Twelve years ago Tresor Records released Terrence Dixon’s debut album ‘From The Far Future’ – a personal homage to the art and ancestry of techno, culminating in a discursive and dream-like course through the genre’s many tomes, complete with subtle nods to key protagonists such as Kraftwerk, Derrick May and Juan Atkins. A luminescent and ethereal catalogue of tracks awash with shimmery synths and taught rhythmical programming – that still holds true today, ‘From The Far Future’ made for a stunning first full length that cemented Dixon’s already proven credentials from his Population One work and Utensil Records foundations.
After a string of stylistically rich releases – including another album, ‘Train Of Thought’, this time for Cologne-based label Yore Records – the Detroit native returns to Tresor Records with ‘From The Far Future Pt.2’ – an ambitious, scopey and deeply personal sequel.
“ ‘From The Far Future’ was special in many ways. It’s over 12 years later and seems like yesterday to me, it really does,” says Dixon. “ ‘From The Far Future Pt.2’ is my real life drama playing out before your ears, it has everything on this album that has something to do with where I live. I wanted to make this album as huge as it could be. This is a statement album. A variety of tracks from a minimal point of view.”
Taking the form of a fourteen-track CD and double vinyl LP, with just three overlaying tracks – the bubbly “Fountain of Life”, uplifting “Horizon” and stung out “The Study”, as well as two different versions on the atmospheric builder “Dark City of Hope” – ‘From The Far Future Pt.2’ is a masterful and extensive techno album that alludes to – without relying on – Dixon’s Detroit heritage and affinities. Tracks like the CD’s three dystopic numbers: “Path to Mystery”, “The Auto Factory” and “Lead by Example”, for example, deploy recognisable tropes of techno past, spun into a unique and inherently modern Dixon vernacular. Elsewhere, warm syncopated house (“Self Centered”), wonky jazz (“The Switch”), grainy dub textures (“My Journey Here”) and smoky ambience (“Vision Blurry”) complete this rewardingly heterogeneous CD.
Complementing the headiness of the CD, the eight-track vinyl version of ‘From The Far Future Pt.2’ has been curated squarely with the dance floor in mind, allowing Dixon’s shrewd beat-smithery to come to the fore. From the tough and punchy rhythms of “Light of Day” and “Band Together” to the discordant canters of jangly anthem “Sleight of Mind” and dubby “11th Floor”, there’s something here for any fan of freewheeling and well-versed techno.
Artist Terrence Dixon
Title From the Far Future Pt. 2
Label Tresor Records
Release Date 24 September
Cat. No TRESOR256
Format CD/ LP/ Digital
Dark City Of Hope (Main Mix)
Fountain Of Life
My Journey Here
Path To Mystery
The Auto Factory
Lead By Example
Blinking & Flashing