Millsart ‎– Humana

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With
Gamma Player
Childhood (Maria's Mix)
Loop#1
Untitled
Untitled

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AX-12 Millsart Humana(12") Axis AX-12 US 1995 Sell This Version
AX-12 Millsart Humana(12", W/Lbl) Axis AX-12 US 1995 Sell This Version

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filipvdd

filipvdd

January 8, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Humana, 12", AX-12
My favorite song is still Gamma Player , I heard it in England for the first time in 1994 on the radio program of techno dj Colin Dale and that record remained ! I've been been inspired of it to create the track Waterworld in 1997 ( Gigolo Records 2000 ) link http://www.discogs.com/Valium-Art-Of-Misdirection/master/17348
baj

baj

January 8, 2015
referencing Humana, 12", AX-12

So, dear Lord, here we are about 20 years, TWO DECADES, after the release of this gem. I remember passing it up in the store for several years. I did the same with a number of now pricey and sought after "classics". Funny, I thought I was so cool! Ugh. Youth is wasted on the young after all ;) But anyway.... I just now, finally, bought a nice copy to cherish and to pass on.

I think people in 30 years might finally be praising people like Jeff Mills for just pushing us all forward. A recent video interview with Jeff went viral because he was saying he wanted to dedicate himself completely to sharing music that was nonetheless as little about sharing as possible, actually all about his own vision and sound. He was quoted as saying "I don't care about the audience", which got everyone atwitter. But the subtler point he was making is that he is all about focusing on staying with his inner voice as much as possible, continuing to hear it build it and share it, with as little attention as possible to how it will be received. Basically, a declaration of artistic independence.

Hasn't he always had this sensibility, though? If not, we would have never had a record like this. A record that, listening 20 years later, is proof that some music is just simply far ahead if its time. I think I even enjoy a nuanced record like this more now anyway, as a more mature person. Jeff continues to inspire today and this record explains a lot about why.
jim-bar

jim-bar

September 7, 2014
referencing Humana, 12", AX-12
this might be the best Millsart till now
TimeIsoldsome

TimeIsoldsome

February 5, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Humana, 12", W/Lbl, AX-12
Lots been said about this EP (but I just wanted to add), - Heck, I adore this 12" it contains my favourite pieces of work by Jeff Mills. From the wind chime ambience of 'Childhood (Maria's Mix) to the stripped down funk of Gamma Player, I just wish 'With' was longer. To me this is Jeff at his deepest and best and it was a game changer.
inpHilltr8r

inpHilltr8r

March 1, 2013
referencing Humana, 12", AX-12
I think B2 now has a name. Sequence calls it "The New Arrivals".
jcgnyc

jcgnyc

November 5, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Humana, 12", AX-12

There was my life before "Gamma Player" in '94/'95?... and the life after.
Jeff Mills is a master architect.
This is a song that should be shared often.
maroko

maroko

May 24, 2009
referencing Humana, 12", AX-12

Apart the obvious classics released on side A (and numerous other Mills compilations and albums): With, Gamma Player and Childhood (Maria's Mix), the real treasure remains buried on the flip side. After a pretty heavy loop comes an eight minute plus piece of pure orchestral, symphonic, science fiction cinematography reminiscent music. Jeff not only does avoid conceiveing something club friendly, he walks a completely different path when compared to the previous tracks. He manipulates chords and strings, creating a really galactic and far reaching soundscape during the track's first half. He then breaks it down towards the middle, and rebuilds the music back up with a classical instrument sequence on repeat, thus creating an incredibly hypnotic journey into the deepest realms of space he has ever ventured into exploring. By the time the music's over, you'll hardly know what just happenned to you. Whoever said techno was harsh and mechanical needs two copies of this. Mills actually creates a full blown, forward thinking classic without a slightest glimpse of banging, four to the floor percussion. Awesome! The B3 track is more along the lines of the A side, Gamma Player for example, with a few layers keeping it busy atop pulsating, yet not too agressive drum rolls.
Regardless of the fact I haven't been that much of a dedicated Mills follower for the past few years, stuff like this just keeps on reminding me why did we all look up to him so much and praise sky high virtually every new release he came out with! What a classic EP!
rossa

rossa

September 27, 2003
referencing Humana, 12", AX-12
As a friend of mine says this EP has everything - sublime minimal techno , soundscapes , a loop . My first Jeff Mills record . The beauty of this music really grows stronger every time I hear it . Music of a mind which looks deep into space . Classic!