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.
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?’