Drexciya had – and continue to have – quite the cult following across their career as a Detroit techno/electro duo. Comprised of Gerald Donald and the late James Stinson (1969-2002), the mythos surrounding them preceded their individual identities. Their moniker, Drexciya, is based on their own invention and soundtracks to a race of “underwater dwellers descended from pregnant slave women thrown overboard during trans-Atlantic deportation” (RA). As another critic pointed out, liner notes from one of their EPs states that:
During the greatest Holocaust the world has ever known, pregnant America-bound African slaves were thrown overboard by the thousands during labour for being sick and disruptive cargo. Is it possible that they could have given birth at sea to babies that never needed air? Are Drexciyans water-breathing aquatically mutated descendents of those unfortunate victims of human greed?
Thus their music, being rooted in Detroit techno, pushes the spacey technological elements of the Detroit sound to the depths of the oceans rather than the far reaches of outer space and provides us with a soundtrack to an Afrofuturist vision of an undersea realm.
Harnessed the Storm, their second full length LP (2xLP), is highly listenable straight through on its own, although many may use it in the mix alongside other Detroit / Tresor style electro-tech singles… Just remember to note that while this was pressed for 33 1/3, side D probably works best at 45rpm!