Jeff Mills has dabbled in a range of musical styles during an illustrious career – from the soundtrack interpretation of Fritz Lang’s masterpiece ‘Metropolis’ to his collaboration with the Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra – but never shall we forget he made his name with driving, unapologetic techno.
This release, the second on his fledgling Something In The Sky imprint, fits somewhere in between. On the a-side we see a couple of tracks (titled “Track 1” and “Track 2” respectively) that hark back to the Wizard of old: pulsating, underground techno. On the flip, tracks 3 and 4 see Sir Jeff’s love for experimentation coming to the fore, with two slices of melodic, spooky electronica. Here sonic pulses and spacey sytnths come to the fore.
The visual aesthetic to his new imprint is symbolic of Mills the man and artist. After all, we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. We all know where Mills is looking.
Review: Aaron Coultate