Detroit electro-techno outfit Drexciya was conceived in 1989, but first came into the public eye in 1994 with "Aquatic Invasion" - the first of a thematic series of releases. Drexciya's James Stinson and Gerald Donald remained hidden behind their alias for much of the group's existence, communicating a complex personal mythology of a "Drexciyan" race of underwater dwellers descended from pregnant slave women thrown overboard during trans-Atlantic deportation. Within this fiction, their music - which they claimed was recorded "live in the studio" rather than programmed - was imagined as a "dimensional jumphole" between their black African roots and the contemporary USA.

Sadly Stinson died suddenly on 3rd September 2002 of a heart condition. Donald continues to produce music under other names.

Drexciya Discography


Tresor 129 Drexciya Neptune's Lair (Album) Tresor Tresor 129 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
Tresor.181 Drexciya Harnessed The Storm (Album) Tresor Tresor.181 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
C#25 Drexciya Grava 4 (Album) Clone C#25 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SW1007 Drexciya Deep Sea Dweller Shockwave Records SW1007 US 1992 Sell This Version
UR-026 Drexciya Drexciya 2 - Bubble Metropolis Underground Resistance UR-026 US 1993 Sell This Version
SVE-3 Drexciya Drexciya 4 - The Unknown Aquazone - Double Aquapak ... Submerge (3) SVE-3 US 1994 Sell This Version
CAT. 017 Drexciya Drexciya 3 - Molecular Enhancement Rephlex CAT. 017 UK 1994 Sell This Version
UR-030 Drexciya Aquatic Invasion Underground Resistance UR-030 US 1995 Sell This Version
WAP 57, WAP | 57 Drexciya The Journey Home (EP) Warp Records, Warp Records WAP 57, WAP | 57 UK 1995 Sell This Version
UR-037 Drexciya The Return Of Drexciya Underground Resistance UR-037 US 1996 Sell This Version
S.I.D.-005 Drexciya Uncharted EP(12", EP) Somewhere In Detroit S.I.D.-005 US 1997 Sell This Version
Tresor 137 Drexciya Hydro Doorways Tresor Tresor 137 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Tresor 130 Drexciya Fusion Flats(12") Tresor Tresor 130 US 2000 Sell This Version
Tresor 182 Drexciya Digital Tsunami Tresor Tresor 182 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
CX9 Drexciya Drexcyen R.E.S.T. Principle (12", Ltd) Clone CX9 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
CAL004 Drexciya Black Sea Clone Aqualung Series CAL004 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version


SVE-7 Drexciya The Quest (Comp) Submerge (3) SVE-7 US 1997 Sell This Version
C#CC22LP Drexciya Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller I (Comp) Clone Classic Cuts C#CC22LP Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
C#CC023 Drexciya Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller II (Comp) Clone Classic Cuts C#CC023 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
C#CC024 Drexciya Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller III (Comp) Clone Classic Cuts C#CC024 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
C#CC025CD Drexciya Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller IV (Comp) Clone Classic Cuts C#CC025CD Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version

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November 24, 2013
there is nothing to be said that hasn't been said about Drexicya, it was a very important timeframe in Detroit. the thing is that you can never define what Drexciya music was, its a fusion of funk-electro-house and even broken beat from time to time.

these were humbled musicians way before social media arrived, they were not looking to be hyped but to make a statement about their own vision.


July 24, 2012
If I can't go to space in this lifetime, at least I can go to the depths of the ocean. Thanks for the music James.


April 27, 2011
There is an interview where James says ' Even if i die next week or whatever, there will still be a lot of music left, i have a nice stock pile left, oh yea'

Will this music ever grace us?


August 13, 2008
Drexciya: Techno from The Deep, very deep H20. Even though the programmers are trying to destroy all of mankind's creativity and artistic freedom, Drexciyan Tactical Seaforces have been dealing mighty blows ever since they first rose above water in 1991.

How did they rise from aquatic hibernation to wavejumping all over the world using high-tech-aquatic-sonic-waves?

By creating The greatest Techno of all time. Analogue Perfection. Innovating, futuristic, original, spontaneous, intelligently produced electronic robot funk including that ohh so important soul/love and dedication to the music, all of which only seem to reside in magical city Detroit. Thats how!

The soul of Techno died with Mr. James Stinson. Rest in Peace Mr. Stinson.



December 15, 2007
Drexciya is the place where i can rest my soul.
I need this because this world is too wild for me. In the water? Hahaha yeah man. I belong to the Aquazone.
Why not space? Space is great! I can only do one thing at the time you know. So we'll do this later? Yeah we will. Yes we will.

Mr. J. Stinson did not know about the hat. We do and take it off for him.
An outer-world achievement was reached. Although in his career he sadly could not fulfill the ultimate presentation. Knowing of his disease and talent we have showed our love. Within our possibilities we supported James to make sure he could reach the goals in his lifespan. The story does continue..


August 11, 2004
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If you consider all the labels and artists made or influenced by Detroit (Tresor, F-Communications, Luke Slater, Maurizio, Warp... to name a few), then you won't be surprised to discover that Drexciya is the underground wave that gathers the quality Techno universe. Every label with a Drexciya release on it is a good one, just have a look... UR, Rephlex, Warp, Clone, Kombination Research, Intuit-Solar, Gigolo Records, Hardwax... I'm one of the purists who think that Detroit stays the most innovative techno place, and this little list reinforce my idea.


December 12, 2003
Sometimes, the death of an artist seems to be a sort of blessing in desguise, for it may turn a great but largely ignored - if not missunderstood - talent into someone finally recognised by the general public. If this will be the case with Drexciya (alias: James Stinson) it is not very certain. Truth is, however, his productions were straight ahead of their time, full of twists and turns unknown to many producers. His legacy to the techno and electro sub-genres and electronic music in general is incomensurable and is one which won't be, in my view, universally acknowledged at any time, such was the unique nature of this man's art. RIP, James Stinson!


April 29, 2003
The colored and clear copies of the Drexciya releases all were re-issued after James Stinson died. It was the record execuitives way to thank him for years of good music and imagination.


January 17, 2003
The things we DO know about Drexcia are this:
Originally only one member, recording out of his bedroom, first release was "Balance of Terror" on Hardwax released as 'LAM" (Life After Mutation)
The first Drexcia record was "Deep Sea Dweller " on Shockwave.
After this, other members came and went and Drexcia transcended it's original creator and became a political statement.


March 25, 2002
Drexciya represents the best of 'Planet Detroit' electro.
The back story of Sci-fi Myth and African American History is an amazing backdrop to America's anwser to Kraftwerk.

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