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The Crystal City Is Alive
Cat: AX 055CD. Rel: 04 Aug 20
Techno
  1. Metallic Stars
  2. People
  3. Star Children Of Orion
  4. When The Sun Loves You Back
  5. The X
  6. The Crystal City Is Alive
Review: The Beneficiaries is an all-new collaboration between three of Detroit's finest - techno pioneers Jeff Mills and Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes, and poet artist Jessica Care Moore - and this debut album is nothing less than a touching, whole-hearted tribute to their home city and its rich cultural history. Musically, it's intoxicating, far-sighted and otherworldly, with Care Moore adding a variety of ear-catching spoken word vocals to backing tracks that veer from acid-fired alien techno (epic opener "Metallic Stars", "Star Children of Orion"), percussive, dubbed-out late night murkiness ("People"), sun-bright analogue ambient melodiousness (the sparkling "When The Sun Loves You Back"), dark and moody electronica ("The X"), and heady, bongo-powered hypnotism ("The Crystal City Is Alive"). In other words, it's as great as we expected, and then some.
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The Crystal City Is Alive
The Crystal City Is Alive (2xLP + insert)
Cat: AX 087. Rel: 27 Jul 20
Techno
  1. Metallic Stars (11:25)
  2. People (14:02)
  3. Star Children Of Orion (4:48)
  4. When The Sun Loves You Back (4:35)
  5. The X (10:13)
  6. The Crystal City Is Alive (8:48)
Review: In 2018, the idea was introduced by Jeff Mills to address the lack of artistic collaborations within and from the city of Detroit/USA. The city had always been an engine of new innovative ideas related to music, art, dance, poetry and all other arts. It was thought of as a way to demonstrate the commonality people possess from various art forms and that by mixing ideas visions and perspectives together are might produce unexpected and often provocative results.

The project started when Mills reached out to one of Detroit Techno's founder and legendary DJ/Producer Eddie Fowlkes. Though the two are known and connected to Detroit Techno and knew each other for decades, they never worked together so the first few meetings and conversations were marked with finding all the common links that have built both of their careers. During this time, Mills wanted to find a third person for the project, one that was from Detroit, but not a musician. His idea and theory was that by engaging two other creative thinkers would most likely produce something unique as emotions would become linked together to find that common, but higher level. While browsing the web, Mills discovered a post that featured the Detroit-born poet Jessica Care Moore. Struck by her words and the energy she mastered to say them, Mills knew immediately that she would be the perfect artist to approach for this creative venture. As with most artists that grew up in Detroit, they immediately opened up the links in their past, present and future outlook. He presented the case and explained to her how he thought it might work. She liked the idea and agree to join.

THE CRYSTAL CITY IS ALIVE. (A phrase extracted from Moore's words), puts the Detroit, America and the World on notice. The alarm has sounded and it is now time to mobilize all creative units to the frontline.
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Gespielt von: Mark Forshaw, Mimi
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Kobe Session
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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Exhibitionist 2: Part 1
Cat: AX 067. Rel: 02 Jul 15
Techno
  1. Signals To Atomic One (4:32)
  2. A-B (4:24)
  3. Spiralism (4:29)
  4. Optic (4:20)
Review: Later in the year, Jeff Mills will release the long-awaited follow-up to his legendary Exhibition mix CD. Details are relatively scarce at present, though according to its creator the CD/DVD package "explains a lot about the mindset, and the concepts, and the procedure of how a DJ does what he does". In a bid to raise interest in the project - not that the Detroit legend needs much help in that regard - he's put together this 12" of previously unheard studio material. It's typical of Mills' floor-friendly exploits, with all four tracks fusing intergalactic, outer-space electronics (see opener "Signals To Atomix One") with rolling Motor City grooves (complete with the usual relentless cymbals) and bubbling basslines.
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Planets
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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Sight Sound & Space
Sight Sound & Space (3xCD in hard-back book sleeve + 50 page booklet)
Cat: AXCD 054. Rel: 14 Oct 19
Techno
  1. Perfecture (CD1: Sight)
  2. Deckard
  3. Le Mer Et C Est Un Caractere
  4. Homing Device
  5. The Never Ending Study
  6. The Drive Home
  7. Parallelism In Fate
  8. Devices
  9. Transformation B (Rotwang S Revenge)
  10. Sleepy Time
  11. Multi-Dimensional
  12. Descending Eiffel Stairs
  13. The Hunter (CD2: Sound)
  14. The Bells
  15. 4Art
  16. The 25th Hour
  17. Growth
  18. Spiral Galaxy
  19. Microbe
  20. Jade
  21. Where The Shadows Have Motives
  22. Flying Machines
  23. Compression-Release
  24. Into The Body
  25. The Resolution
  26. Spiral Therapy
  27. Introduction (Phase 1-3 - CD3: Space)
  28. Mercury (Residue mix)
  29. Unreleased002
  30. Unreleased003
  31. The Industry Of Dreams
  32. Stabilizing The Spin
  33. G-Star
  34. Planet X
  35. The Worker's Party
  36. Daphnis (Keeler S Gap)
  37. Outer Space
  38. Unreleased005
  39. Self-Portrait
  40. Aitken Basin
  41. Deadly Rays (Of A Hot White Sun)
  42. Medians
Review: Given his length of service and the sheer volume of music he's put out, it would be fair to say that a Jeff Mills career retrospective is well overdue. Happily, as "best of" compilations go, "Sight, Sound & Space" is up there with the best. The three discs boast no less than 42 tracks plucked from Mills archives - and those of his Axis Records imprint - with the accompanying 50-page booklet containing detailed commentary on each by the man himself. It's a superb package for both fans and newcomers alike, with the decidedly intergalactic and alien-sounding tracks perfectly summarizing the breadth and depth of his far-sighted work (think Motor City techno anthems, heavy loop jams, sci-fi fuelled electronic soundscapes, neo-classical soundtrack comp, heady ambient works and early morning minimalist club jams).
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A Trip To The Moon
A Trip To The Moon (limited CD)
Cat: AXCD 049. Rel: 25 Jan 17
Techno
  1. Theory & Plans (The Trip)
  2. The Believers
  3. Rocket Spaceship Destination
  4. Amongst The Stars
  5. Outer Space
  6. Fast Descent To The Surface (Eyeball Landing)
  7. Winds Across The Vast Landscape
  8. Strange Plants & Other Botanica
  9. Sleepy Time
  10. The Feeling Of Being Watched
  11. Underground & The Moon People
  12. Captured & Under Their Control
  13. Bewilded, But Not Confused
  14. The Escape
  15. Hero's Welcome
Review: Since many of Jeff Mills's strongest albums have been new scores to classic sci-fi films, hopes are naturally high for this audio interpretation of Georges Melies' 1902 silent movie, A Trip To The Moon. As you'd expect, it's an impressively cinematic musical journey, with the Detroit legend using synthesizers and drum machines to do the work of an orchestra. It touches on many of his usual musical tropes - think star-hazing ambient and futurist Detroit techno - while also offering nods towards Chicago acid, the kind of cyclical, phase-based compositions pioneered by Steve Reich, experimental noise, and neo-classical. It's emotive, immaculately produced, and hugely entertaining.
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FORTHCOMING
The Clairvoyant
Cat: AX 097. Rel: 26 Feb 21
Techno
  1. The Seance
  2. Pseudoscience
  3. Remote Viewing
  4. Someone Who Feels Things
  5. Calling All Loved Ones
  6. Shadow With A Golden Aura
  7. Wait I Feel A Presence
  8. Three Signs From The Other Side (First Sign)
  9. Three Signs From The Other Side (Second Sign)
  10. Three Signs From The Other Side (Third Sign)
  11. Questions Decisions & Consequences
  12. The Feeling Anything Is Possible
  13. Dancing Shadows
  14. Ganzfeld Experiments
  15. The Spirit World
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Every Dog Has Its Day Vol 6
Cat: AX 086. Rel: 10 Jun 20
Techno
  1. Phoenix Rising (4:46)
  2. Motor Vehicle Dept (4:22)
  3. What's So Funny (5:04)
  4. Six By Six By Nine (4:39)
  5. The Big Deal (4:32)
  6. The Possession (3:24)
  7. L'addition S'il Vous Plait (4:37)
  8. World Wide Whoops (5:09)
  9. Axis Identification (0:37)
Review: Earlier this year, Jeff Mills decided to don his occasional Millsart alias for the first time in 17 years, in order to release the fifth volume in the long-running "Every Dog Has Its Day" series. The Motor City stalwart is obviously in a rich vein of form, because he's now ready to serve up volume six, which at nine tracks deep is the series' most expansive release to date. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the hybrid deep house/Detroit techno warmth of opener "Phoenix Rising" and the summery, sun-kissed tech-jazz of "What's So Funny", to the Robert Hood style Motor City minimalism of "Six By Six By Nine" and the classic, sci-fi-fired futurism of "World Wide Whoops".
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FORTHCOMING
Counter Active
Cat: AX 096. Rel: 29 Jan 21
Deep House
  1. Super Solid
  2. The X Factor
  3. Residence
  4. Twilight
  5. Ultraviolet
  6. Residence (alternative version)
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Tathata
Tathata (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: AX 074. Rel: 26 Apr 17
Techno
  1. The Cosmos (17:27)
  2. Four Ways Of Knowing (11:39)
  3. Without A Doubt (6:03)
Review: Spiral Deluxe is an improvised electronic jazz quartet consisting of the legendary Jeff Mills on machines, with Underground Resistance alumnus Gerald Mitchell on keyboards, Yumiko Ohno on Moog synthesizer, and Kenji "Jino" Hino on bass guitar and vocals. On the A side we have the fantastic voyage that is "Cosmos" which over its nearly 18 minute duration takes in The Wizard's trademark drum rolls, a bit of acid, a nice serving of funk and even some gospel style pianos towards the end. It's a brilliant live recording we must say. On the flip are the deep and emotive soul jams "Four Ways Of Knowing" and "Without A Doubt". The Tathata EP is pressed on vinyl from high resolution 32bit digital files and will launch a new range of vinyl releases named the Axis Audiophile Series.
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