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Metropolis Metropolis
Cat: AXCD 058. Rel: 28 Feb 23
 
Experimental/Electronic
The Masters Of Work & Play
Metropolis Metropolis
Maria & The Impossible Dream
Transformation The Aftershock & Evil
Yoshiwara & The Players Of Chance
Liaisons & Complicated Affairs
Review: It is now 23 years since Jeff Mills dropped his seminal Metropolis album, which was a shortened version of his electronic soundtrack for Fritz Lang's Metropolis movie from 1927. Mills is a famous futurist but his sounds work perfectly on this project which is a symbiotic mix of compositions that makes for a nuanced representation of the plot and storyline. It's a testament to his skill that his album is utterly timeless and wholly absorbing, and likely always will be.
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 in stock $17.67
Extension
Extension (12")
Cat: AX 109. Rel: 30 Nov 22
 
Techno
Rise (5:43)
The Storyteller (6:40)
Entanglement (5:38)
Review: His adoring but party-focused audience may not always realise it, but Jeff Mills - the Detroit raised, Berlin-based techno icon - never programs a kick drum or hi-hat without some serious thought being put behind it. 'Extension' is apparently the latest in a series that started with 'Growth' in 1994 and continued with 2004 with 'Expanded', under the same concept, namely an attempt to "bring forth the notion that the Future could provide more than what we are doing now." The three tracks begin with the fizzing, watery ambience of 'Rise', kick drums present but somewhat muted, before 'The Storyteller' provides a more traditional 4/4 framework for some genuinely out of this world effects. 'Entanglement' clocks in somewhere between the other two, bubbling away beatlessly, then eased along by ride cymbals until finally a pulsing kick enters the fray over what sound like bleepy Morse code signals being beamed to other planets. More atmospheric than simply downright banging, this is Jeff Mills at his most original.
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The Director's Cut Chapter 6
The Director's Cut Chapter 6 (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: AX 084DC. Rel: 11 Dec 20
 
Techno
The Bells (4:48)
The Bells (Blue Potential version) (5:02)
The Homosapien Sapiens (2:46)
Review: For the latest volume in his ongoing retrospective series "The Director's Cut", Jeff Mills has decided to offer us another chance to own his most iconic and celebrated track, "The Bells". All techno heads should know the 1996 original version that kicks off the EP, but if you don't, it's a stomping, heavily percussive romp rich in looped synth stabs and chiming melodies. Here it comes accompanied by the stunning version found on the "Blue Potential" DVD, in which Mills performed live with Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra), and bonus cut "The Homosapien Sapiens", which appears to be a previously unreleased cut. While of interest, it's the version of "The Bells" that make the EP an essential purchase.
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Metropolis Metropolis
Metropolis Metropolis (limited 3xLP)
Cat: AX 107. Rel: 06 Mar 23
 
Experimental/Electronic
The Masters Of Work & Play (11:23)
Metropolis Metropolis (12:27)
Maria & The Impossible Dream (12:07)
Transformation, The Aftershock & Evil (12:02)
Yoshiwara & The Players Of Chance (12:06)
Liaisons & Complicated Affairs (14:49)
Review: Jeff Mills has long been inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction movie 'Metropolis' (as was Giorgio Moroder, whose work also influenced many Motor City techno producers of Mills' era) and first created his own truncated alternative soundtrack for it 23 years ago. 'Metropolis Metropolis' sees him revisit the idea, creating a brand-new, elongated soundtrack more befitting extended versions of the film (which famously was heavily edited on in its initial release). As you'd expect, the triple-vinyl album, which is made up of six side-length suites, mixes electronic and acoustic instrumentation, with ambient synth sounds and neo-classical orchestration sitting side by side. Throw in a healthy dollop of Mills' inherent Afro-futurism and some hypnotic, soft-touch grooves, and you have an inspired and far-sighted new soundtrack to an age-old classic.
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The Other Maria
Cat: AX 114. Rel: 02 Jun 23
 
Experimental/Electronic
The Dance Rebellion Starts (8:46)
The Other Maria (5:35)
Freder's Reality Switch (5:35)
Review: As Jeff Mills returns to his third deepest obsession after 909s and UFOs, he presents an addendum to his renewed Metropolis Metropolis soundtrack which doubles down on three of the themes and gives them a different framework through the lens of a 12". This is still the more cinematic end of the Millsian spectrum, but there's some intensity which may well be of use to the more dramatic or daring techno DJ. 'The Dance Rebellion Starts' is plenty loopy and disorienting, full of interwoven, clangorous patterns which should stay nicely in time if you get them locked in the mix. 'The Other Maria' might well be the star of the show though, a nightmarish, ever-building drone piece with some half-time percussion stalking around the edges for guidance. 'Freder's Reality Switch' completes the picture with a slightly more stable synths n' strings piece, but there's still that innate sense of otherness Mills always threads into his work.
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The Override Switch
Cat: AX 104. Rel: 13 Oct 21
 
Jazz
Homage (5:18)
The River Runs Five Ways (5:28)
Infinite Voyage (5:57)
Crashing (3:16)
Soul Filter Buffet (3:24)
The Sun King (11:23)
Soul Filter (The Dancer) (4:58)
Trigger Happy (With Safety Off) (4:21)
Review: Electronic icon Jeff Mills links up with fellow Detroit talent Rafael Leafar for this one on his own Axis, and it is yet another sublime exploration of the cosmos through the medium of techno. Leafar brings all his next level multi-instrumentalist skills and strong love of jazz to the duo and when combined with Mills' ability to speak through his machines, it makes for a unique record. The icy percussion rolls deep, taking you into another dimension each and every time while the noodling sax brings sombreness and soul. Big, splashy cymbals, dark chords and a real sense of mystery and intrigue keep you utterly locked throughout.
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Wonderland
Cat: AXCD 057. Rel: 20 Apr 22
 
Balearic/Downtempo
Full Moon Brigade
A Life Aquatic
Tropicana
Something Like That (Moody)
Sunset Lovers
When The Time Is Tight
Wonderland
Cause & Effect
The Main Contender
Gateway
Like Paradise
ChinTiki (Upper Level)
Review: Last year Detroit techno stalwart Jeff Mills launched a new project, The Zanza, an ever-changing collective of jazz, Latin and electronic musicians who could help him explore his love of a wide variety of styles and genres. Following on from the project's debut release, Mills has now delivered a debut album that once again proves not only his versatility as a producer, but also the vivid, widescreen nature of his musical vision. Wonderland is not an ambient or techno album - though it does contain multiple nods to the latter - but rather a hybrid affair that draws great influence from Latin music (and samba in particular), jazz in many forms, dubbed-out electro, jazz-funk and, on the rushing 'The Time Is Tight', organ and piano-heavy gospel house.
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Played by: ISOUL8 (Volcov)
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Morning Glory
Cat: AX 115. Rel: 27 Sep 23
 
Techno
The Deuce Theory (5:09)
Kundalini Energy (Morning Glory mix) (5:56)
Are You Experienced (Guilty Pleasure mix) (5:20)
Review: Jeff Mills has always used the Millsart alias as vehicle for his more eclectic, out there, experimental and hard-to-pigeonhole productions. He's clearly proud of them, as he should be, as he recently inaugurated the 'Axis Expressionist Series' of EPs to showcase a blend of classic Millsart cuts and previously unreleased reworks. This 12" marks the third in the ongoing series, and sees 'the Wizard' bounce between creepy, mid-tempo techno psychedelia ('The Deuce Theory', with its addictive bassline, ghostly pads and off-key electronics), spaced-out tech-jazz headiness (the brilliant, impossible to describe 'Kundalini Energy (Morning Glory Mix)') and lightly jazz-tinged downtempo exotica (the organ-heavy shuffle and sun-bright melodies of 'Are You Experienced (Guilty Pleasure Mix)').
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Inner Eye
Inner Eye (12")
Cat: AX 111. Rel: 10 May 23
 
Techno
Inner Eye (extended mix) (6:06)
Nocturnal Moves (4:07)
That Voodoo You Do (What If mix) (7:15)
Review: In 2021 we were treated to a new entry in Jeff Mills' venerated Millsart series via the outstanding, house-tinted Think Again 12" and now he's gracing us with more of that sublime, deep-tripping, soul-enriched magic via this frankly outstanding new record. Once again there's an emphasis on warm musicality, not least the piano coursing through 'Nocturnal Moves', but as is Mills' way the melody always teeters on the edge of discord and microtonality, crating a very special kind of spirituality which could well send shivers down the spine of the dancefloor. Demonstrating the full power of his expression as a composer as well as a programmer, Mills sounds utterly inspired on these three new tracks, which sound primed for dramatic scenes when you want to take a crowd somewhere special.
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X Ray Zulu
Cat: AX 116. Rel: 25 Jan 24
 
Techno
Just Like A (Vernacular Objects) (7:26)
Transistor Love (4:58)
Peace From The Virgo Cluster (5:06)
Methane Bubbles (5:34)
Review: Jeff Mills is on a serious roll with his Millsart releases, indulging the mystical, jazz-tinted sound of his Every Dog Has Its Day series across a run of 12"s which have included the outstanding Inner Eye, Don't Ask Me Why and Morning Glory in the past year alone. The original version of 'Vernacular Objects' appeared on a 2020 digital release, and now Mills has re-versioned it alongside three new tracks which continue the heady brew of simmering percussive meditation and elevated keys hitting subtle discord and curious harmony interplay for that extra-terrestrial Millsian touch.
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FORTHCOMING
Neo Tantric Parts
Cat: AX 118. Rel: 29 Mar 24
 
Techno
Tear Drop Nebula (Reworked mix)
The Phonetic World
Neptunian Landing
Unidentified
Review: Jeff Mills continues to gift us some utterly astounding house-tempered work from the Millsart project on this latest 12". Neo Tantric Parts draws from the deep well of Millsart archives, with 'Tear Drop Nebula' especially benefitting from a new mix as it shuffles percussion and vibraphone chimes around microtonal cascades which give the music a particularly giddy quality. 'The Phonetic World' has a punchy presence without losing that lighter style Mills adopts under this alias, while 'Neptunian Landing' heads into spookier territory with some faithful 909 hats for guidance. Watch out for 'Unidentified' though, a truly tweaked-out slice of space lounge gear for watching the walls of you mind melt after one too many solar flares.
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Vernacular
Vernacular (2xLP)
Cat: AX 113. Rel: 25 Oct 23
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
At Night (extended mix) (7:46)
At Night (vocal acappella) (5:53)
At Night (Acid Bass instrumental) (7:45)
At Night (instrumental) (6:24)
The Dreamer (4:47)
Sound Manifesto (5:45)
Love Lies (5:24)
Love Lies (Minimal version) (5:12)
Review: Blake Reyes is an alias for Italian artist Luca Vertulli and on this release for Jeff Mills' Axis Jazz collection he presents an extended double pack of hi-tech soul of the highest calibre. Recorded between Bologna, Milan and Rome overseen by Mills himself, Vernacular takes us deep into the heart of Reyes' vision, leading with the standout track 'At Night'. Anna Bassy's vocal sits front and centre on the original version of the track, but the B-side offers up alternative versions which let Reyes' assembled players shine through. Sides C and D offer up further excursions into hidden possibilities from the project such as the epic synth symphony of 'Sound Manifesto', mirroring the warm, instrumental charm of Mills' own Millsart releases and recent collaborations with Jean-Phi Dary.
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 in stock $29.79
Evolution
Evolution (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: AX 110. Rel: 06 Sep 23
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Metamorphosis
Words Of Wisdom
Peace Pipe
Rising Water
Rising Water (reprise)
Review: If you were digging the sound of The Paradox, Jeff Mills' 2021 collaboration with keys virtuoso Jean-Phi Dary, you should be very excited indeed to see the return of Tomorrow Comes The Harvest. The project originated in Mills and the late Afrobeat architect Tony Allen working together around 2018 on live shows and an album, and in the wake of Allen's passing Mills has kept their project alive with Dary and Indian tabla player Prabhu Edouard. Improvisation and interwoven rhythm is at the heart of the project, and the considerable skills of each player reach staggering heights on this monumental record, released to coincide with the trio's world tour.
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 in stock $36.12
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