Jeff Mills ‎– Untitled

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Something In The Sky ‎– SITS 003
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
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Tracklist

A1 Residue
A2 Without A Sound
B1 Roswell
B2 No Trace

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  • Lacquer Cut ByCarl*

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): SITS 003 A Trutone Mastering NY Carl 3-10
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): SITS 003 B Trutone Mastering NY Carl 3-10

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maroko

maroko

January 26, 2011

In my opinion the best in this hit and miss series thus far. Residue is a surprising, chilly off-beat thumper which sounds like the approach of a subterranean tracked human hunting vehicle determined to penetrate the earth’s surface and scoop up a few of our kind for breakfast…
Without A Sound is an amazing underwater minimal ticker, a soundtrack to a hidden submarine’s high tech radar catching enemy troops off guard. Without a sound, obviously. Listen to it loud on a high end sound system and check out the amazing sound profundity and density contained within, behind the prominent sonar bleeps, which can mislead upon the initial listens and unjustly present the track as simple.
Now my favorite track in the entire series thus far, together with What Was It from SITS 001. Futuristic techno of the highest order where the percussion is secondary, while abstract, orchestral, organ like effects are emphasized, picking up in volume as they narrow in from the background and then create that "take off!" sensation before disappearing again. Not really club friendly I’d say, but the awkward and unorthodox synth work is mind blowing despite the apparently repetitive nature of the track.
No Trace is the perfect example of why the Something In The Sky series began to lose its initial charm, and began to bore me after a while. It’s a very stripped down, four minutes beatless pulse where a single, trite sound fragment is on repeat – start to finish. God almighty knows I don’t mind minimal or experimental techno, but with a track like this one, your options are extremely limited, and your patience is put to the ultimate test. A graduation exam if you will. When taking into consideration the quality of the previous three tracks, I don’t think I’ve listened to this one in its entirety more than three times, primarily because there is nothing to hear. Sorry Jeff, but this seriously sounds like you played a whack loop on repeat in order to fill some space.
Overall, a very good EP with Mills’ space age style, recommended to fans "The good robot EP", "The defender" and his last two albums "Sleeper wakes" and "The occurrence".