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For the Ghanaian short documentary, see Drexciya (film).
For the German - Burkinabe short film, see Drexciya (2012) (film).
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres Techno
Years active 1992–2002
Past members James Stinson
Gerald Donald

Drexciya was an American electronic music duo from Detroit, Michigan, consisting of James Stinson (1969 - 2002[1][2]) and Gerald Donald.[3]


The majority of Drexciya's releases were in the style of dance-floor-oriented Electro, punctuated with elements of retro, 1980s Detroit Techno, with occasional excursions into the Ambient and Industrial genres. Tracks were mostly centered around the TR-808 drum machine.[citation needed]

Drexciya, which eschewed media attention and its attendant focus on personality,[4] developed an afrofuturist myth.[5] The group revealed in the sleeve notes to their 1997 album The Quest that "Drexciya" was an underwater country populated by the unborn children of pregnant African women who were thrown off of slave ships; the babies had adapted to breathe underwater in their mothers' wombs.[6] The myth was built partly on Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), according to Kodwo Eshun.[7]

Reports of Drexciya's disbanding in 1997 were contradicted two years later when a new Drexciya track appeared on the Underground Resistance compilation Interstellar Fugitives, followed by three more Drexciya albums.



  • The Quest (1997), Submerge
  • Neptune's Lair (1999), Tresor
  • Harnessed the Storm (2002), Tresor
  • Grava 4 (2002), Clone

EPs and singles[edit]


  • The Quest (1997), Submerge
  • Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller I (2011), Clone
  • Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller II (2012), Clone
  • Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller III (2013), Clone
  • Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller IV (2013), Clone


  1. ^ "James Marcel Stinson - Biography". 
  2. ^ "James Stinson 1969-2002 - An Appreciation". 
  3. ^ Rubin, Mike (October 1998). "A Tale of Two Cities". Spin. pp. 104–109. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Samuels, A. J. (30 May 2013). "Master Organism: A.J. Samuels interviews Gerald Donald". Electronic Beats. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Womack, Ytasha (2013). Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture. Chicago Review Press. p. 70. ISBN 9781613747995. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Kodwo Eshun of the Otolith Group". Art Practical. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Eshun, Kodwo (2003). "Further Considerations of Afrofuturism". CR: The New Centennial Review. 3 (2): 287–302. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  • More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures In Sonic Fiction by Kodwo Eshun, pp. 06[083] - 06[085] (Quartet Books, London, 1998)

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