Stryke

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For his first album of completely original material, Stryke (aka Greg Chin) continues to dabble in the low-energy Detroit techno arena that characterized 2001's Staying In mix record. Known primarily for his work as a three turntable spinning DJ, it's difficult to see how the bloodless beats and synthesizer washes included here could enliven any dancefloor. Employing the hackneyed turntablist technique of the slow build, by the time Stryke arrives at the meat of his set (during the mid-tempo piece "When You Touch Me," which includes an annoyingly recurring synth hiccup), the listener realizes that there's little atop the plateau it's taken Stryke nearly 40 minutes to climb to. Not even the John Beltran remix of "Lost" can salvage the tune or the collection. Lyrically, tracks like "Heaven" are so uninspired that they do nothing but complete the impression that this release is pedestrian enough to be easily lost in the ever-expanding sea of electronic releases.

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