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Kobe Session (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: AX 070. Rel: 04 May 16
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Eventide (14:12)
  2. Introduction (4:42)
  3. Happy Gamma Ray (15:13)
Review: The first release from the Axis Audiophile Series. Jeff Mills has formed an electronic jazz fusion band and this 12? is a recording of their recent performance in Kobe during the TodaysArt.JP Festival. Mills manages the decks, drums and percussion and is joined Detroit legend and Underground Resistance stalwart Gerald Mitchell (Los Hermanos/Galaxy 2 Galaxy), keyboardist Yumiko Ohno and bassist Kenji Jino. "Eventide" has the same kind of urban, uplifting soul as anything Kaidi Thatham or Mark de Clive-Lowe have made and isn't bad at all! On the flip "Happy Gamma Ray" features uplifting keys and emotive chords backed by funk bass and one of Mills' unmistakeable 909 drum machine workouts. It really seems that there's no limit to this Motor City legend's creativity which has spanned nearly 30 years and we're excited about this new chapter in the Wizard's sonic universe.
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Planets (limited 9x7" picture disc box set) (1 per customer)
Cat: AX 073. Rel: 13 Jun 17
Techno
  1. Mercury (Classical version) (1:53)
  2. Mercury (original Sketch)
  3. Venus (Classical version) (3:28)
  4. Venus (original Sketch)
  5. Earth (Classical version) (3:43)
  6. Earth (original Sketch)
  7. Mars (Classical version) (3:30)
  8. Mars (original Sketch)
  9. Jupiter (Classical version) (3:09)
  10. Jupiter (original Sketch)
  11. Saturn (Classical version) (4:32)
  12. Saturn (original Sketch)
  13. Uranus (Classical version) (2:59)
  14. Uranus (original Sketch)
  15. Neptune (Classical version) (2:52)
  16. Neptune (original Sketch)
  17. Pluto (Classical version) (2:55)
  18. Pluto (original Sketch)
Review: Jeff Mills, the legendary Detroit techno pioneer who has been praised and worshipped by everyone club kid over the age of 18 since the late 80s, has focussed his efforts more on the classical side of music in more recent years. His gigs at the Barbican over the last few years, for example, are the shows to which he's dedicated most of his attention to, and it somehow all makes perfect sense. Although legendary tunes like "The Bells" or "Amazon" are straight-up dance floor bombs, there has always been a feeling that Mills' tunes were composed of something more than mere kick drums and monophonic instruments. This new album, Planets, sees the artist showcase the role of science fiction and of an imagined order prominently, something he's always been fascinated with. The likes of "Mercury", "Venus", "Earth" and the rest of the cosmos make more sense here than they do in the academic books; much like the great Sun Ra, it's almost as if these artists have found a simpler, more instinctive way to transmit the power of the universe. And that's through sound. The price might seem hefty, but this will be regarded as a very important release in the future. A fantastic journey through space and time.
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Voodoo Magic (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: AX 076. Rel: 05 Sep 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. E=MC2 (12:32)
  2. Voodoo Magic (3:12)
  3. The Paris Roulette (3:59)
  4. Let It Go (feat Tanya Michelle) (7:48)
  5. Let It Go (Terrence Parker mix) (6:57)
Review: Motor City techno legend Jeff Mills founded the American-Japanese tech-jazz/jazz-funk group Spiral Deluxe as a live outfit four years ago, but they've only just got round to recording a debut album. It's rather special, all told, with each of the four original tracks being laid down in one take at Faber Studios in Paris. Consequently, there's a pleasingly fluid feel throughout, with epic opener "E-MC2" - all virtuoso piano solos, freaky jazz-funk electric bass and bumpin' beats - arguably offering the best representation of their sound. You'll find some fine techno/jazz-funk fusion on the slap-bass-propelled title track, while "Let It Go", featuring the mesmerizing vocals of Tanya Michelle, sounds like an end-of-night classic in waiting. Mills old pal Terrence Parker gives his interpretation of that track on side four, re-imagining the delicate and poignant original version as an organ-heavy slab of gospel house brilliance.
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Moon: The Area Of Influence (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AX 081. Rel: 17 Jul 19
Techno
  1. Control, Sattva & Rama (7:00)
  2. Stabilising The Spin (5:06)
  3. The Tides (4:26)
  4. Sleep-Wake Cycles (8:34)
  5. Erratic Human Behaviour (4:45)
  6. Lunar Power (5:20)
  7. Electromagnetic (5:37)
Review: Given his stargazing, intergalactic ethos, it's perhaps unsurprising that sci-fi techno overlord Jeff Mills has decided to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo XI moon landing by releasing an album containing his musical "interpretations of Earth's moon". As you'd expect from an artist of Mills' standing, it's a very good album. Evocative, atmospheric and hugely spacey - this is Jeff Mills after all - the seven-track set moves from scene-setting, string-laden ambient ("Control, Satva and Rama") to sparse, acid-flecked dub techno ("Electromagnetic") via a string of fine cuts that variously touch on electro-fired broken techno ("Stabilizing The Spin"), Steve Reich style minimalism (the brilliant "Lunar Power"), and semi-orchestral electronic positivity ("The Tides").
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The Director's Cut Chapter 4 (180 gram audiophile vinyl 12")
Cat: AX 082DC. Rel: 22 Aug 19
Techno
  1. Deadly Rays (Of A Hot White Sun) (5:00)
  2. Deadly Rays (Jeff Mills Commentary) (0:56)
  3. Gateway Of Zen (Percussion mix) (5:51)
  4. Gateway Of Zen (Jeff Mills Commentary) (1:12)
  5. 999 (5:02)
  6. 999 (Jeff Mills Commentary) (1:16)
  7. The Industry Of Dreams (4:35)
  8. The Industry Of Dreams (Jeff Mills Commentary) (1:52)
Review: For those new to Jeff Mills' vast - and largely incredible - back catalogue, the Director's Cut series should be essential. Like its predecessors, this fourth volume gathers together various versions of killer cuts previously produced and released by the Motor City legend over the past two decades. Highlights include deep space techno workout "Deadly Rays (Of A Hot White Sun)", the densely layered African percussion, low slung bass and echoing organ stabs of "Gateway Of Zen (Percussion Mix)", the bleep-heavy electro/techno fusion of sweaty workout "999" and the alien-sounding, minor-key hypnotism of "The Industry Of Dreams". Each track is accompanied by a separate "audio commentary" from the man himself, which is ideal for those who love to hear artists talking about their work.
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The Director's Cut Chapter 6 (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: AX 084DC. Rel: 04 Dec 19
Techno
  1. The Bells (4:48)
  2. The Bells (Blue Potential version) (5:02)
  3. 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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Cat: AX 085. Rel: 07 Feb 20
Techno
  1. Ultimo (4:17)
  2. Forever & A Day (6:35)
  3. Big City Fish (5:00)
  4. Apex The Curve (3:49)
  5. Sunday (5:07)
  6. Northwest Of Paradise (3:55)
  7. The Passenger (4:49)
  8. Josephine (5:09)
  9. With (0:36)
Review: This New Year, Jeff Mills is inviting us to look inward in the form of his Every Dog Has Its Day series. The last time we had an installment came 17 years ago, just enough time for a periodical cicada to emerge from theground, finished with its former life as a nymph. The sixth edition of this series is soon to follow in spring dressed in brown, continuing to deliver a spiritual and emotional raft for you to see that Every Dog Has Its Day. Mills himself has said, "You never figure out life, you just get used to it." Reflected in this record is that sentiment, that life doesn't present to you the answers because there are none. What is right and just for you, may not be for me, so how can I share with you any secrets. Electronic music can act as a guide, a catalyst of your headspace; it is not the map.
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