Old dub-ambient-space-face Strategy is a long running artist for this particular establisment. Once found propping up the Kranky roster, we now find him fiddling with the much-lauded sound of UK hardcore from back in the day. No longer making music merely for home perusal it seems, this sounds like a Strategic dancefloor-munching platter to me.....
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Strategy has long been one of my favourite producers. His early dub-techno influenced release ‘Drumsolo’s Delight’ on Kranky remains one of my favourite records many years after its release. Over the years he’s moved more into a house vein yet still with those dark atmospheres at large. Hell, he’s even put stuff out on 100% Silk.
This may be the release though where me and Strategy have to part ways, not that its a terrible record but because he’s really dived into the house thing this time. The opener (there are no track titles on the vinyl) is a slice of ravey 90’s house with full on synth stabbery and skittering beats but by the time the third tune arrives we are almost into charty cheesy house territory The darkness has gone completely replaced by junglist beats and the 'yeah woo' of that forever-used James Brown sample. The jungle beats continue into the final couple of tracks which are full-on 90’s drum and bass assaults. But for me the lack of the melancholic tones of this resolutely upbeat retro-inspired record takes away much of the enjoyment Strategy gave me miserable old bastard that I am.
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