Jeff Mills goes jazz


Jeff Mills and Jean-Phi Dary have linked up to form electronic jazz project The Paradox. It was formed following the duo coming together to perform with legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen.

They will release their debut album ‘Counter Active’ via Mills’ Axis Records on January 29 next year. It comprises tracks recorded in real-time, that “reflect captured spontaneous actions which concede honesty and truth”. Dary met Mills while performing on the 2019 tour in support of Mills and the late Tony Allen‘s 2018 collaborative album, Tomorrow Comes The Harvest. The Paradox “values improvisation creations,” according to Mills, who announced in May that he would expand Axis to include classical, jazz and film scores in addition to its trademark electronic music releases.

Mills and Axis Records have been quite busy this year, releasing several Every Dog Has Its Day compilations, an album with Eddie Fowlkes & Jessica Care Moore as The Beneficiaries and more.

A1. Super Solid
B1. The X Factor
B2. Residence
C1. Twilight
C2. Ultraviolet
D1. Residence (Alternative Version)

Deeply inhabited by science-fiction, DJ, producer and artist Jeff Mills adopts its ideas, concepts, stories and esthetics from the outset. For him, Space is an obsession and his music almost becomes a musical science-fiction. Conquering space, his music embodies the future while both respecting the past and remaining well into the present. When he founded his own record label Axis in 1992 -a logo consisting of four triangles pointing to an invisible center-, Mills takes the rotating principle of the solar system as aesthetics, concept and model for creativity. From the beginning, his first releases explore futuristic and science fiction topics such as “Mutant theory,” “Tomorrow,” “Art / UFO”, “Time Machine” and “Alpha Centauri”. For Jeff Mills, the future is a powerful creative drive which explains the artist’s ceaseless activity.