What better way to kick off African History Month than with a techno set by the one and only Jeff Mills. This Detroit legend has been mesmerizing tech headz for over 20 years (and counting). Mills was also part of Underground Resistance, with fellow Detroitians Mad Mike Banks and Robert Hood. They were famous for appearing in public dressed in ski masks and black combat suits, as part of their anti-establishment stance. The rebellious trio formed their eponymous label in the late 80’s and produced a slew of militant techno EPs, which are now considered collectors items. To this day, Jeff Mills continues to tour extensively (mainly in Europe, USA and Japan) and collaborate on various musical projects, most notably with Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009.
There are tons of amazing clips of Jeff in action, but I chose this particular one because hands down, it is one of the best sets I have ever heard. I especially love the synth overlay in the second minute, as it’s demonstrative of that classic, Detroit sound, accentuated by a soulfully abstract vocal loop. And of course, Mills is mixing the shit out of his records on 2-3 turntables (vinyl people, no DJ Laptop bizness going on here). What can I say?? Mills got skills!!! This clip features Jeff performing live at the Saitama Arena in Japan, 2002. The extended version of this set is available on youtube, but seeing how many of you have short attention spans, I’ve re-posted this 10 minuter. Fire away!
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