Marking the 20th anniversary of the passing of James Stinson and of the releases of the Transllusion and Shifted Phases albums, Tresor Records will release special editions from its catalogue of Drexciya and related projects.

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The rightsholders, their families and Tresor have commissioned Detroit-based artist Matthew Angelo Harrison, who teamed up with graphic designer Yannick Nuss and photographer Corine Vermeulen, to produce new album art for each release. These new editions bind the unique musical world of Drexciya with Harrison’s conceptual art, continuing the legacy of Drexciyan transmissions.

James Stinson and Gerald Donald embarked on an infinite journey to inner space within, to find the beauty inside and bring it out, devising an immersive world that summoned the concept of water as one of the mightiest elements on this planet. Their music embodied what water is to our world and inhabited their underwater territory – named Drexciya.

To this day, the influence of Drexciya on electronic music and Black cultural heritage remains impressive. Their outlying missives confronted much of the diluting and pasteurization of once-innovative music. They worked in isolation, with a sense of remoteness and distance from their Detroit peers, with output that would confuse DJs with uneven intros and abrupt switches. A presence throughout was their unconditional message of the diasporic background and mythologic futures, communicated through their world-building and story-telling that was both cryptic and meticulously advanced. 

The electro sound has developed a broader appeal in recent generations, and artists working in this terrain regularly adduce Drexciya, for example, Russell E.L. Butler, whose track James Stinson On A Beach In The Mid-Atlantic was on the Tresor 30 compilation. Sherard Ingram (DJ Stingray 313) operates with the alias and balaclava given to him by Stinson.

Matthew Angelo Harrison explores the African-American experience and the history of labor in the United States with a visual language in tune with the Drexciyan mythology of potent, technically-advanced warriors born from mothers thrown overboard during forced migration. Harrison grew up amidst the ongoing shuttering of factories for the auto industry in the Motor City. His artworks have re-configured objects from this period as cultural symbols, using 3-D printing, computer-aided design and cutting equipment in his process. This reshaping of the past, this abstract ancestry, devised through technology, connects with the pioneering output of Drexciya.

The series starts bimonthly from early September 2022, commencing with Neptune’s Lair, first out in 1999, with the Hydro Doorways single arriving shortly after. In November 2022, Harnessed The Storm and Digital Tsunami are coming. In February 2023 the Transllusion records, both The Opening Of The Cerebral Gateand complement single Mind Over Positive And Negative Dimensional Matter, will be released. The series is completed by the long-awaited re-release of Shifted Phases – The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope – at the end of March 2023. 


为了纪念James Stinson去世以及Transllusion和Shifted Phases专辑发行20周年,Tresor唱片公司将从其Drexciya和相关项目的目录中,依次发行特别版。权利人、他们的家人和Tresor已经委托底特律的艺术家Matthew Angelo Harrison与平面设计师Yannick Nuss和摄影师Corine Vermeulen合作,为每一次发行制作新的专辑艺术。这些新版本将Drexciya的独特音乐世界与Harrison的概念艺术结合起来,延续了Drexciyan传输的遗产。



电音在最近几代人中形成了更广泛的吸引力,在这一领域工作的艺术家经常引用德雷克西亚,例如拉塞尔-E.L.巴特勒,他的曲目《James Stinson On A Beach In The Mid-Atlantic》就在Tresor 30汇编中。Sherard Ingram(DJ Stingray 313)用Stinson给他的别名和balaclava来操作。

马修-安吉洛-哈里森(Matthew Angelo Harrison)用一种视觉语言探讨了非裔美国人的经历和美国的劳工历史,这种语言与德雷克西亚神话中强大的、技术先进的、在被迫移民期间被母亲扔到海里出生的战士的神话相一致。哈里森是在汽车城的汽车工业工厂不断关闭的情况下长大的。他的艺术作品将这一时期的物品重新配置为文化符号,在他的过程中使用了3D打印、计算机辅助设计和切割设备。这种对过去的重塑,这种通过技术设计的抽象祖先,与Drexciya的先锋输出相联系。

这个系列从2022年9月初开始每两个月一次,从1999年首次发行的《海王星巢穴》开始,不久之后,《水力门》单曲也会到来。2022年11月,《驾驭风暴》和《数字海啸》即将到来。2023年2月,Transllusion唱片,包括《大脑之门的开启》和补充单曲《心灵超越正负维度物质》,都将发行。2023年3月底,期待已久的《Shifted Phases – The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope》重新发行,这一系列就完成了。