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Strategies for a Deeper Design

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In a reminder that acid house contains the word house, Bryan Zentz mastered his own brand of weightless, funky-drummer music for the raving masses. Zentz' future music slyly walks the line between house's ass-wigglin' beats and techno's otherworldly noises. Tracks like the opening "Stratagem" and "Biofeedback" were perfectly designed to give the dancers that last ounce of momentum when the sun is first starting to show through the frosted warehouse windows. It is as simple and repetitive as all the critics say, which is what makes it so effective on the body. Unfortunately, as is the case with many albums from this era of dance music, Strategies for a Deeper Design just can't hold the listener's attention for its entire length. Zentz tries to mix it up by adding a robotic night-drive flavor to "Detach/Observe" and discovers a blunted trip-hop tempo on "Blue Transmission" well before it was stylish. But neither track stands up very well, leaving you preferring more of the 4/4 hi-hat that was already wearing thin.

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