cooper". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 507. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Glazer, Joshua. "ear And Loathing, Vol. 2: Mixed By Luke Slater". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 June 2019
  5. ^ Luke Slater (27 January 2014). "Luke Slater 'The Spacestation' Radio Show Episode 1 (27th Jan 2014)" (Audio upload). Luke Slater/`P.A.S. on SoundCloud. SoundCloud. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ Williams, Harrison. "Function, Luke Slater and Steve Bicknell debut LSD project on Ostgut". Mixmag, 11 October 2017. Norman Records
  7. ^ Holbrook, Cameron. "Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell and Function launch new LSD imprint". Mixmag, 28 May 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019

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