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Detroit, United States

Drexciya were a mysterious unit from Detroit, Michigan. The late James Stinson was the only officially identified member of Drexciya, but it was considered an open secret that he had a partner, Gerald Donald.

The majority of Drexciya’s releases were in the style of harsh, dancefloor oriented Electro, punctuated with elements of retro, 1980s , with occasional excursions into the and genres.

Drexciya combined a faceless, underground, anti-mainstream media stance with mythological, sci-fi narratives, to help heighten the dramatic effect of their music. In this respect they were similar to artists within and close to the Detroit collective Underground Resistance.

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.

Reports of Drexciya’s disbanding in 1997 were contradicted two years later when a new Drexciya track appeared on the Underground Resistance compilation Interstellar Fugitives, followed by three more Drexciya albums.

Although both members of Drexciya remained completely anonymous throughout their active recording career, James Stinson was identified posthumously in 2002.

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  • intavent

    new picture uploaded, vote up!

    27 Apr 8:38pm Reply
  • Ezkarpy

    Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller series are good to go with

    24 Apr 3:13pm Reply
  • lennford

    Where do I start with Drexciya? I loved Dopplereffekt and Der Zyklus to death back in the days

    3 Apr 3:26pm Reply
  • Dimension5

    Brilliant comment Tholral, i agree with you tottaly :)

    17 Feb 12:08am Reply
  • Tholral

    I'm becoming increasingly fanatical about this group and the mystery that surrounds them. I don't think anyone will ever surpass their music. The west has completely neglected the African music tradition but these guys merged the old beats with new instrumentation to create something completely new. Technoanimism is the closest word I can find to describe their sound. Machines, but not soulless. Sometimes I wonder if the meat that builds the factories has less life in it than the things it manufactures. Your iDevice is beyond good or evil and does only what it was meant to do, it is blameless. We possess the capacity to create beauty and do nothing with it, preferring instead to snuff out life-potential and pursue vulgar self-indulgence. The fact that we can do good, but do not is ultimately what makes humans so vile. Drexciya breathed life into their obedient machines and created beautiful forms, as any wise creator does.

    16 Feb 10:09pm Reply
  • Dimension5

    James Stinson was genius, his music will live forever

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • thispastweek

    so ahead of their time

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • achromes

    dayum

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • IvanTank

    So

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • IvanTank

    much

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • IvanTank

    moon.

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mrgypsum

    why not

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • HeadShoteR

    Why do I like this so much. Just why. It doesn't make any sense.

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • LEkONe

    http://www.last.fm/music/catchers+of+mad+wreck

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Gynotype

    terror from the deep

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Asmodeus1988

    This

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Asmodeus1988

    species

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Asmodeus1988

    is

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Asmodeus1988

    socially

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Asmodeus1988

    and

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