Jeff Mills collaborates with Japanese astronaut on new album

Techno veteran Jeff Mills’ stargazing tendencies will continue on his latest LP, featuring contributions from an actual honest-to-god astronaut. 

Where Light Ends will see Mills working in collaboration with Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri, who first travelled into space with the Endeavour mission in 1992 (the year Mills dropped Waveform Transmission Vol. 1, incidentally). The album will take its thematic cues from the astronaut’s first extraterrestrial sortie, although it’s not yet clear exactly what role Mohri is playing in proceedings.

According to Mills:

Where Light Ends refers to the areas in space that we’re not able to see or understand. Places that are also candidates in which to consider in terms of our future evolution. Places where the threat of our sun’s rays will not deteriorate our landscapes. A place of refuge, not a place where life may not exist.”

The 2xCD album will also feature tracks and remixes from a clutch of Japanese techno producers, including wonderful R&S veteran Ken Ishii. Hard techno producer DJ QHey and Perc Trax alumnus Gonno will also contribute material. Comic illustrator Kenny Keil and artist Gustao Alberto Garcia Vaca have written an accompanying comic film strip, which will come bundled with the LP.

Where Light Ends is due on Axis Records soon. Mills will also release another more conventional disc, Jungle Planet, later in the year. His long-running fascination with the cosmos will be on full display at a “conceptual performance” in Vauxhall on March 31, where Mills will present a multimedia show exploring the “history of Ufology”. [via Resident Advisor]

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