Boomkat Product Review:
Concept machine Jeff Mills dives into the Axis archive for a 27-track compilation spanning eons of his classic techno and sci-fi inspired themes, including previously unreleased material
‘Sight Sound and Space’ is presented as an expression of Mills’ “deep-seated thoughts” on synaesthetic relationships between the visual, auditory, and proprioceptive senses. It logically breaks down those three aspects over corresponding CDs, with respective commentary and explanations for each selected track contain in the attached booklet.
The first third, ‘Sight’ illuminates 12 harmonically sound tracks drawn from Mills’ CDs, DVDs and soundtracks, ranging from the floating structure of ‘Perfecture’ off the ‘Metropolis’ EP, to the tense and furtive strings of ‘Deckard’ from the ‘Blade Runner’ EP, and dream-sequence ambient prisms such as ‘Sleepy Time’ and ‘Multi-Dimensional.’
On the 2nd part ‘Sound’ he rounds up a pointedly technoid, driving clutch of cuts taking in the almighty thrust of ‘The Bells’ along with the textured polyrhythmic swinge of ‘4Art’, plus his dramatic ‘Spiral Galaxy’, the Jamal Moss-compatible churn of ‘Jade’, and cryptic ancient-futurist drum code in ‘Spiral Therapy’ and ‘Flying Machines.’
Part 3 finishes up in ‘Space’ with some of Mills’ most abstract, cinematic astral probes. The ‘Introduction’ to his ‘Fantastic Voyage’ CD parts the way for previously unreleased gear in the tense detonations of ‘Mercury (Residue Mix)’, the iridescent shimmy of ‘Unreleased002’, and the dematerialised textures of ‘Outer Space’ and ‘Unreleased005’, along with killer, subbass-heavy styles in ‘Stabilising The Spin’, deep space romance in ‘Planet X’, and neck-craning avant-classical sound design in the grand staging of ‘Medians.’