Clone Aqualung have announced that they will reissue Drexciya’s final album, Grava 4.
Grava 4 is the final installment in the TR-808 pioneers’ ‘afrofuturist’ myth, a narrative that spanned the course of four spellbinding albums of electro-ambience. In the band’s mythology, Drexciya is the name of an underwater city populated by the unborn children of women who were thrown off slave ships as they crossed from Africa.
Grava 4 boasts 8 tracks, most of which are themed around interplanetary travel, and this reissue features a slightly re-sequenced track list. Electro is often a genre criticised for lacking ambition. The same thing could never be said about James Stinson and Gerald Donald’s music, and this reissue is a timely reminder of that fact.
Check out Drexciya’s mythopoeic track “Wavejumper” below.