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GENTRIFIED UNDERGROUND

Gentrified Underground presents an interdisciplinary project tackling the sonic fiction & afrofuturism of Drexciya.
2x12", Cover by Abdul Qadim Haqq, 56 Page Bubble Chamber booklet included!

2x12", Cover by Abdul Qadim Haqq, 56 Page Bubble Chamber booklet included!

Gentrified Underground presents an interdisciplinary project tackling the sonic fiction & afrofuturism of Drexciya.

Thought as an extension to the Bubble Chamber exhibition happening at Mikro & UP STATE Zürich, GU releases a 2x12 vinyl compilation and a booklet with contributions by Abdul Qadim Haqq, Charlie Mills, chukwumaa, Dominiqueh White, Gentrified Underground, Maïté Chéniere and tracks by Xor Gate (Gerald Donald), Shawescape Renegade, DJ Dijital, Plant43, The Exaltics, Kuldaboli, Iko, Tom Ware, Luz1e and Sansibar.

The goal of this compilation is to showcase the reach and influence which Drexciya had on generations of electronic music producers while linking them together with compositorial predecessors from the early 80s. The musical timeline of the compilation starts from 1982 and reaches its contemporary end in 2019.

The 56 pages booklet contains unseen and unreleased Drexciyan drafts by Abdul Qadim Haqq, an interview between him and GU, contemporary art contributions by chukwumaa, Dominiqueh White and Maïté Chéniere and an academic essay by Charlie Mills.

"More than twenty years after their first release, the sonic fictions produced by Drexciya, the Detroit based electronic duo founded by James Stinson and Gerald Donald at the start of the 1990s, continues to enthral contemporary cultural practitioners. By reimagining the Transatlantic Slave Trade as a fiction of enforced mutation, the Drexciya mythos opened, and continues to open, a speculative space for the reimagining of the posthuman condition, and for questions of becoming, origin and mutation in relation to capitalism, finance and futurity." - Kodwo Eshun



STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: A ridiculously exciting and comprehensive look at the influence Drexciya has had on electronic music since their inception in the mid 90's through to the present day. Includes gorgeous looking booklet and all sorts of exciting archival gems. An essential piece for any electronic fans.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Xor Gate - Hyperbola
A2. Shawescape Renegade - Soldiers Of Electro
A3. DJ Dijital - I Am Morpheus
B1. Plant43 - Evapotranspiration
B2. The Exaltics - Don´t Ask Me Why
B3. Kuldaboli- Draumur Inní Heilann þinn
C1. Iko - Approach On Tokyo
C2. Tom Ware - Take Time To Hurry
C3. Kuldaboli - Beygluð Sál
D1. Luz1e – Transvision
D2. Sansibar - Cyberdine Systems


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