Boomkat Product Review:
Luke Slater’s romantic ‘90s ambient project, The 7th Plain, is subject of a prime remaster and reissue/compilation job to kick off Ostgut Ton’s A-Ton label in style, including a number of exclusive, previously unheard tracks.
For almost any electronica fan who cam thru in the ‘90s, Slater’s two 1994 releases, My Yellow Wise Rug and The 4 Cornered Room were pretty much staples of the after-hours diet (along with ounces of hash, strong booze and patchouli), so it would’t be right to do a retrospective without at least a few of their nostalgic classics.
They’re well represented in the Tangerine Dream-styled epic, Boundaries and likewise with the diaphanous lushness of Grace and Surface Bound, which should all bring the dopamine flooding back to older heads. But even the most obsessive Slater fan will be fresh to the rest of the set, which draws on previously unreleased, archival material, including strong highlights in the stellar Ken Ishii remix of Extra and the Global Communication-esque flights The Super 8 and Chords are Dirty, with a fidgety Detroit techno ace to boot in T Funk States.