Possibly my favourite of all the Drexciya records, and the easiest to get. Moody and smooth, Journey Home is a great piece of middle mood bouncey electronica, while Black Sea is very classic Drexciyan intensity. Across 4 tracks it really sums the variety of Drexciyan expression and is a great intro to the band.
A lot of people talk about how the electronic rawness was born in Chicago. due to limited funds by artists like Phuture and Ron Hardy who had to use scrappy mixers and cheap karaoke machine called TB-303, but a lot of people do not discuss about how Drexciya took that rawness into a different completely imaginative direction.
The Drex crew hit the jackpot with this EP, it fits like fingers to glove to the "freakiness" and the "weirdness" Warp records presented in those current times. "Darthouven Fish Men" is a dirty melody which sounds like a computer malfunction repeatedly hitting an error, it is jumpy and crunchy with scattered envelops all around.
"Black Sea" is a deep journey into Detroit's famous Packard Automotive Plant rave scene which was flourishing in the 90's, it is trance before trance was gentrified. the thing so unique about Drexicya is that they used distortion but it never sounded bad quality distortion, it was a matter of science for James & Gerald - how can we make heavily distorted and compressed sounds without making them sound bad?
"Hydro Theory" is the treasure here, that breathing heavily sound in the background is probably timed frame to the recognizable Drexciya, anybody who bootlegs that aquarium deep sea sound will get his ass whooped instantly thinking he is playing a Drex track.
"Journey Home" offers a more instrumental side to things with a light funky attitude. its an alien keyboard with a humorist twist, known legacy of this moniker.
Okay, this is one of the best electronic music 12" ever. Quite an strong statement! On the one hand, black sea is a techno slap in your face, a tour the force, what a track! You play this in front of a crowd and you got it all. Extremely strong track, perfectly crafted and with superb sound design and production. It sounds full but not crowded with sounds, the mix is quite dirty in the good sense of the word. Just brilliant!
On the other hand, you have the journey home, emotional, intelligent and one of those tracks that make sense of the tittle, it really feels like in a long journey going back to your home or safe place.
What else can you ask for a 12"?