Boomkat Product Review:
Definitive reissue edition of James Stinson’s legendary, posthumous Drexciyan Storm #6, featuring the tracklist as intended, and marking 20 years since his untimely passing - 100% all timer gear
Among the most in-demand, Drexciya-related titles, ‘The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope’ holds among his sleekest and aqua-dynamic electro masterpieces. It was originally issued in the months following his much mourned death in September 2002, and as such has been subject of much speculation to the meaning of his one-time moniker for the project, and its evocative title. We’ll never be able to sift truth from apocrypha with this one, as even his Drexciyan co-pilot Gerald Donald holds his tongue about its provenance, but that’s half the attraction as listeners apply their own narrative and mythos to its enigmatic electro arrangements in a way surely intended by the late, great Detroit oracle.
Replete with the mesmerising ‘Flux’ which was mistakenly omitted from early pressings (which are now practically impossible to find anyway), the 11-track set is certain to stoke nostalgia for the early ‘00s in anyone who was around then, and, like the best, uncanny electronic music it’s one of those records that feels like you’ve heard it before - déjà entendu-style - even if you definitely haven’t. It sends us reeling back to the days of the IL3KTRO and Sequence club-nights in Manchester circa the early ‘00s, and the heyday of our Pelicanneck shop, when the Drexciyan mythos was only just starting to grow into the cult it has become.
Held up against previous Drexciyan Storms, the album is notably more minimal and hypnautically efficient, and perhaps the one that best reflects Stinson’s day job as a trucker hauling down long, straight US highways. Between the Red Planet adjacent pulse and powerful subs of ‘Solar Wind’ and the outstanding finale of ‘Flux’ it smoothly shifts gears between the acidic nag of ‘White Dwarf’ to the stark electro-techno of ‘Dance of the Celestial Druids’ and supremely twisted, even sleazy electro strains in ‘The Freak Show’ and the ‘Alien Vessel Distress Call’, with a fine cap-tip to his ancestors in ‘Crossing of the Sun-Ra Nebula’, and of course an unmissable centrepiece in the lip-biting melody of ‘Lonely Journey of The Comet Bopp’.