Hail Jeff Mills: techno’s greatest ambassador, techno’s greatest believer, and arguably techno’s greatest innovator.
As he prepares to play Turin’s Club To Club festival this weekend, we salute the work of the Detroit native who, as both DJ and composer, revolutionised electronic music over the course of the 1990s. To those of you familiar with Mills’ work, the next 10 pages will simply jog your memory, and prompt you to fish out those prized, well-worn Axis and Purpose Maker 12″s from the depths of your collection. To those of you who’ve yet to fully acquaint yourself with the master, this is your indispensable route in.
Better still, Mills himself is your guide through the highlights of his peerless catalogue, commenting on each landmark release that we’ve selected, and on rather weightier issues too.
“I believe that our future won’t be here on Earth, but out there, in Space,” he opines. “Our future will consist of struggling to understand the unbelievable. Technology will makes many things possible, but re-calibrating the human mind is something more complex and the education needs to start now.”