Strategy // Future Rock


Price: $12.00

“Future Rock”
12″ single

Note: This record is not 33rpm as marked. It is actually 45 rpm!

A1. Future Rock
B1. Can’t Roll Back (Extended Club Mix) HEAR IT!

Release Date: August, 2007

Original Press Release:
Following hot on the heels of his breakthrough Future Rock CD album for kranky, Community Library is proud to bring you a proper vinyl single containing two of its key tunes.

Future Rock dropped on May 21 st to worldwide acclaim; as Strategy’s breakthrough album, it is practically a thesis statement for his genre-short-circuiting musical vision. The album is a pastiche of hundreds of musicological reference points tied together in massive swells of bass, spring reverb, vocoded haze, and echoes; the album seems to play on every field, being a functional ambient experimental pop record on low volume, and bass heavy dance-dub when cranked up to full volume.

Following on the latter idea, we took two of the CD’s most propulsive cuts and sent them over to Berlin ‘s D&M to be rendered as a proper clubmusicplatter. The album’s title track “Future Rock” takes the A side, welding techno, afrobeat, and outer space jazz elements to a rocking core of breaks, live drumming, and a superlow bassline. Backed by a curtain of sound that is virtually a tribute to Vladislav Delay’s or Basic Channel’s most classic, blue moments, this song is the missing link between live drum syncopation and dub-techno spectra.

“Can’t Roll Back,” is a little more openly referential, throwing a huge number of styles into a 4/4 stomper. Following a spectral vocal intro, percussion, loads of keyboards, and guitar build into a massive track that is part electric-era Miles Davis and part early A Certain Ratio. Reconfigured for dance DJs, this version features a proper bass drum and an extended, dubbed-out outro, including Strategy’s first ever searing psych-rock guitar solo.

For fans, this represents an exploded view of two of the album’s highlights; for DJs who have been in tune with anything that’s crossing the line between live and programmed (Gomma, Nonplace, Kitsune) this single is a totally new angle- casting away stiff standards of punk-funk-disco backbeats in favor of brave new recombinations with dub techno, live syncopation, and arcing riffage.

“… Future Rock finds him at the height of his transformative powers…”
Philip Sherburne, Wire

“…Future Rock is a complex and highly determined piece of dance art…

“Future Rock is the rare record that needs no explanation and sounds exquisite from the start.” – –

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