Album Review: Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller, Vol. 1 by Drexciya
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Few acts can boast mythology as rich as Drexciya. Right from their very first record (1992's Deep Sea Dweller) Gerald Donald and James Stinson showed a fascination for all things aquatic. Over the years, this theme grew more and more elaborate. Eventually, the duo introduced us to the Drexciyans, a technologically advanced race inhabiting the deep-sea, direct descendants of pregnant Africans thrown overboard from slave transports en route to America.
Forget James Cameron and his $200 million budget: Equipped only with outdated Japanese electronics, Drexciya were the true masters of the deep. From 1992 until 2002, the mysterious electro outfit created not only some of Detroit's most original and enduring electronic music; they created an entire imaginary world, one of the greatest myth systems in the history of techno. A new compilation of the group's work, the first in a planned four-volume anthology put out by Rotterdam's Clone label, serves as a crucial introduction to Drexciya's worldview as well as, of course, their music.