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Wireless
     

Wireless

by Luke Slater
 
With the '80s electro revival in full swing, vaunted UK technoid Luke Slater deserves to move out of relative obscurity and into the funk-soul spotlight. With a genius for infusing the stark, pulsating computer-poppin' sound of Detroit techno with the playful street beats of

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With the '80s electro revival in full swing, vaunted UK technoid Luke Slater deserves to move out of relative obscurity and into the funk-soul spotlight. With a genius for infusing the stark, pulsating computer-poppin' sound of Detroit techno with the playful street beats of Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock," Slate also sweetens the mix with a spacey ambience. He can rock the block party 'til broad daylight and stick around to soothe you when the hangover hits the next morning. Luke's wowing new WIRELESS opens with "In the Pocket," an 808 homage that fades into the white-hot electro cut "Sum Ton Tin," which, in turn, fades into "Sheer Five Five," a hip hop instrumental Mike D could drop rhymes over. But just as we're settling into familiar territory, he drops the blistering "Let All Ear Vanbrook" and "Body Freefall, Electronic Inform," hectically hot dronescape where Baambaataa's vocoder-vocals drown in boiling whirlpools of noise and breaks. And so it goes, throughout. If the dreamy, DJ Shadow-esque dub-hop of "You Butterfly" reminds you of a warm safe place where as a child you'd hide, the thunder and rain are just a butt-bustin' workout away. Beathead schizophrenia rarely sounds so powerful.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The follow-up to a very well received major-label debut, Wireless sees Slater expanding his range as a producer into backbeat-driven styles like old-school rap and electro, a far cry from the pummeling techno of his youth but no less intriguing despite the fact. From a lesser techno producer, Wireless would smack of a breakbeat sellout, an album that simply trades in Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim's brand of old-school techno. But just as Moby wisely stuck to his melodic strengths while crafting a breakbeat-inspired album (the same year's Play), Slater never deserts his own strongpoint -- intense, pummeling drum programming. There is a big difference, here; Slater's not just reaching for copies of old blues records and drum breaks. The tracks here are upfront, sinister, electro-inspired throwbacks, songs like "Sum Ton Tin," "Hard Knock Rock," and "Body Freefall, Electronic Inform" that throw dozens of electro effects into the pot with a subtle flair, from deep vocoder vocals to acid squelches to waves of synth menace. Wireless is a listen that's immediately rewarding and compelling.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1999
Label:
Mute U.S.
UPC:
0724596305225
catalogNumber:
3052

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Performance Credits

Luke Slater   Primary Artist,Drums

Technical Credits

Luke Slater   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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