Compared to most dance music, very little happens in each of Dissertation's three cuts. The two standouts are "Exceeding Brightness" and "Architectural Lie." The former is all bleepy keys, hats and a subdued snare, but somehow these elements combine to create true hypnotism. Throughout its six minutes, the beat only gives way for two short moments, making it a smooth ride from start to finish. "Architectural Lie" is a touch more energetic, with bigger sounds but a similar palette. Stabs swirl around each other while percussion ticks along underneath, again creating a disorienting but strangely pleasant mood. "Scape Sequences," another premium cut, caps the vinyl off, and, though comprising similar parts, is less colourful.
I believe Dissertation is a timeless record, but not in an obvious sense. It probably won't appear in any end-of-year lists, and there certainly won't be many people humming "Architectural Lie" in a decade's time. But as long as techno is being played in nightclubs, there'll be a place for Dissertation.