Jeff Mills – Counter Active (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:26 minutes | 441 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Axis
Jeff Mills and Jean-Phi Dary mint their new project, The Paradox with a plush suite of deep Afrobeat meets Detroit techno and jazz for Mills’ Axis empire.
Reprising their musical relationship after contributing keys and drum machine to the late, great Tony Allen’s ‘Tomorrow Comes The Harvest’ session in 2018, French Guyanese player Dary drapes silky chords over Mills lissom drum programming in six svelte, spontaneous jams focussed on achieving a “higher level of spiritual consciousness” through their creative freedom.
Call it deep jazz techno or techno-fusion, either way it’s just deep as fuck, bringing Dary’s decades of experience playing with everyone from Allen to Papa Wemba, Peter Gabriel and Phoenix in the colourfully harmonised keys, to some of Mills’ slinkiest patterning, with standouts in the hunched hustle and chromatic bursts of ‘The X Factor’, and with the swingeing depths of ‘Twilight’, where Mills’ machine drums appear to resemble the tight-but-loose, grubbing suss of live Afrobeat or jazz drums.
01. The Paradox – Super Solid
02. The Paradox – The X Factor
03. The Paradox – Residence
04. The Paradox – Twilight
05. The Paradox – Ultraviolet
06. The Paradox – Residence (Alternative Version)