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Drexciya Guide

Drexciya Guide

Drexciya Research Lab presents a guide to the music of James Stinson and Gerald Donald.

James Stinson (1969-2002) and Gerald Donald aka Heinrich Mueller, the two formerly unknown producers behind Drexciya, have amassed a large and perhaps daunting discography since the early 90s. With Drexciya they were also creating a sophisticated sonic fiction through their music, song titles and artwork. Both their music and mythology very much lives on, continuing to capture the ears and imaginations of new fans.

Drexciya Research Lab created a chronological guide to a choice selection of what is currently available of their work through Bleep.

http://drexciyaresearchlab.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Elektroworld
    Artist
    Elecktroids
    ReleaseProduct
    Elektroworld
    Label
    Warp
    Cat. No.
    WARPCDD35
    Release Date
    August 1995
    11 Tracks DL DL

    Elecktroids – Elektroworld

    The four young sons of an electrician, known simply as the Elecktroids, have welded together their debut album', this was how the press release introduced this mysterious one-off group's 'personal tribute to those well known pioneers of the electro disco beat: Kraftwerk'. If you hadn't already guessed who was really behind this still so fresh and fun sounding electro pop classic then the secret bonus track would give the game away 4 years later when it would turn up on Drexciya's Neptune's Lair album. This was also the first album involving the members of Drexciya.

  • Neptunes Lair
    Artist
    Drexciya
    ReleaseProduct
    Neptunes Lair
    Label
    Tresor Records
    Cat. No.
    TRESOR10129D
    Release Date
    May 2010
    21 Tracks DL DL

    Drexciya – Neptunes Lair

    Drexciya's triumphant return after a 4-5 year production break due to the ill health of James Stinson. A whole new generation of fans would discover them through this album, their first release for Germany's Tresor. It's a mysterious and challenging album in many ways, showcasing their raw and live in the studio analogue approach with an equal share of tracks with light, darkness and confusion. With a generous 21 selections on the CD, this is a deep journey into the very heart and soul of Drexciya.

  • Gesamtkunstwerk
    Artist
    Dopplereffekt
    ReleaseProduct
    Gesamtkunstwerk
    Label
    Clone
    Cat. No.
    CCC005cd
    Release Date
    April 2007
    17 Tracks DL DL

    Dopplereffekt – Gesamtkunstwerk

    Gerald Donald aka Heinrich Mueller, had also been following his own particular vision under the name Dopplereffekt since 1994 with collaborator Kim Karli. Their brand of stark and ultra minimal electro, but still delivered with a sense of humour, would have a huge but delayed influence on so many electronic artists, right up to today. This compilation captures their first 3 peerless releases that they originally released on their own label, Dataphysix.

  • The Opening of the Cerebral Gate
    Artist
    Transllusion (Drexciya)
    ReleaseProduct
    The Opening of the Cerebral Gate
    Label
    Tresor Records
    Cat. No.
    TRESOR270
    Release Date
    October 2014
    12 Tracks DL DL

    Transllusion (Drexciya) – The Opening of the Cerebral Gate

    Released during the chaos and confusion of Drexciya's Storm Series, where they would discard and replace their name with a series of substitutes over 7 albums in 1 year. The genre-less and alien sounding music you find on this album is still very dance-able, truly music designed for the head and feet.

  • Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café
    Artist
    The Other People Place
    ReleaseProduct
    Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café
    Label
    Warp
    Cat. No.
    WARPCDD90
    Release Date
    September 2001
    8 Tracks VL DL DL

    The Other People Place – Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café

    Also from Drexciya's Storm Series, this is quite possibly the most soulful and emotional (and only vocal led) of their albums. This album revealed a whole new side to them and has become a huge favourite amongst fans, yet another timeless classic.

  • Mice or Cyborg
    Artist
    Lab Rat XL (Drexciya)
    ReleaseProduct
    Mice or Cyborg
    Label
    Clone
    Cat. No.
    C31
    Release Date
    January 2009
    6 Tracks DL

    Lab Rat XL (Drexciya) – Mice or Cyborg

    Released just after James Stinson died so tragically at just 33, in fact he had yet to title this last batch of tracks. Thankfully this epic album found a double vinyl home to spread out on with Clone Records. While the twisted and turning production of these 6 tracks might forever elude understanding, you will find it easier to surrender to the groove of this sonic experiment.

  • Wireless Internet
    Artist
    Arpanet
    ReleaseProduct
    Wireless Internet
    Label
    Record Makers
    Cat. No.
    REC05
    Price
    $9.99
    Release Date
    July 2006
    9 Tracks DL

    Arpanet – Wireless Internet

    Following on to some degree from Dopplereffekt's template, this album for French label Record Makers, is one of Gerald Donald's real hidden gems. It still sparkles, sounding like it was made just yesterday or will be tomorrow. Here he is revelling in some of his signature sounds (for the last time), just when other producers were beginning to catch up with him.

  • Biometry
    Artist
    Der Zyklus
    ReleaseProduct
    Biometry
    Label
    Clone Aqualung Series
    Cat. No.
    CAL005
    Release Date
    May 2015
    11 Tracks DL DL

    Der Zyklus – Biometry

    This and the previous years Dopplereffekt album, Linear Accelerator, was the point where Heinrich Mueller surprised everyone by a sudden and extreme evolution in his music, into much more experimental (for want of a better word) territory. Biometry appears to be a dystopian themed album with music to match, with strangely disjointed rhythms, truly music from a parallel dimension. Overtime his new music has turned out to be a real grower in the best sense and this album in particular has revealed its own logic and magic over the years. When was the last time music really challenged you?

  • Paranormale Aktivitat
    Artist
    Zwischenwelt
    ReleaseProduct
    Paranormale Aktivitat
    Label
    Clone Aqualung Series
    Cat. No.
    CAL007
    Release Date
    September 2016
    12 Tracks DL DL

    Zwischenwelt – Paranormale Aktivitat

    Heinrich Mueller started a habit of collaboration with new artists in the mid 2000s, using the Internet to collaborate and reach his fans. This icy cold wave masterpiece was the result of one such grouping with Beta Evers, Penelope Martin and Susana Correia. Many of the tracks here are vocal led and made for an intense, focused and strong collection.

  • Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller IV
    Artist
    Drexciya
    ReleaseProduct
    Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller IV
    Label
    Clone Classic Cuts
    Cat. No.
    CCC025
    Release Date
    December 2013
    16 Tracks DL DL

    Drexciya – Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller IV

    Clone's Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller series was a newly mastered 4 volume series of Drexciya's early and unreleased music, mostly for Detroit's Underground Resistance label. This was the moment when everything came round again, reaching new and old fans and making new connections with their later releases. If I have to pick just one I would go for the final compilation in the series as it has the most unreleased material as well as some early classics.

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