Jeff Mills has penned a letter announcing that his label, Axis Records, will expand on its sound. In addition to techno releases, it will provide a platform for film soundtracks as well as classical and jazz.
In a letter obtained by Resident Advisor, Mills reflects on Axis’ 28-year legacy in techno. He posits that the label crossed over not only into other music genres, but creative disciplines as well. “As a producer of music, my interest always went beyond electronic dance,” he writes. “From being a drummer in my youth instilled an objective that has remained all throughout my music career.”
“Starting this fall 2020, Axis Records will expand its musical scope in the areas of classical, jazz and film soundtracks,” reads a later passage. Mills writes that Axis will keep “maintaining our normal pace of techno music” but incorporate works by live musicians and soloists. He promises music by bands like Spiral Deluxe and violinist Mari Samuelsen as well as more traditionally on-brand releases by himself and first-wave Detroit techno pioneer Eddie Fowlkes.
Axis Records’ most recent release is Every Dog Has Its Day Vol. 6 from Jeff Mills’ Millsart alias.