Jeff Mills

From the 21st

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Much like Jeff Mills' several other CD releases in 2000 -- Every Dog Has Its Day, Metropolis, The Art of Connecting, and Lifelike -- From the 21st highlights the lighter side of his output. Rather than offer Purpose Maker-style dancefloor tracks of tribal percussion and pounding rhythms, the nearly dozen tracks here are more in line with Mills' Axis output: ambient Detroit techno that often seems quite experimental and often challenging -- moody thinking-man's techno surely intended for home listening rather than dancing. The album's visually stunning packaging and multiple-page Japanese liner notes reinforce this notion, providing this futuristic album with a suitably conceptual context.

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