Millsart ‎– Mecca EP

Axis ‎– AX 004
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP

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© & P Millsart Music (BMI) 1993
Produced for Axis Records.

First pressing has a large center ring on label. Other pressings have a small center ring around the center hole.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): AX-004 SIDE B ☯ (NSC)


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September 23, 2017
Nearly 25 years later and Step to Enchantment is still explosive.


November 28, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Seeing as everyone is banging on about 'step to enchantment' I'd like to make the case for 'yantra' being the best track on this magical EP.
This track is one of those fantastic B12/Black Dog/Stasis type Techno tunes that is just otherworldly with its jazzy chord pattern and alien synth stabs, nice mid tempo percussion like a Latin space jam. 'inner self' is also a fantastic Detroit track.
Totally blissful Detroit specialness!


March 24, 2016
The best techno record of all time that's it end of


January 19, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

This is a rather elegant piece of techno. It stands really well on 2016.
Its a 10 out of 10.



August 28, 2014

stringent this stringent that ,dont forget


July 30, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
Step to Enchantment is one of the best techno tracks of all time. The bassline / riff is similar to the one from "In from the night" by Planetary Assault Systems; an equally good track


August 5, 2012

As trivial and redundant as it may sound, I reckon it's nearly impossible to fancy this thing we all refer to as techno and not drop a comment about the "Mecca EP"... Conveying feelings and thoughts into original and eloquent written testimonies is nearly impossible when one adverts to a release which is so unequivocally regarded as an integral part of the techno hall of fame. This release, along with a handful others, some of which would be Surgeon's "Magneze", Dave Clarke's "Red 2", Regis' "Montreal EP", Umek's "Gatex", Laurent Garnier's "The Man With The Red Face" and Mill's own "Kat Moda EP", is one of the most well sculptured and instantly recognizable offerings this genre is associated with.

Namely Step To Enchantment (Stringent), with its insisting riff to which the crowd ecstatically responds in less than two seconds! A track which appertains to techno history every bit as much as some major genre defining cuts such as Strings Of Life, Sonic Destroyer or Off To Battle. Pounding, unpolished TR-909 Drum Machine beats kicking the hell out of the vinyl grooves while getting ran over by menacing acid stabs. Nothing more nothing less. A text book example which set the standards and barely ever since found a match. It's stuff like the B side of this record which kept the feet tapping and the heads nodding on a global scale for almost two decades now, and after a single listen one can immediately see why.

The A side predates Jeff's excursions into sonic spheres of the universe, and his abstract output he'd ardently pursue later on in his career, mainly through his Axis flagship. It's melodic, evocative and meditative stuff which, despite a heavy lean towards the experimental maintains a magic and firm grip on the techno side of things. If for one time only, Jeff perfectly struck that gorgeous balance betweeen soul tearing and dance floor incinerating to sheer perfection.

The over emphasized, repetitve melodic snippet on Inner-Self is undilluted Detroit bliss, while the ambience of Yantra shows off soothing old school electronics hitting their mighty peak. The entire B side is mechanical dance floor devastation which cemented Jeff Mills' reputation as a techno icon while his career was still ascending. According to some, he only got better from here. From my perspective, it's not a matter of getting better or worse. What really fascinates me is that this five tracker sprawled his career in more directios than anyone could have anticipated back in 1993. Jeff Mills has since ventured into, and subsequently successfully covered the techno map from every possible angle, and excelled at it as well.

"Mecca EP" has been reprinted and repressed more times then I could be bothered to count, and is still a regular around the pressing plant associated with the Axis label, remaining available at their on-line shop. I would lie to you if I said how anything but getting this treasured piece of vinyl is compulsory. In the mind of one humble techno afficionado, this is the quintessential Jeff Mills release. Not everyone's favorite, and not the one which stood the tooth of time better than others, but a stop one must make if he wished to have a competent and insightful understanding of Mills' extensive and genre blurring opus.
Bottom line: this is a piece of techno history you will regret not having. Vintage, top shelf material. Just check with anyone who's been around the block a few times.


October 11, 2007
edited over 7 years ago

I'm not going to comment on the rest of the EP, because I've barely ever played any of the tracks, but Step To Enchantment (Stringent) is my favourite techno track of all time. I own three copies of this EP just for that track alone. Absolute raw techno power. The kick, the bassline, the hats, the break - everything sums up exactly what good quality techno music should be - hard and uncompromising but great for the dancefloor. Get two copies of it going doubled up and add a well placed scratch or two and watch what happens. This record is pure genius. If you are a lover of techno music and don't own this record you need to find a copy.


March 10, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Sorry to be shallow about this EP but "tune" on this EP is "Step To Enchantment (Stringent)", a blazin' slice of techno that tore up dancefloors all over and was always in my box whenevr I played out. Pretty much my top techno tune ever!

Jeff Mills is a master and it seems that everything he touches turns to gold, but this is something of a pinnacle for me, spanning the divide between some of his earlier, harder tunes (think X-103 and Waveforms Vol.1) and the housier stuff he did as Purposemaker, before pursuing and perfecting some of his more cerebral work. (The A side tracks on here sound a lot rougher than say those on "At First Sight") Although it's been caned by everyone on the techno scene, it still sounds fantastic at the right moment.


September 18, 2003

For the fourth release on his Axis label, Jeff Mills flavored his then-unique style of techno a bit with ideology. Etched into the inner groove of Mecca's A-side is the statement "Balance is the essential component," and a yin-yang symbol is etched into the B-side. Mills carries this rather simple ideology into his music, crafting a light and surreal A-side — featuring "Inner-self" and "Yantra" — with little to no pounding or banging bass lines. Then on the B-side, he lays down three tracks of rather hard-hitting aggressive techno with plenty of banging and pounding. "Step to Enchantment (Stringent)" especially stands as one of Mills' most DJ-friendly compositions, with its inescapable 909 drum kicks, rustling high-hat percussion, and the simple yet so catchy riff that has become a trademark similar to "The Bells." In terms of Mills' early Axis records, there are few that compare to Mecca in terms of both quality and utility; it has both atmospheric compositions and pumping dancefloor tracks, making it a useful record for any techno DJ creative enough to manipulate the juxtaposition.