America (Terrence Dixon MInimal Detroit Mix) - Mixed - efdemin,
America - Terrence Dixon Minimal Detroit Mix - efdemin,
Terrence Dixon has been a reliable practitioner and adherent of Detroit techno since 1994. Low in profile but held in high regard proven by strong connections with local figures such as Claude Young and Jeff Mills, as well as European institutions like Thomas Fehlmann and the Tresor label, he has quietly amassed a rich and progressive discography mixing lean, locomotive dancefloor tracks with evocative ambient pieces.
In addition to dozens of 12" singles, Dixon has crafted numerous full-length projects including Train of Thought (2007), Population One's Theater of a Confused Mind (2014), the Fehlmann collaboration We Take It from Here (2018), and the From the Far Future trilogy (2000-2020).
Originally from the blue-collar Detroit suburb of Romulus, Dixon became a noteworthy addition to the Motor City's underground techno community during the mid-'90s. He debuted in 1994 on Claude Young's Utensil label with a pair of 12" releases under his own name and an album, Unknown Black Shapes, as Population One. During the latter half of the decade, he issued another 12" for Utensil and a pair of 12" releases for Juan Atkins' Metroplex. In 1998, Andy Vaz launched his Düsseldorf-based Background imprint with Dixon's Bionic Man EP. The same year, Dixon co-wrote and co-produced three tracks for Atkins' Skynet album (credited to Atkins' Infiniti alias). After his second album, From the Far Future -- issued on Berlin's Tresor in 2000 -- Dixon was relatively quiet for several years. During the late part of the 2000s, he was extremely active with material on several European labels. In 2007, Vaz's Yore label released third album Train of Thought, and Dixon returned to Tresor for 2012's From the Far Future, Pt. 2. As Dixon continued to refine his approach, his work naturally became less raw and more sophisticated, but he never curtailed the immediacy of his earliest music.
After the double-LP Badge of Honor appeared on Surface in late 2013, the year he founded the Reduction label, Dixon announced his retirement from music, but his busy release and performance schedule suggested otherwise. He soon appeared at the 2014 Movement Festival in Detroit, and shortly thereafter released an EP with Michael Zucker and two Population One records, namely the A Mind of His Own EP (through Metroplex) and the Theater of a Confused Mind LP (on Rush Hour). EPs credited to Dixon or Population One (or both) continued appearing on a regular basis, and by the end of 2015, there were five releases in the Reduction catalog, the entirety of which Dixon produced. During the next few years, Dixon's album discography expanded with a self-titled album as Minimal Detroit (self-released, 2016), the triple-LP 12,000 Miles of Twilight (Out-Er, 2017), and the Thomas Fehlmann collaboration We Take It from Here (Tresor, 2018). Galactic Halo (Axis) and From the Far Future, Pt. 3 (Tresor) were both issued early the following decade. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi