Many music industry pros have dubbed Luke Slater a “mastermind” of techno, and the UK producer has definitely proven this notion. An architect of the underground since his start in the 90s, Slater’s helped pave the way for darker sounds to rise to prominence—thanks to impeccable DJ sets performed across Europe and numerous releases under aliases that include his collaborative project LSD with Steve Bicknell and Function, and of course, the groundbreaking Planetary Assault Systems. Under his own name, Slater DJs with precision and class, opting for refined, yet forceful records that build onto each other like bricks in the Roman age. His proven dexterity behind the booth has made him a favorite at iconic venues like Berghain, Rex in Paris, and Georgia’s KHIDI.
It’s been quite some time since he was last in the states, however. By this we mean nearly two decades. So, when this legend announced his long-awaited return to both coasts, it was a cause for joy. That’s why we chose this brilliant set he just released from ADE, conveniently on Christmas 2018, to wake up to this morning. Sleeping after being grilled by the searing synthesizers and fiery kicks is simply impossible, especially when mixed with perfection.
LA is one of the most anticipated stops on the tour, where he’ll be playing an extended set in a discreet warehouse. Tickets are still available here.
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