DREXCIYA MEMBER DIES

Heart complications cliam the life of a member of the hugely influential Detroit electro/techno outfit...

JAMES MARCEL STINSON, of DETROIT electro/techno outfit DREXCIYA, died last week from heart complications.

Details surrounding his death are scant. Like all members of Drexciya, Stinson was anonymous, though acknowledged posthumously as a central member.

He and the rest of Drexicya were part of the extended family of Detroit’s hugely influential, but shadowy, Underground Resistance.

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Drexciya drew inspiration from the idea of Drexiyans and the Black Atlantic. In the sleevenotes to ‘The Quest’, their ’97 concept double album, the Drexciyans are revealed to be a marine species descended from ‘pregnant America-bound African slaves’ thrown overboard ‘by the thousands during labour for being sick and disruptive cargo. Could it be possible for humans to breathe underwater? A foetus in its mother’s womb is certainly alive in an aquatic environment. Is it possible that they could have given birth at sea to babies that never needed air?’

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