[THEMA022] The Parkhurst

by Terrence Dixon

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If you’re reading this then you most likely are familiar with the latest addition to the Thema stable. It means that you’ve likely experienced the prescient, monolithic funk of his groundbreaking “Minimalism” series. It may mean that you’ve witnessed one of his rare, raw and raucous sets of densely layered classic/future techno. We are damn sure it means you’ve heard, absorbed and been educated by his blistering intoxicating work on Germany’s Tresor label and the legendary Metroplex releases as Population one or his influential Utensil releases. The man in question is, of course, Detroit’s own understated, underrated “second wave” techno soldier. The Master of Repetition: Terrence Dixon!

“The Parkhurst” gives us five cuts spanning a wide spectrum of emotional hues and dancefloor objectives and we can see Terrence venturing into some rare territory for one who has hewed such a well-defined and recognizable sound through his career. The deadpan manner and 1000-yard glare of his past melts under the heat of opener “City Nights.” It’s a maze of operatic afrobeat-tinged house music rushing gaining momentum with each angular twist into sweaty oblivion. Quite the introduction. “Suspended” is the breather after the workout: sensory deprivation courtesy of rippling strands of static chords, featuring a deep extended digital-only mix of this mesmerizing little jewel. Continuing the laidback vibe, “After Five” carves a languid, oversexed groove—the perfect soundtrack for a rainy evening at home or in the morning sessions at the club. On the flip, “The Parkhurst” brings that old familiar no-bullshit aesthetic back into the picture with a pensive minor key melody fused with alien orchestral accompaniment. Mr. Dixon closes out the whole affair off with a signature piece of Detroit-style mathematics. “Multiply” reaches into techno’s past to communicate with us in the here and now—giving each new element room to grow and sing. Terrence shows us a sound we have come to know and love speaking with a new voice.

And we just want to say that Thema is proud to be blessed with such a document as this from an artist who has stood the test of time in a culture of mercurial change. One that connects so succinctly with a sound we as true heads have grown up with. One that explores the emotions still at work—day in and dayout—in the lives of all who love, who live, and who breathe this music.

Text by: Chris Malec

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released April 28, 2011

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Based in Brooklyn & Berlin, Thema Recordings, Thema Digital & Chronicle Records were started and run by Lenny Posso since 2006. Each label specializing in deep explorations within Techno, House, & Experimental dance music from various unique artists around the world. ... more

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