Another month, another Millsart EP. Despite inaugurating the alias 20 years ago, Jeff Mills has delivered more than two thirds of the project’s releases in 2020 alone. The most recent of which, Every Dog Has Its Day Vol. 11, arrived by way of Axis Records October 15th.
The 11th installment of Mills’ esteemed EP series is arguably more eclectic than those preceding it. “Kundalini Energy,” for instance, includes drum samples from session musicians – a departure from the Millsart norm – and “The People’s Party” borders on progressive house. Although still more melodic than typical Jeff Mills releases, Vol. 11 bears more of the experimental hallmarks of his trademark style of Detroit techno.
Also on Axis
Jeff Mills has primarily leveraged Axis Records for self-releases, but the label provides a platform for other promising talent as well. In the past few months alone, Axis has given a home to releases by Terrence Dixon, Mike Storm, and the debut album from The Beneficiaries – Mills’ side project with Eddie Fowlkes and Jessica Care Moore.
2020 has also marked something of a shift for Axis Records. In May, Mills announced that the label would expand on its usual techno fare by signing classical music, jazz and film soundtracks.
Every Dog Has Its Day Vol. 11 is available in digital format via the Axis Records website.