The 7th PlainChronicles
Formats: 6xLP Boxset | 2xLP | CD | DigitalCat no: A-TON LP08 | CD01/LP01 | CD06/LP06 | CD07/LP07Release date: December 14, 2018GET
In the afterglow of rave’s white heat, the mid-90s were a period of going as far out in all directions as possible – and Luke Slater’s The 7th Plain tracks were certainly about exploration of the deep space of the imagination. Cosmic, analogue, orchestrated, they still represent some of the most emotionally intense music ever to come out of the techno realm. Whether built on percussive frameworks or sweeping nebulas of dissipated sound, Slater’s synthesizers still sing space-travelers’ tales compellingly and beautifully.
For this reason, Ostgut Ton sublabel A-TON launched back in 2016 with The 7th Plain’s Chronicles I, establishing itself as a platform for archive, ambient and art-related releases. This first eight-track compilation was split between classics from the albums My Yellow Wise Rug and The 4 Cornered Room on the one hand and previously unreleased tracks on the other, with the goal of providing a different, remastered framework for Slater’s futuristic visions from the past.
Now, with the release of Chronicles II and Chronicles III, as well as a special edition vinyl boxset, the journey continues further into outer and inner space. Like its predecessor, Chronicles II is divided between previously released material from the aforementioned albums, as well as four unreleased future classics: “Silver Shinhook”, “Wand Star”, “I Think I Think Too Much” and “JDC”.
In contrast, Chronicles III is made up solely of music from the General Production Recordings label catalogue and stylistically skews less toward percussive techno-funk and more toward free-form broken rhythms – though tracks such as “Lost”, “Time Melts” or “Millentum” stand strong as hybrid pillars of both.
Ultimately, when listening to all three parts of Chronicles, it’s apparent that 7th Plain music is cut from the same emotional cloth, one related strongly to the backroom, the chillout, the after-party, the solo headphone voyage. These weren’t and never should be considered separate zones from the dancefloor.
In other words, as Luke Slater puts it, in the mid-90s, they were “part of the night, part of the experience... where ideas could be shared.” And like Global Communication, Mira Calix, The Future Sound of London, the Artificial Intelligence generation, Slater's 7th Plain was a response to those hallucinatory, spiritual, but still social spaces at the heart of underground communities – and the magic is still strong in it.
Aside from the special vinyl boxset (6x12“ LP), which includes Chronicles I – III, limited edition stickers, an essay by Joe Muggs and a complete download code, all releases are available individually on CD, 2xLP and for the first time in digital formats.
The 7th PlainChronicles I
Formats: 2xLP | CD | DigitalCat no: A-TON CD01/LP01Release date: August 5, 2016GET
Tracklisting 2xLP (incl. Download):A1. BoundariesA2. Extra (The 7th Plain Remix)B1. GraceB2. Surface BoundC1. The Super 8C2. T Funk StatesD1. Slip 7 SidewaysD2. Chords Are Dirty
Tracklisting CD (incl. Download) / Digital:01. Boundaries02. Extra (The 7th Plain Remix)03. Grace04. Surface Bound05. The Super 806. T Funk States07. Slip 7 Sideways08. Chords Are Dirty
The 7th PlainChronicles II
Formats: 2xLP | CD | DigitalCat no: A-TON CD06/LP06Release date: December 14, 2018GET
Tracklisting 2xLP (incl. Download):A1. Silver ShinhookA2. Astra Naut-EB1. Wand StarB2. ConvexC1. I Think I Think Too MuchC2. JDCD1. To Be SurrealD2. Big Field
Tracklisting CD (incl. Download) / Digital:01. Silver Shinhook02. Astra Naut-E03. Wand Star04. Convex05. I Think I Think Too Much06. JDC07. To Be Surreal08. Big Field
The 7th PlainChronicles III
Formats: 2xLP | CD | DigitalCat no: A-TON CD07/LP07Release date: December 14, 2018GET
Tracklisting 2xLP (incl. Download):A1. Time MeltsA2. Reality Of SpaceB1. Excalibur's RadarB2. MillentumC1. LostC2. Think CityD1. Shades AmazeD2. Seeing Sense
Tracklisting CD (incl. Download) / Digital:01. Time Melts02. Reality Of Space03. Excalibur's Radar04. Millentum05. Lost06. Think City07. Shades Amaze08. Seeing Sense
All tracks produced by Luke Slater @spacestationzero UK, except “Slip 7 Sideways” written and produced by Luke Slater and Alan Sage. “Extra” original written and produced by Ken Ishii, ℗&© R & S Records, published by R & S Records, used by kind permission, remix and additional production by Luke Slater.
Mastering Chronicles I by Tim Xavier at Manmade Mastering, Berlin 2016, all tracks mastered from the original 1/4 inch and DAT tapes.
Mastering Chronicles II & Chronicles III by Kassian Troyer at Schnittstelle Mastering, Berlin 2018, all tracks mastered from the original 1/4 inch and DAT tapes except “To Be Surreal”.
Artwork: Viron Erol Vert | Layout: Yusuf Etiman
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