It's rather hard to pin down US production outfit Strategy, and particularly their odd but alluring take on house music. Take "The Fixer"; while it bubbles, pulses and grooves to almost jackin' analogue percussion, its chiming melodies, carefully-chosen guitar and bass samples and cute synth touches suggest both Norwegian dub-disco (see Prins Thomas etc) and classic Italo-disco. The weirdly glacial "Another Rain", meanwhile, sonically references both early 80s alternative rock and experimental kraut-disco, yet it starts off feeling like a lost Julio Bashmore production. It's house, Jim, but not as we know it - and all the better for it. If you enjoy alt-house, The Fixer is a must.
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