Boomkat Product Review:
Jeff Mills’ Axis grows older gracefully with this jazzy suite from Detroit player/producer Byron The Aquarius, following his work fro everyone from Wild Oats and Sound Signature to Eglo and Apron in recent years
In key with Axis’ shift toward cinematic and home listening styles in recent years, spearheaded by the likes of Mills own work with The Beneficiaries and Spiral Deluxe, Byron’s ‘Ambrosia’ fits the new skool Axis look with a hot blooded set of deep, soulful house and syncopated broken beats by drummer “Lil John” Roberts, trumpeter Dashill Smith, flautist Rasheeda Ali, guitarist Sheldon Ferguson, and bass player Chocolat Costa, in a fruity jazz fusion style. Trust its winks, vamps, and shimmies in all the right places for folks over a “certain age” who don’t like getting their trainers mucky anymore, even if clubs were open.
Or, as Mills himself puts it: “I figured that all the music lovers of past eras will grow older, move away from the physical response of dancing to music because the rest of their lives would need more attention, more time and management. However, the affection and love that once carried them throughout the long nights on the dance floors would not only maintain, but that relationship might actually grow more intense as time marches on and the asset of fond memories of our pasts would cherish and valued even more. Considering this type of music lover, I looked to electronic music to examine if the genre had produced enough non-danceable material that might accommodate such a person.”