Boomkat Product Review:
Enduring Detroit original Terrence Dixon returns to Rush Hour after seven years for a short, sharp futurist excursion into psychedelic parallel universes. Few artists are capable of producing techno that sounds this singular, spacious and funky.
Following last year's mind-bendingly breathtaking double-header of "From The Far Future Pt. 3" and "Galactic Halo" comes "Reporting From Detroit", another undulating set of machine funq that reminds us why Dixon has remained a crucial figure in the development and maintenance of Techno. His style is often imitated, but rarely touched: a percussive, lysurgic whirlpool of glassy synthetic textures, TR-909 rhythms and hoarse vocals. This is Black music, capital T techno, and a million miles from the identikit grinding minimal that's been turned into a European business exercise for turgid bankers and the de facto plague rave soundtrack.
The title of the album sounds simple but Dixon is stating pure facts. Unlike "From The Far Future" series, this record is beamed to us from the here and now and works as a stark, corrective exercise. This music is Detroit, and Detroit is techno. Dixon isn't adding anything new to his sound, but he's letting a new generation know what Detroit techno is, with its high-concept sci-fi landscapes and neck-snapping, ass-shaking rhythms. If you're into Actress, MoMA Ready, Drexciya or even Vladislav Delay, Dixon is a crucial linking thread. So essential.