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There are few acts in underground dance music who inspire as much reverence as the Detroit electro duo Drexciya. Their radically futuristic grooves were steeped in a mystery that was enhanced by their anti-mainstream anonymity and mythical identification with technologically advanced aquatic descendents of Africans who were jettisoned from slave ships crossing the Atlantic. Originally released in 2002, ‘Harnessed The Storm’ showcases some of the deepest and darkest material the duo ever committed to wax. Throughout you get the trademark crisp 808 grooves adorned with contorting analogue synth patterns that are by turns alien sounding, haunting, brooding, mesmerising…
All the tracks are pretty substantial and there’s not a single dud. Personal highlights include: ‘The Song Of The Green Whale’ with its exalted melody filtering in and out of the light over strange distant moans and morphing electronic ciphers; ‘Dr. Blowfin’s Black Storm Stabilizing Spheres’ with its driving technoid momentum, growling bass riff and ear-burrowing frequencies; and ‘The Plankton Organization’ and 'Aquatic Cataclysm' in all their infectious alienating abstract glory. Utterly superb.
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