Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Lab Rat XL reissue on Clone Aqualung and more


Clone Aqualung will be reissuing Lab Rat XL's album, Mice Or Cyborg (2003). It will be available again on double vinyl in December. This was part of Drexciya's Storm Series and was last re-pressed in 2008 and on vinyl is currently selling for about €80. This is great news, hopefully the reissues will continue.

There is a new Dopplereffekt live date for Berlin on 11th November. They also have a new show confirmed for Barcelona, Spain on 18th November and in Athens, Greece on 10th November.

The US Hip-Hop group, Clipping.have made an amazing tribute to Drexciya and their mythology, 'The Deep'. The track was originally created for This American Life episode #623, 'We Are In The Future' about Afrofuturism, which was recently broadcast on US National Public Radio. The track can be downloaded and is set for a release on Sub Pop soon.



I've made this graphic to show how Drexciya's music spread from US to European labels. This is one of the many topics Richard Be and I will be talking about at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin on 25th November. This event is part of The Ocean After Nature exhibition and is now sold out but details are here. Dopplereffekt play live as well! At the same venue on 12th October there will be a screening of Hydra Decapita (2010) by The Otolith Group. This will be followed by a discussion led by the artist Dennis McNulty.

The Black Atlantic, the oceanic site where the trans-Atlantic slave trade produced a black identity regarding an African diaspora, is central to all music, persona and production of the elusive Detroit techno producers Drexciya. This film scrutinises the subjects of slavery, global finance, capitalism and climate change.

This is a link to a video I've made of 3 radio interviews where I've isolated the part about Drexciya for your convenience and for archival purposes. The first section is very revealing and comes from an interview with Adult. by Bass Agenda from 2017, next is an interview with the curator of The Ocean After Nature, Alaina Claire Feldman and the last is from a show about Afrofuturism on This American Life episode #623. They all happen to be from an American perspective, hopefully I can compile more of these in the future. 

Serge from Clone Records drops a secret here about Dopplereffekt that all "electro freaks" know anyway (from 8 mins). This is a brilliant show about Dutch Electro from 2003, which surprisingly comes from MTV, broadcasting from a parallel dimension or just Norway!

This is a link to a new Drexciya radio mix from France. There are also two mixes by Jim McCormack, both 2 hour long, of Drexciya. Part 1 and Part 2.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Dopplereffekt live in Dublin and more


To tie-in with Drexciya's inclusion in The Ocean After Nature exhibition at Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery, Dopplereffekt will be playing a live performance there on Saturday 25th November. This very special and fully seated event begins with a talk about Drexciya by myself and Richard Brophy aka Richard Be (First Cut), one of the few journalists to have interviewed James Stinson twice. There will also be a performance by the artist and musician Sharon Phelan. You can see the very 2001: A Space Odyssey gallery performance space in image below. More details, including where to book tickets (be warned there is a limited capacity) are to be announced on Wed 10th October on the Facebook event link. Its been a long 9 years since Dopplereffekt have played in Dublin (although Arpanet did play there in 2013).

Dopplereffekt will be playing at this Afrofuturism event (9th-12th Nov) in Athens, Greece on a bill that includes Sun Ra Arkestra, Actress and A Guy Called Gerald and many more. Abdul Haqq, who did Drexciya's Neptune's Lair artwork, is also listed as a guest speaker. If you can get to this event, go.


Drexciya are the subject of this art/discussion/music event in Dortmund, Germany on 27th October. It looks like a really interesting programme and is part of a wider festival, Afro-Tech. More details below.

'The Afro-Tech exhibition contains numerous albums by Drexciya as well as two related art pieces. As part of the festival week, the Drexciya myth will come alive during a special club night: A live DJ set by Lamin Fofana will provide the soundtrack to a short film by Yvonne Wilhelm, in which the German media artist interweaves Drexciya's artistic narrative with her own mother's migrant history. The DJ and media scientist Dash a.k.a. Steffen Korthals revisits the story of the band by means of texts, images and live record samples in a lecture that widens the perspective to Detroit and the techno scene while charting the band's influence on other artists, past and present. His contribution will be followed by a conversation between Lamin Fofana and the performance artist Zen Jefferson about the importance of Drexciya for their own work...The events in the context of the Afro-Tech Fest will be held in English. Free admission to all events that are part of the Afro-Tech Fest!'


You can watch Dopplereffekt's entire recent performance at Boiler Room in Bogota, Colombia at this Facebook  link. You willhave to search for their video, which is excellent and the audio is pretty decent too, with loads of unreleased stuff. I'm not sure how long this video will stay up so grab it while you can. DJ Stingray played next and he opened with Drexciya's 'Cascading Celestial Giants' from Grava 4.

This is a very professional video of Dopplereffekt live at Scopitone in Nantes, France recently. Looking and sounding very good.

Monday, September 25, 2017

New Heinrich Mueller/Beta Evers track, live dates and tributes

'Innerhalb Der Zeit' is a new collaborative track from Heinrich Mueller and Beta Evers (Zwischenwelt/Gedankenexperiment). It is included on a split 12" between Beta Evers and Spatial Relation on the Peripheral Minimal label. You can listen and buy the download at this link. The vinyl is limited to 300 copies and is out now.
The track is pure ice! I found the following review of it, "The side ends with the even gloomier "Innerhalb Der Zeit", a beat-less piece of hazy and slightly disturbing music, featuring Heinrich Müller from Dopplereffekt and sang by Brigitte, completely in German."
"I wanted to create something that showed my massive love for their work," said the Dutch producer, real name Vincent Koreman. "I wanted to imagine what would happen after the underwater race would reconquer Earth." Drvg Cvltvre have an upcoming Drexciya inspired EP, details here.
Dopplereffekt will be making their live debut in South America on 28th September when they play Bogota, Colombia at Boiler Room. DJ Stingray is also on the bill too, details here
I think its been a good few years since Dopplerefekt have played in Norway. Norwegian fans will be happy to hear they are appearing at the Insomnia festival in Tromsø, which runs from 26th to 28th October.
Arpanet will playing live in London on 13th October. Support comes from Intergalactic Gary and the great Alex Downey. Looks like a good night.
If you are missing Zerkalo, Victoria Lukas now has a new project, SVYAZ, with Christoph De Babalon. There are two brilliant tracks to listen to at this link.
I was sent a link for a new James Stinson/Drexciya tribute page, made by an Italian fan, Andrea Benedetti. Check it out!

This is a recent tribute mix to James Stinson/Drexciya by Nitetrax to mark the 15th anniversary. Well worth a listen. 


Radio Red in Puerto Rico have uploaded a new mix show with various tracks from Drexciya's Storm Series.


This DJ mix is from a few years ago, it's made up of just the The Other People Place album tracks. It was made by CPSmith, producer and label boss of Sheffield's Central Processing Unit label.

Friday, August 25, 2017

James Stinson Tribute Events, RubaDub Archive and more


There are now 5 confirmed James Stinson/Drexciya tribute nights. There is one in  London on 2nd Sept, Manchester on 2nd Sept, Rome on 2nd Sept, on 4th Sept an online radio show, Teknology based in Detroit, one in Birmingham on 7th and one in Dublin on 8th Sept. I've edited together a video that might be useful to project as visuals in case anyone wants to use it. This year will be his 15th anniversary and fans have taken it on themselves to do something to mark this. I hope they all go well and if you can't get to go to one maybe just listen or share some of his music instead.

There is a new Dopplereffekt live show announced for 28th October in Manchester, England.


Das Heise Experiment 2 - The Prequel by The Exaltics has shipped. Heinrich Mueller, under his Rudolf Klorzeiger alias, collaborated on one of the tracks. The picture disc is limited to 500 copies and is sold out on Bandcamp but in early September copies will also be availble in stores. You can still order the digital album and listen to samples at this link.

The Ocean After Nature touring art exhibition, which features artefacts of Drexciya alongside work by The Otolith Group and many more reaches Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane in early September. On 6th September at 5pm there will be a talk by its curator Alaina Claire Feldman followed by its opening reception. The show runs until 7th January 2018. 

I've been kindly sent some images from the RubaDub/Club 69 archives. The first image is a very rare poster from Underground Resistance's Interstellar Fugitives tour, which only touched down in Paisley and London in November 1998. The second image, an adapted piece of Drexciya insert artwork, served as the ticket for the night. I don't think they have been shared online before. The poster was designed by Mad Mike himself.




Also originating from the same archives, on an Instagram account of Mark from RubaDub, I've previously shared this Drexciya Q&A from Energy Flash zine from 1996 on DRL before, but this is the first time I've seen the original pages.






Friday, August 04, 2017

The Other People Place article, Music For The Other People Place and more


This is an excellent and extensive piece by Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy about The Other People Place's Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe. Some interesting interviewees (including me) and the story behind the $25,000 copy on Discogs, its iconic artwork and more. The article has been up since February but I only saw it.

A new live show has been announced for Dopplereffekt in Hamburg, Germany on 18th August.

There is a very exciting new project and concept, Music For The Other People Place, from Fundamental Records. Inspired by the spirit of James Stinson, you can read all about it at this link and sample some of the forthcoming music. Fundamental always do amazing projects so I'm sure this one will be very special too.

'This project is also a tribute to the legendary James Stinson, an artist who was blessed with the gift of creating with a mind that was completely free from prejudices. He took his music beyond the imaginable. Beyond any name, label or genre. This is why we chose this name for the project. However, as fans who have nothing but admiration and respect for the legacy of James Stinson, do not expect this project to be a collection of Drexciya style works. This tribute has to be understood simply as an homage to someone who fought for creative freedom in each of his works.'

You can listen to the new NRSB-11 track, 'Nationalised', from Kern Vol. 4 on Tresor, which was selected and mixed by DJ Stingray 313. Previously this has been a collaborative project involving DJ Stingray, Heinrich Mueller, Penelope Martin and others (not sure of current lineup but guess Stingray and Mueller are still involved). Their debut album, Commodified (2013) on WeMe is well worth hearing too.

This radio show is the first of the James Stinson 15th anniversary events to be confirmed. I'm aware of 3 others in the works and will share them once they are finalised. If anyone is interested in doing a small tribute/celebration of James Stinson/Drexciya in a bar, club or online on or around the 3rd of September I will be happy to share.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Jack Peoples, James Stinson 15th anniversary and more


I'm guessing many of you by now will have received the Jack People's EP, Laptop Cafe, on Clone Aqualung. I'm loving hearing these new sounds from James Stinson 15 years after he died. Sleeve and label info is ultra minimal, track titles are just 'Song 01' etc but it's nice to know the cover artwork was done by one of his daughters. According to Discogs there is also a clear blue vinyl edition.

As this year is such a significant anniversary I'm floating the idea that perhaps fans around the world might want to celebrate his life with a night of his music or whatever you think would be appropriate. It doesn't have to be big, just something in a bar or club on or close to 3rd September. If anyone wants to organise such an event please let me know and I will be happy to share it here and on the DRL FB page.

There is a new collaborative track, '00045.00.2.6', between The Exaltics and Rudolf Klorzeiger aka Gerald Donald on a new album by them called Das Heise Experiment 2 - The Prequel. You can listen to samples at Soundcloud and pre-order it at Bandcamp.

There is 17 minutes of Arpanet live at the Terraforma festival, Italy from 24th June 2017. It seems to be from the sound desk so it's pretty good quality. It's mostly unreleased material so grab this one from NTS while it's still available.

A new Dopplereffekt live show has just been announced. They are on the bill for the opening event of the Present Perfect festival in St. Petersburg, Russia on 28th July. Actress and Clock DVA are also in the line-up, pretty cool show.

This is a live video of a new track by Dopplereffekt from a festival they played in Beijing, China about 6 weeks ago. The track reminds me of Black Replica and appears to have a female vocal sample, it's really nice. I also found this video overview of Sonar 2017, you can catch 30 seconds worth of Dopplereffekt live at the 6min 18sec mark. Looks good and sounds like a new female led vocal track.

DJ Stingray has mixed Kern Vol. 4 on Tresor which features tracks by Drexciya, Dopplereffekt, NRSB-11 and many more, available here.

“I was sitting there and thinking, ‘What am I doing here? I’m actually doing a deal while fishing! It’s like fishing for Drexciya or something!”

According to the RBMA article by Mike Rubin, in the late 90s Carola Stoiber of Tresor was taken by James Stinson to Detroit’s Belle Isle Park for an afternoon of fishing. Sounds like the kind of place he would have hung out at, there is even an aquarium there.

This is a link to yet another new Drexciya tribute mix, this time from Radio Interferencia. Fan mixes of the music of Drexciya and or Heinrich Mueller have by now become something of an online phenomena. When I search for Drexciya now in Mixcloud for example I do wonder which other artist has more and that is just one host! Even I've made one!

One of the more surprising new pieces of information about Drexciya from the RBMA article by Mike Rubin was that the Shifted Phases album, The Cosmic Memoirs of the Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthorpe (2002), was produced by Gerald Donald and given as a wedding present to James Stinson (he must have gotten married in 2001?). This is according to Carola Stoiber of Tresor. I guess if this is true, perhaps Stinson only came up with the titles and concept. We will never know for sure how it all came together but it's interesting to listen to these tracks in this different light and illustrates just how musically similar and interchangeable they could be. Drexciya were never about the personalities behind it anyway so it's not that important.

“I know they had rented a hall on Gratiot,” says Banks. “It was shaping up to be the after-party of the year, but they pulled no permits and the cops showed up. That’s about as close to a Drexciya live show that ever happened.”

I also learned from the article that they had planned to make their live debut with Dopplereffekt and Ultradyne at an after party show during the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2001. It looks like they had no permit to have the show and the Police must had heard about it and closed it down earlier in the day. This must be a contender for the best show that never happened! I found a link for DEMF 2001 and it does say, "rumor has it that Drexciya will make its live debut alongside Dopplereffekt and Ultradyne."

Dopplereffekt and Ultradyne playing live during the Dekmantel festival in Amsterdam, Holland. Dopplereffekt play on Thursday 3rd August and Ultradyne are on Sunday the 6th. They would even make one hell of a double bill. This is a rare live show from Ultradyne these days and they do put on an amazing show. Staying on an Ultradyne tip, here's one for you to think about, why would they be playing Transllusion's 'Crossing Into The Mental Astroplane' from The Opening of the Cerebral Gate album at this live show from 2007. It doesn't appear to be a DJ set as another video I link in comments from the same gig shows they are playing live. Perhaps they collaborated on just this track or the whole album?

“The idea that an artist probably in her early 20s clearly had come to Drexciya by her own path and had come up with this kind of artistic rendition complete with maps and place names was very striking to me. It’s just a small example of how they continue to impact artists of all kinds in very unexpected ways. I was kind of moved, actually, as well as amazed and impressed, and it suggested to me that the spell of Drexciya – the capacity to encharm and to summon world-building – has not diminished by any means.” - Kowdo Eshun

I think I found this mix mentioned at the end of the Red Bull Music Academy article about the legacy of Drexciya. It's called, Interstellar Fugitives: A Cosmic Memory and Astronomical Guidepost of Drexciya (2016) by the Spanish/Argentine artist, Magui Dávila.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Infinite Journey to Inner Space: The Legacy of Drexciya: RBMA and more


There is quite an epic article about Drexciya and their legacy by Mike Rubin at Red Bull Music Academy. There are lots of brand new interviews with people like Brendan M. Gillen, Dan Bell, Frankie Fultz, Liz Warner (Liz Copland of WDET FM), Cornelius Harris, Carola Stoiber (Tresor), Serge (Clone), Abdul Haqq, Kodwo Eshun, Mike Banks, Greg Tate and more. Even I was interviewed! There are great illustrations by Mark Dancey too. Some very interesting new information, lots to digest.

A new Dopplereffekt live show has just been announced. They are on the bill for the opening event of the Present Perfect festival in St. Petersburg, Russia on 28th July. Actress and Clock DVA are also in the line-up. Dopplereffekt also have an upcoming Berlin show on 7th July at Tresor with DJ Stingray, The Exaltics, Helena Hauff and more over 3 stages, great line-up. The night is also to launch the DJ Stingray mixed Kern Vol. 4 on Tresor which features tracks by Drexciya, Dopplereffekt, NRSB-11 and many more.

If you have pre-ordered Jack People's, Laptop Cafe, you may have gotten a message, as I did today, that 'the release date has been pushed back for all stores and is not set to be released until the week commencing 10th July.' This is not surprising with what I hear about pressing plant delays these days. Just a little longer to wait then for this unreleased James Stinson project. I am sure it will be worth the wait, samples here.

I found this video overview of Sonar 2017, you can catch 30 seconds worth of Dopplereffekt live at the 6min 18sec mark. Looks good and sounds like a new female led vocal track.