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Monday 2 December 2019

Monday's Long Song

In 2002 Drexciya released Grava 4, yet another inventive and adventurous album from the Detroit duo. Sparse electro, spacey techno and their slavery/science fiction back story in one perfectly realised package. The albums eight tracks culminate in the swansong Astronomical Guidepost, a lengthy, slightly forlorn piece of techno that also points to a way out. The drum machine rattles away, electronic arpeggios come and go, synths buzz and occasionally a voice interrupts to say 'use the star chart to fix the celestial navigation point, from there you should be able to plot your way back to Earth'.

Astronomical Guidepost

Gerald Donald and James Stinson had a detailed and highly politicised background- their four albums plot out the story of pregnant slaves who were thrown overboard from Atlantic slave ships. Their children evolved to live underwater in a place called Drexciya. They later expanded this- the Africans kidnapped as slaves who became the Drexciyans were originally from Ociya Snydor, a planet deep in the outer space, 700 million light years away from Earth. Stinson died in 2002 and Donald doesn't talk much about Drexciya so the albums and the highly charged political legend are all that remain- dark Detroit electro/techno that had its feet on the dancefloor and its eyes on the US's history of slavery.


Walter said...

Another song that is new to me but I really like this kind of spaced out techno based sound. This is another gift and inspiration you gave to me. Thanks for it Adam

The Swede said...

Good stuff, but am I the only one that found the tune more than a little unsettling?

Swiss Adam said...

The whole album is a bit unsettling Swede. Not easy listening.