Alternative mixes of old Drexciya favourites have been located, and since it would be a shame not to have the world hear them, Black Sea and Wavejumper’s Aqualung Versions have been pressed to vinyl. These mixes sound as future-slick as you could desire, and a third track, ‘Unknown Journey XI’ is added to sweeten the deal.
12" £10.99 CAL 004
Repress 12" on Clone Aqualung Series.
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‘Black Sea’ opened Drexciya’s classic 1995 ‘The Journey Home’ EP on Warp, and is presented here in an extended form. Other than the increased duration of about 16 seconds I’ve no idea how it differs from the original. It’s a pretty iconic track in the Drexciya catalogue and a very good general representation of their techno tracks-- A dancefloor banger with driving 909 kicks and deep fried crispy hi-hats and a riff that’s like some mutating underwater sonar signal. Except the track really doesn’t take the dark aggressive direction suggested by the the first minute or so, with the appearance of dreamy, melancholy keys retaining that soulful Detroit sound. Twenty years down the line it’s held up pretty well, as has much of the Drexciya material.
There’s a previously unreleased track ‘Unknown Journey XI’ which is just 1 minute 44 seconds of warped squelchy aquatic electro. In the absence of any new material I’ll happily take it although it’s more of a curio than some long hidden gem.
Then there’s ‘Wave Jumper’ also originally released in 1995 and appeared on the ‘Aquatic Invasion’ EP on Underground Resistance. This mix loses the apparently infamous skip on the original version so I’m convincing myself this reissue is justified. Again pure Drexciya magic on this one, a benchmark for proper sci-fi electro.
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