Would it surprise you to learn that Elektroworld by Elecktroids is electro? I hope not. The long sought after 1995 album has now been reissued on Clone Classic Cuts after decades in the Discogs wastes. Supposedly the work of Drexciya's Gerald Donald and James Stinson, this is an album of Kraftwerk inspired electro that is always assuredly Detroit.
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The collective prayers of fiends of all things Drexciyan have finally been answered, as Clone Classic Cuts reissue this 1995 album, originally released on Warp. Now finally available with an affordable price tag, it’s one that’s been high on many wants lists, and used copies have changed hands for silly money. I think it’s safe to say that this is the work of both Gerald Donald and James Stinson, although I don’t think that has ever been officially confirmed or denied. But just listening it’s pretty clear the music comes from the same place as Dopplereffekt, Glass Domain etc. Generally speaking, the Elecktroids sound is perhaps slightly cleaner and more pristine to that of their output as Drexciya and doesn’t have the same concept/mythology attached. It’s pretty explicitly influenced by the Kraftwerk man-machine blueprint/aesthetic with its fascination with the future and technology. Opener ‘Future Tone’ is good fun with its “welcome to the future” vocal, while ‘Perpetual Motion’ pretty much sounds like prime UR Drexciya. You can hear the seeds of Donald’s Japanese Telecom releases on Intuit-Solar and Gigolo on ‘Japanese Elecktronics’. I could waffle on, but much has been written already about this album elsewhere, and chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve been waiting years for this day to come and already know the score with the album. It is a classic - so many great tracks -- the influence still ripples today, and it has that unique Detroit magic, like the music of Model 500 et al. It carries an authenticity that can never be quite matched.
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