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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/

  • Neptunes Lair
    Artist
    Drexciya
    ReleaseProduct
    Neptunes Lair
    Label
    Tresor Records
    Catalogue Number
    TRESOR10129D
    Release Date
    May 2010

    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
    Catalogue Number
    CCC005cd
    Release Date
    April 2007

    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
    Catalogue Number
    TRESOR270
    Release Date
    October 2014

    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
    Catalogue Number
    WARPCDD90
    Release Date
    September 2001

    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.

  • Wireless Internet
    Artist
    Arpanet
    ReleaseProduct
    Wireless Internet
    Label
    Record Makers
    Catalogue Number
    REC05
    Release Date
    July 2006

    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
    Catalogue Number
    CAL005
    Release Date
    May 2015

    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
    Catalogue Number
    CAL007
    Release Date
    September 2016

    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
    Catalogue Number
    CCC025
    Release Date
    December 2013

    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.

  • Mice or Cyborg (Clone Aqualung Series Re-issue)
    Artist
    Lab Rat XL
    ReleaseProduct
    Mice or Cyborg (Clone Aqualung Series Re-issue)
    Label
    Clone Aqualung Series
    Catalogue Number
    CAL011
    Release Date
    December 2017

    Lab Rat XL – Mice or Cyborg (Clone Aqualung Series Re-issue)

    So much music gets labelled 'timeless' and 'futuristic' these days, yet few records truly stand the test of time of a few months, let alone years. Enter Lab Rat XL's 2003 album Mice Or Cyborg, the last album of the series of the seven Drexciya Storms, and one of the most future-proofed records to ever grace our turntable. Mice Or Cyborg followed on from Shifted Phases The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope and Transllusion's L.I.F.E. to complete the seven storm cycle. Even after all these years, it's an utterly captivating, life-changing experience from start to finish, one of those albums that everyone and their mate should own a copy of.

    Upon its original incarnation, Mice Or Cyborg instantly stunned a generation of listeners with its jagged, angular electro sound. Little were we to know at the time what the future held, yet listening back now it's striking how melancholic the music feels, whether this is just us looking back with a glazed expression and history on our side or it was James Stinson laying clues for what laid ahead, we will never truly know.

    With vinyl copies of the original edition and 2008's repress increasingly hard to track down, Clone's excellent Aqualung series has succumbed to many of our wishes and issued this freshly cut press of the most daringly different collection of Detroit electro machine soul songs to vinyl once more.

    While you can spend days trawling the internet looking for information and clues that will try to unravel the mystery forever locked within the heart of these recordings, we'd suggest just bagging a copy as fast as you can and immersing yourself as deep as you can dive into the mind of this once in a lifetime music and musician.

    It's impossible to overstate the importance of Mice Or Cyborg, possibly the most important music to stem from the mind of the once in a lifetime truck driver, musician and guiding light artist from Detroit... James Marcel Stinson - RIP.

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