Portland producer Strategy continues with his strategy of making house music free of any decedent high-fidelity trappings. The four tracks of Tuff Life just get straight to the gritty heart of the business, locking down the drum machine thud and acidic synth-bass and making movements happen. Lo-fi all the way! 12” vinyl release on Endless Flight.
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Strategy's career and mine have run a kind of parallel over the years. Whilst he has moved from early dubby records on Kranky through to clubbier material on the likes of Peak Oil and 100% Silk, I've sat here on my arse the whole time reviewing them. This latest has been branded his clubbiest yet but still retains the highly taut atmosphere's he is so adept at. Opener 'Tuff Life' plummets along with some seriously distorted sub bass and incisive 4/4 kick, more atmospheric is 'Dance Du Gibbon' with some lovely '90s synth washes that have something of the 'Pacific State' about them . Really great track this.
Overleaf there's clanking propulsive house with a rising synth motif to provide some warmth on 'Those Who Came Before' and closer 'Juice Riff' is propelled by a ticking drum machine and some lovely rising and falling synth giving it a very 90s UK Garage feel.
Great four tracker this. A varied and enjoyable love letter to vintage club music.
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