Friday, February 10, 2017

Bleep's Drexciya Guide, Drexciya Star chart, live shows and more


I was invited to write a Drexciya Guide for Bleep to coincide with Warp's much anticipated double vinyl reissue of The Other People Place album, Lifestyles of the Laptop Café (2001), which is available now from this link. I picked 10 of their albums that are currently available from Bleep to create a chronological guide and wrote a short piece about each; including releases by Elecktroids, Drexciya, Dopplereffekt, The Other People Place, Der Zyklus, Arpanet, Lab Rat XL, Transllusion and Zwischenwelt.

In the artwork for Drexciya's final album, Grava 4, you can see the location of the star, DREXCIYA. This was created by them on the 4th of February 2002 through an organisation called the International Star Registry. A long time ago I searched for a link to this online but never could find it. Thanks to one of my readers I was sent the link with all the details. This is great timing considering the upcoming reissue of Grava 4 on Clone Aqualung. Check out this link for details of the stars location, position on star chart etc.

Dopplereffekt will be playing live in London, England on 25th March. This will be part of a show to present Nina Kraviz's new label, Galaxiid. 808 Sate will also be playing live with Nina Kraviz, Luke Vibert and more on the bill. Perhaps this means we can expect Heinrich Mueller to release music on this new label in the future, which is said to focus on more experimental, ambient and psychedelic music. Back in 2010 there was even a very low key connection between Mueller and Kraviz, when she was listed as a member, under the name Curie, of the ever mysterious Noether Symmetry and also contributed a vocal to the NRSB-11 project. Her un-credited vocal is on the 12" EP and the CD version of the NRSB-11 album, Commodified, from 2013 on WeMe Records (play the track in question here).

Dopplereffekt have also been added to the Dimensions festival line-up, alongside Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Theo Parrish, Grace Jones and many more. The event will happen in Croatia from 30th August to 3rd September. Finally, another new Dopplereffekt show has been announced for Berlin, Germany on 14th April 2017. The night is a 3 year celebration for the Libertine club.

There is an Arpanet show booked at an interesting looking festival in Italy that runs from 23rd - 25th June. Andrew Weatherall and ambient legend Laraaji are also on the bill, more details at this link.

There is a new Drexciya/Mueller themed vinyl mix up on Souncloud, worth a listen.



Thursday, February 09, 2017

1997 Drexciya interview from Muzik magazine

This is an interview with Drexciya from the September 1997 issue of Muzik by Tim Barr (download magazine's full PDF file here). It's a fascinating conversation at a crucial moment for them, when they were announcing their retirement with the release of The Quest compilation. While this is the first time I have seen how the original article looked, back in 2007 I was sent a transcription of it which you can read here. The last picture is a scan of a piece from the month before flagging the interview in the next issue. Click on each image to enlarge. Enjoy!