Detroit’s multi instrumentalist Rafael Leafar and Jeff Mills join together to create a new album, ‘The Override Switch’.

Axis Records unveils a new album that combines the talent of two Detroit natives: The multi instrumentalist Rafael Leafar & Jeff Mills. The LP has been entitled ‘The Override Switch‘ and will be coming out on October 15, 2021 under the Axis label, and will be released in double vinyl and digital formats. Something that stands out about this album, is the concept behind the elaboration of it, that gives the control back to the musicians, and gives an unprecedented opportunity to develop a sound within an undisturbed environment, to push something representative of the 21st century. 

When listening to ‘The Override Switch‘, it’s easy to denote the great evolution of the fusion of Jazz or Classic with electronic music aka the ‘New Century Electronic Jazz’, especially when it’s made in Detroit. Jeff Mills has become the prophet of this evolution, only someone like him is capable of thinking about these concepts and making it happen. Give this album a chance, read the full story below. 

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Jeff Mills and Rafael Leafar

 
The Override Switch gives control back to the musicians. Unrestrained and unshackled by the semiotics placed by conventional dance music, it looks to a frontier beyond what is conditioned by genre. By infusing the mercurial elements of jazz, it gives electronic instruments the avenue that it always had the potential to travel down; as an unrestrictive genre, exploring the boundless possibilities in which it is capable. It looks to innovation and transcends what has come before; it is a switch in a practical sense, overlooking its past before switching to the future.

“The Override Switch reflects on the precise moment people decide in their minds that the only way to improve a situation is to act – to change the scenario and deal with the consequences as they develop to work for a better outcome”. – Jeff Mills

The album combines the talent of two Detroit natives: Jeff Mills and Rafael Leafar. The latter is a multi-instrumentalist with a strong affiliation to jazz music. His tastes and skills are malleable across a plethora of genres, taking influences from his father and sisters from a very early age. He honed his craft in Sterling Heights High School, DSA, Detroit Civic Jazz Orchestra, & The New School for Jazz. Later developing his music in New York, he has performed with Reggie Workman, Marcus Belgrave, Vincent Chandler, and Jeff Tain Watts. In 2016 he moved back to Detroit, where he met Mike Banks from Underground Resistance, and they began to experiment on music together. Through Mike Banks, he was introduced to Jeff Mills, where the idea for The Override Switch began to manifest.

The connection to Mills was evident from their roots, as Detroit musicians are engrained within musical development. Axis records and Jeff Mills have embarked on a journey through electronic music, amalgamating it with live instruments to develop the future of sound and genres. Previously, Mills has combined with the likes of Jean-Phi Dary, Tony Allen and Spiral Deluxe to indulge in an electronic jazz sound. However, The Override Switch gave an unprecedented opportunity to develop a sound within an undisturbed environment, to push something representative of the 21st century. It removed the microscope and fell into place naturally.

The album is a homage to artists like John Coltrane, J Dilla, Kraftwerk and those who inspire experimentation with what can be evoked through music. The track ‘The Sun King’ perfectly exemplifies this. It flows from the spirit; music pours out like the River Nile as it rises and descends its banks. It represents the day and potential it brings; how the light should be cherished and worshipped for its energy. The soul is encapsulated by the combination of percussions ensnared and buoyed by the enchanting, beguiling and immersive horns and flutes.

The Override Switch requires an attentive ear to muse over the propositions, challenges, and insights it presents. It asks for mind and soul as the listener should actively participate in the music. The album will be coming out on October 15, 2021 under the Axis label, and will be released in double vinyl and digital.

The Override Switch

Label: Axis Records
Artist: Jeff Mills & Rafael Leafar
Album Title: The Override Switch
Format: Vinyl, Digital
Release Date: October 15th, 2021
Cat. No. AX104
Distribution: NEWS, Axis
Domains: https://www.newsdistribution.be/
https://www.axisrecords.com/

Tracklist. (Digital Album)

01. Homage
02. The River Runs Five Ways
03. Infinite Voyage
04. Crashing
05. Soul Filter Buffet
06. The Sun King
07. Soul Filter (The Dancer)
08. Trigger Happy (With Safety Off)
09. Trigger Happy (With Safety On) (digital bonus)
10. Breaker Breaker One Ten (digital bonus)

Tracklist. (Vinyl)

A1 Homage
A2 The River Runs Five Ways
B1 Infinite Voyage
B2 Crashing
B3 Soul Filter Buffet
C The Sun King
D1 Soul Filter (The Dancer)
D2 Trigger Happy (With Safety Off)

Track Credits.

  1. Homage: Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Moog Matriarch Tenor Sax )
  2. The River Runs Five Ways: Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Alto & Bari Sax, Flute, Cornet, Yamaha CS)
  3. Infinite Voyage: Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Bass Flute, Bass Clarinet, Soprano & Tenor Sax, Moog Synth)
  4. Crashing: Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Flute, Bass Flute, Contra-Alto Clarinet, Alto Sax, Lryicon-Moog Synth)
  5. Soul Filter Buffet: Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Soprano Sax)
  6. The Sun King: Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Moog Sub 37, Yamaha CS, Oboe, Contra-Alto Clarinet, Flute)
  7. Soul Filter (The Dancer): Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Soprano Sax)
  8. Trigger Happy (Safety Off): Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Soprano & Double Soprano-Sopranino Saxes)
  9. Trigger Happy (Safety On): Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion)
  10. Breaker Breaker One Nine: Jeff Mills (Keyboards, electronic drums and percussion) / Rafael Leafar (Bass Clarinet, Wurlitzer, Moog Synths)

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