Drexciya – “Journey of The Deep Sea Dweller III” – [Clone Records]
The third compilation volume of re-released a Drexciya material, “Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller” focuses on the group’s work between 1992 and 1997. The group was staunchly against commercialization of techno and shunned mainstream media attention, maintaining high levels of secrecy and remaining completely anonymous throughout their recording career. Underground even by electronica and techno standards, Drexciya was active until 2002, when James Stinson passed away and identified posthumously as one of the members. Gerald Donald is supposedly the other member, who still records under a number of aliases, although this has not been proven. The group recorded underground Detroit techno, focused on 808 beats and synths with electro, acid and breakbeat influences. The group explored undersea and outerspace narratives with an undercurrent of Afrofuturism. “Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller” contains two previously unreleased tracks. It still sounds underground, if maybe a bit dated. This is a great piece of techno history from a legendary Detroit group some choice cuts.