Outside of the great celebrated triumvirate of Atkins, Saunderson and May, Detroit has dozens of journeymen waiting to be discovered. The trio called Strand is no exception. Eschewing the formulaic approach, their first full-length album is full of intricacies and quirks, but remains a very smooth production. "Vamp" is an excellent example, swinging a nerdy, harpsichord-like sound and '80s bass around in modern staccato construct. It's evidence that the new wave influence is still working itself out in fascinating ways. Messages is a microcosm of everything that's right with Detroit techno.