Mix of the Week – Luke Slater

Iconic techno UK DJ / Producer Luke Slater comes in hard with a mix recently hosted on Germany’s Spandau20 label mix series.

Luke Slater has concentrated on techno since the beginning of the 1990s. 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 monikers, and his single debut came in 1989 with “Momentary Vision”. Releases followed on DJax as Clementine, on General Production Recordings as 7th Plain, and as Morganistic (with Alan Sage), and especially on Peacefrog Records, with nearly a dozen of releases as The X-Tront and as Planetary Assault Systems. 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. 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

Spandau20 is a record label from Berlin founded by FJAAK & friends. The imprint is focusing on artists from the western district Spandau as well as renowned artists from all around the world. The collective delivers jacking warehouse techno and electronic peak time treats, balancing old and new school sounds effortlessly.

The label launches some of Berlin’s young talents from the city’s Techno scene, so watch out :-)! Besides the dancefloor-orientated main series the label is kicking off a limited extra series with wider spectrums of music and formats for vinyl nerds and collectors.

The label is also diversifying into other art mediums with its NFT releases. The prestigious Mixtape series features a well-equipped range of banging newcomers and certified legends as well. Not to be missed: the collective has been doing events for a decade using different names and identities. They host legendary label nights that offer skillfully researched DJ sets and next-level hardware live jams.



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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.