Terrence Dixon – Badge Of Honor
Incredible, undersung Techno double-LP from Detroit master Terrence Dixon. Here’s a taster – as far as album openers go, this is way up there:
“Long-standing UK techno label Surface Records are proud to announce the follow-up to the highly acclaimed Terrence Dixon EP ‘Lost At Sea’. Released to high acclaim in the late spring of 2013, the EP garnered huge support throughout both techno and house scenes, attaining single of the month in several publications. The 15-track Badge of Honor takes it one step further, pushing the envelope of techno with quirky, Detroit-infused abstractions that only the masterful Dixon (once dubbed the Aphex Twin of Detroit techno) could conjure up.
Far removed from his Population One moniker, this is Terrence Dixon’s fourth LP in an illustrious 20-year career. Spanning a slew of prominent labels such as Metroplex, Tresor, Utensil, Yore and Dixon’s recently launched Reduction label, with releases forthcoming from such legends as Juan Atkins and Claude Young, Dixon and Surface are a match made in heaven for the purists out there – while touching on the bass-heavy sound that was utilised to such great effect in Lost At Sea. The album hits us with raw, all-encompassing techno cuts alongside some choice left-field experiments (View From A Lighthouse, Radio Room and Light Years), cementing Terrence’s reputation as the free-form producer of choice, not unlike a modern day Sun Ra. From the P-Funk basslines and melodies of Operation Acoustic and Incoming, to the dark, undulating Mills-esque sound of The Atlantic, this is a release that seemingly covers all the bases.
Over a year in the making and already doing the rounds with those in the know, Badge of Honor represents techno from a future age, conceptualised to go well beyond the surface…” – SURFACE