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The (Future) History of Drexciya

posted by Chris Valentine

Drexciya

Drexciya was a Detroit techno/electro/ambient group from Detroit, Michigan, consisting of the late James Stinson and Gerald Donald.

Drexciya’s sound is centered around the TR-808, with bass, melodies, and synth textures ebbing and flowing in time. Anecdotes suggest that Stinson and Donald recorded tracks while playing the instruments live, making use of analog equipment and sequencing methods. Drexciya combined a faceless, underground, anti-mainstream media stance with mythological, sci-fi narratives. James Stinson and Gerald Donald remained hidden behind their alias for much of the group’s existence, communicating a complex personal mythology of a “Drexciyan” race of underwater dwellers (see below).

Drexciya – Myth

Their name referred to a myth comparable to Plato’s myth of Atlantis, which the group revealed in the sleeve notes to their 1997 album The Quest. “Drexciya” was an underwater country populated by the unborn children of pregnant African women thrown off of slave ships that had adapted to breathe underwater in their mother’s wombs. Within this fiction, their music was imagined as a “dimensional jumphole” between their black African roots and the contemporary USA.

Drexciya

Unfortunately, James Stinson died in September 2002 of a heart condition. Gerald Donald continues to produce under other names.

Drexciya Discography

James Stinson

James Stinson

Note: this is only a partial list. The complete discography can be found at Discogs

Drexciya released their first 12-inch single in 1992 (“Deep Sea Dweller“). Here’s Sea Snake:

Drexciya 2: Bubble Metropolis (1993)

Drexciya 5: The Journey Home (1995)

Neptune’s Lair (Album, 1999)

Hydro Doorways (2000)

Gerald Donald

Gerald Donald

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