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Jeff Mills drops ‘Director’s Cut Chapter 4’ of classic techno series, Axis

It features two previously unreleased tracks

Jeff Mills volume four retrospective series
Jeff Mills volume four retrospective series

Having launched the retrospective series, 'Director's Cut', through his own Axis Records back in February, Jeff Mills has now released the fourth instalment.

The series sees the Detroit techno pioneer return to some of his earlier works, shining light again on cuts from across his catalogue. This latest 12" features four tracks, two of which are previously unreleased. 'Deadly Rays (Of A White Hot Sun)' and 'The Industry Of Dreams' featured on Jeff's 'Where Light Ends' and 'The Messenger' albums respectively, while the record also features a percussion mix of his 1997 track 'Gateway of Zen' and '999' which was originally produced for his 'Emerging Crystal Universal' album but ultimately never made it onto the finished release.

The release also features audio commentary of all four tracks by Mills himself, while all four tracks have been specially remastered. You can check clips of all four tracks via Hard Wax.

Speaking about the retrospective series earlier in the year, Mills said, "Looking back in hindsight to the activity and accomplishments of Axis is with much pride - to witness the relationship between the music and listener evolving to this point. The 'Director's Cut' reissue project is about manicuring detail. It's about a rare opportunity to enhance what we've done so that the relationship strengthens for the long term."

'Director's Cut Chapter 3' arrives at a busy time for Mills. In October, he'll release a three-disc, 42-track compilation called 'Sight, Sound and Space' through his Axis Records, while last week he performed his interpretation of the film soundtrack for Fritz Lang's 1929 film 'Woman in the Moon' live in Berlin.

Last month, he commented that he felt electronic music had become too "middle class" during an interview with France24.

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