That ‘Clone to reissue some Drexciya releases’ story which I mentioned in my last post just got very interesting. According to a more detailed Facebook post, “We will re-issue the early Drexciya catalogue on Clone. We are currently busy restoring the original master tapes, and hopefully we have the first one ready before the end of the year! Of course we will keep you updated on the process.” They also reveal they will be released on their Clone Classic Cuts sublabel which reissued Dopplereffekt’s Gesamtkunswerk album in fine style back in 2007. Their message also implies the tracks will be remastered as well. In some follow up comments they also talk about perhaps releasing The Quest as well, “We’ll see what’s possible”.
Clone and their sublabels have already sensitively and lovingly reissued L.A.M., Glass Domain, Der Zyklus; have some later period Drexciya (inc the Lab Rat XL album and an The Other People Place 12”) in their catalogue which they have always been good at keeping in press; not to mention Zerkalo, so this is a perfect marriage. This could mean that the UR/Submerge material must either be up for fresh licensing from Stinson’s estate and Gerald Donald or else they are licensing it to Clone. Whatever the case it has been some time since this material was available to buy on vinyl or CD. It’s never easy to know when a new pressing happens but the UR coloured vinyl tribute to James Stinson editions of their 12”’s in 2003 might have been the last time some of this material saw the light of record shop day. It has also been a long time since The Quest has been available on any format, you will currently pay at least 100 US dollars for this on CD and the 12”’s go for big bucks too. Even trying to find a legal and therefore good quality download of this stuff has always been pretty difficult as well so this situation may be remedied too. By now there must be a huge unsatisfied demand from new and old fans alike. The Drexciya story continues and the legacy grows.
They have yet to announce what the releases will be and while I don’t expect The Journey Home to be included, although that would be amazing some day, everything else on this list could be. Might I suggest The Unknown Aquazone double pack being released on CD as well, surely enough material here to make it worthy, could always have been seen as an album and is already listed as so on Discogs.
'Deep Sea Dweller' 12" (Shockwave 1993/UR 2003)
'Drexciya 2' 12” aka ‘Bubble Metropolis‘ (UR 1993/2003)
‘Drexciya 3’ 12” aka ‘Molecular Enhancement’ (Rephlex 1994/Submerge 1995/2003)
‘Drexciya 4’ dbl 12” aka ‘The Unknown Aquazone’ (Submerge 1994/2003)
‘Drexciya 5’ 12” aka ‘The Journey Home’ (Warp 1995)
‘Aquatic Invasion’ 12” (UR 1995/2003)
'The Return of Drexciya' 12" (UR 1996/2003)
‘Uncharted’ 12” (S.I.D. 1997)
‘The Quest’ (Submerge 1997/2002)https://www.facebook.com/CloneRecords?sk=info