RELEASE
October 05, 1999
LABEL
Mute
GENRES
Electronica, Club/Dance, Techno, IDM

Album Review

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, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. In the Pockethttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  2. Sum Ton Tinhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  3. Hard Silence (Pt. 1)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  4. Sheer Five Fivehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  5. Let Eat All Vanbrookhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  6. Body Freefall, Electronic Informhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  7. You Butterflyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  8. Hard Knock Rockhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  9. All Exhalehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  10. Bolt Uphttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  11. I Thought I Knew Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  12. Weave Your Webhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
  13. Out the Pockethttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wireless/id769013718?uo=5
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