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Wireless [Luke Slater]

  • 1. In the Pocket
    2. Sum Ton Tin
    3. Hard Silence (Pt. 1)
    4. Sheer Five Five
    5. Let Eat All Vanbrook
    6. Body Freefall, Electronic Inform
    7. You Butterfly
    8. Hard Knock Rock
    9. All Exhale
    10. Bolt Up
    11. I Thought I Knew You
    12. Weave Your Web
    13. Out the Pocket
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3052

  • Credits
    ProducerLuke Slater
    EngineerLuke Slater

    Personnel: Luke Slater (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Luke Slater.
    Recording information: Space Station; Space Station, England.
    Photographer: Nigel Bennett.
    Arranger: Luke Slater.
    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. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (10/99, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...challenging freeform exploration of the breakbeat....WIRELESS remains an inspiring slice of late-'90s electronica."
    Muzik (11/99, p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 - " rocks like an earthquake in a shanty town....this is one brutal yet undeniably funky record..."
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