Jeff Mills and the Zanza 21 project is a new forthcoming creation that’s been self-constructing for quite some time. Not out in the open and easy to see, but it’s been evolving more in recent months through the imprint “Millsart” album releases and as an accumulation of ideas that are influences of Mills’ affection for Jazz Music as well as his constant appetite to creatively explore. The idea behind Zanza 21 is based on an old theory that “Music is most useful at the point when it touches the soul of the listener, until then, it’s just sound”. So, the main layer in the foundation starts there.
To begin, this is music with which one can live. It’s “everyday” music. The more you listen, the more you connect to it. It’s music for any time, anywhere and for any reason. A large part of this connection is based on comfort and how easy it is to understand so for this, the music had to have a certain level of clarity and organization. Second, playing instruments can have “human connection” qualities that are often misunderstood and overlooked, so the basis of Zanza 21 was to create music in a soloist mindset to demonstrate intent, not as a matter of coincidence. These are melodies and rhythms from the mind of the composer, not the machine. And third and most importantly, this music was created with the design in mind that it should connect to those who love music unconditionally.
In these first releases, all acoustic and electronic instruments are programmed and played by Jeff Mills, but an aspect of this project is that Zanza 21 is actually the initial vision for the creation of a live performance band. As this project evolves, so will the step process to materialize such an effort to its full potential.
Starting with this first debut 12” EP release of “When The Time Is Right” b/w “Something Like That”, please consider there is already a large body of existing compositions waiting to be dispensed: following by a second EP “Chin Tiki” to be released this Autumn.
You can listen to a snippet of “When The Time Is Right” here.