Terrence Dixon

From the Far Future

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This debut album by Juan Atkins-affiliate Terrence Dixon is a striking example of what can happen when Detroit techno artists look beyond the confines of their own sub-genre and into the broader world of techno music. The basis of From the Far Future can be found in the sublime compression that tugs down every element of sound. Beats are clicky and limited, melodies are obscured by hiss, and the bass barely registers as a tone, rather just a deep movement below the foggy cover. Such techniques are par of German producers such as Burger/Ink and Gas, but in the hands of a Detroit-trained rhythm-maker, they become extraordinary. "Running Time" finds its funk with a syncopated handclap, while "Untitled" uses a barebones break with a serious jacking effect despite the flat sonic qualities of the timbre. Even more creative is the skipping-CD-as-rhythm-propellant on "What Up" or the quick shift up-down of "Detroit Express." Only "Reasons" and "Hard Times" break through the surface, with crystal-clear hi-hats and cymbals that are jarring to the point where they splinter the mood with almost infuriating effect, but with the exception of those two blunders, From the Far Future is some excitingly fresh and funky techno that will have your toes wiggling to get out of their shoes.

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