Smokey's Illegitimate Report - (1:45) 150 BPM
   
The Countdown Has Begun - (3:07) 125 BPM
   
Aquabahn - (2:08) 132 BPM
   
Intensified Magnetron - (3:20) 138 BPM
   
Sea Snake - (4:45) 131 BPM
   
Flying Fish - (2:25) 134 BPM
   
The Mutant Gillmen - (5:01) 126 BPM
   
Unknown Journey IV - (3:24) 140 BPM
   
Nautilus 12 - (2:48) 137 BPM
   
Vampire Island - (3:24)
   
Aqua Worm Hole - (5:29) 141 BPM
   
Bubble Chamber - (2:21) 130 BPM
   
You Don't Know - (5:54) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Red Hills Of Lardossa - (5:16) 140 BPM
Review: Few electronic acts could easily sustain three expansive 'best of' compilations, but then Detroit techno-electro fusionists Drexciya weren't your average electronic artists. In the space of little more than 12 EPs and a handful of albums, released in a ten-year burst between 1992 and 2002, James Stinson and Gerald Donald did more to push electronic music forwards than many of their Motor City peers. This third retrospective in Clone's excellent Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller series expands on the first two volumes, swimming between atmospheric IDM ("Aqua Worm Hole", "Vampire Island"), balls-deep techno workouts ("Nautilus", "Intensified Magnetron") and shimmering future electro (the futuristic Kraftwerk vibes of "Aquabahn").
CCC 024
28 Jan 13
Electro
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Intro (The Unknown Aquazone) - (1:35) 148 BPM
   
Hi-Tide - (4:01) 126 BPM
   
Danger Bay - (3:22) 116 BPM
   
Anti Vapour Waves - (3:30) 138 BPM
   
Dead Man's Reef - (2:07) 153 BPM
   
Aqua Jujidsu - (2:58) 152 BPM
   
Davey Jones Locker - (3:14)
   
Bang-Bang - (5:29) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Unknown Journey II - (2:29) 123 BPM
   
Positron Island (extended album version) - (4:05) 143 BPM
   
Journey Home - (4:51) 129 BPM
   
Neon Falls - (3:25)
   
Unknown Journey III - (3:35)
Review: Following the first installment of Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller, Clone delves back into Drexciya's archives for the follow-up. Like the first release, the Dutch label has been granted access to tracks from the Detroit duo's earlier releases, including Bubble Metropolis and The Unknown Aquazone, which fetch hundreds of pounds online. Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller 2 is also fascinating for the way that Clone have curated and programmed it. "High Tide", from the ultra-rare, shamelessly expensive Uncharted EP issued on Somewhere in Detroit in 1997 kick-starts the release in abrasive mode as yelping analogue riffs and rolling snares rush in over a malevolent, insistent bass. And despite all the music media's talk and pontificating about Drexciya testing the boundaries of electronic music, invading our subconscious and bringing us to new worlds, it should not be forgotten that they were also entertainers par excellence. Even at their most obtuse, on the dystopian synths of "Unknown Journey", the duo were sneaking in EBM basslines and memorable hooks. It's a similar story on the squelchy P-funk of "Danger Bay" (also from Bubble Metropolis), which features a brilliant but daft 'ha ha ha ha' male vocal sample and "Dead Man's Reef" (from 1997's The Quest), with its mock-horror riffs unfolding over phased hats and murderous bass. The other misconception about Donald and Stinson was that they were merely an electro act. The warped, low-slung minimal techno of "Bang Bang" replete with mock robo vocals dispels this myth - and could be the sleazy counterpoint to DBX's pure minimalism - as does "Davy Jones Locker" (from 1996's True People: The Detroit Techno Album). With its warped bass and mysterious piano lines, the lithe rhythms seem to cruise in a space between Detroit electro and UK jungle. The tendency to inhabit these grey areas is also audible on "Journey Home", taken from the eponymous 1995 EP for Warp. On that occasion however, Drexciya push towards a 4/4 arrangement with their warm low ends and woozy synths making for one of the most nakedly emotive and personal takes on Detroit techno. In case the listener is in any doubt about Stinson and Donald's mastery of many sounds, the beautiful "Neon Falls", with its dreamy synth hooks and innate fragility brings this second installment of Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller to a close. Forget the hype, myths and half-truths surrounding Drexciya; just drop the needle on the record and dive straight in.
CCC 023
26 Jun 12
Techno
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