Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tresor launch Drexciya reissue campaign with new artwork, including Shifted Phases and Transllusion

Tresor Records are beginning a Drexciya reissue campaign. The first release will be Neptune's Lair on double LP, double clear vinyl LP and CD. You can pre-order it now on Bandcamp, it will be available on or around 2nd September. They have commissioned Detroit artist Matthew Angelo Harrison to make new artwork for it. 

After this they will also be releasing Hydro Doorways 12" EP, Drexciya's Harnessed The Storm and Digital Tsunami, Transllusion's The Opening of the Cerebral Gate and Shifted Phases' The Cosmic Memoirs of the Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthorpe. They will all have new artwork by Harrison too. This will be the first time the Shifted Phases album will be available since it was first released in 2002. 

'Tresor Records is proud to announce forthcoming special editions of its entire catalogue of Drexciya and related projects. 

2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of James Stinson and the releases of the Transllusion and Shifted Phases albums. In recognition, the rightsholders, their families, and the label have commissioned Detroit-based contemporary artist Matthew Angelo Harrison to re-conceptualize the covers of Tresor's Drexciya-related catalogue. These editions will be released sequentially, bimonthly, starting early-September 2022.'

Dopplereffekt have a new live show conformed as part iof Tresor 31, a two month festival in Berlin. They play in Globus on Sat 13th August.

Avina Vishnu's DJ set for Belgiums's Meakusma show on Studio Neau radio is available now at this link. It's a great set and seems to be a mixture of their music, other Mueller projects like NRSB-11 and maybe various artists. 

One of my readers kindly let me know that Sean Booth of Autechre briefly talked about Drexciya in a recent 'Ask Me Anything' online video. He's talking about how some of Autechre's early music would be rejected by Warp and it took two years before their debut Incunabula (1993) was compiled from what was accepted. This section starts at 1hr 28min 50sec.

"I remember at the time, just after Drexciya 2 (1993) came out...and that was the first Drexciya record I'd heard so I went to Rob Mitchell (RIP) at Warp and said, have you heard this Drexciya shit it's fucking fire, it's like amazing, you need to sign them. I don't know where they are or anything about them...and he was like, no, it's too retro. And that was like the problem, a lot of the Warp tape stuff (Autechre's early music), it was like, yeah it's good but it just sounds a bit old." 

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Arpanet Quantum Transposition re-press, Der Zyklus remodel, Drexciya lesson plan and more

Clone Records are re-pressing and re-mastering Arpanet's Quantum Transposition (2005). It will be on double vinyl and there is a new unreleased track too. It was previously available on Rephlex Records but has been out of press since then. This is another incredible album, you can sample all the tracks and pre-order at this link. It's due about 1st July.

There is a Der Zyklus remodel on Marija Jovanovic's new remix release on Third Ear Recordings. It's available on Bandcamp along with a solo remix by Elena Sizova of DZ too. The remixes come from Jovanovic's 2019 EP Delicate Minds.

Another re-press/re-stock has gone under the radar, if you missed out on the vinyl edition of Dopplereffekt's Cellular Automata (2017) on Leisure System it's available again on the Bandcamp page with no quantity restrictions (eg. 1 remaining) so maybe it's a re-press? Awhile back they also pressed it on CD for the first time as well and that is still available too. The vinyl and CD copies of Dopplereffekt's latest album Neurotelepathy are also out on 10th June. 

Through Resident Advisor you can check out Dopplereffekt's latest upcoming live shows here (3 at this time). 

John R. Eperjesi, who recently published an academic paper, 'Drexciya’s Bubble Metropolis and Blue Cultural Studies' has created a Drexciya based lesson plan for teachers. You can read 'Drexciya and Our Ocean Planet' and read the Teacher's Guide here

The Wonky Angle has done a deep dive on Gerald Donald, from Drexciya right up to the latest Dopplereffekt album. Great to find he is a fan, well worth a watch

There is a new all vinyl Drexciya themed mix by DJ and producer Niall Power with visuals by Francesca Bonci. It went out as part of the Mindframe series on deepspaceradio in April. A lovely mix with some incredible visuals.

Lastly, I wonder if Detroit Police's Underwater Recovery Team listen to Drexciya?