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Clipping. and Shabazz Palaces dive into Drexciya's world

Experimental hip-hop group Clipping’s “The Deep” is a dark sci-fi tale about the underwater-dwelling descendants of African women thrown off slave ships, based on the mythology of Detroit electronic group Drexciya. The song was originally commissioned for a This American Life about Afrofuturism in 2017. The track earned Clipping a nomination for a 2018 Hugo award, and the band constructed a sound installation based on “The Deep” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. This release comes on the heels of the November 5th release of The Deep, a novella by Rivers Solomon (with Clipping credited as co-authors) inspired by the title track and published by Saga Press. The vinyl and digital versions include two otherwise-unreleased extra tracks – including “Aquacode Databreaks,” which features Shabazz Palaces – and the vinyl edition includes instrumental versions of all three tracks.

Taken from The Deep, a 12″ release inspired by the afrofuturist mythology of Drexciya.

Sub Pop’s foremost experimental hip hop collectives, Clipping. and Shabazz Palaces, have teamed up for a release inspired by Detroit electro icons Drexciya.

‘Aquacode Databreaks’, which really could be the title of a Neptune’s Lair bonus track, is taken from The Deep, a 12″ release featuring three tracks inspired by the afrofuturist mythology created by James Stinson and Gerald Donald.

News I By Henry Bruce-JonesI 05.11.19Clipping. and Shabazz Palaces dive into Drexciyan lore on ‘Aquacode Databreaks’Aquacode Databreaks’
Photo by: Cristina Bercovitz

Taken from The Deep, a 12″ release inspired by the afrofuturist mythology of Drexciya.

Sub Pop’s foremost experimental hip hop collectives, Clipping. and Shabazz Palaces, have teamed up for a release inspired by Detroit electro icons Drexciya.

‘Aquacode Databreaks’, which really could be the title of a Neptune’s Lair bonus track, is taken from The Deep, a 12″ release featuring three tracks inspired by the afrofuturist mythology created by James Stinson and Gerald Donald.
According to Stinson and Donald, ‘Drexciya’ was an underwater country founded by the water-breathing, unborn children of pregnant African women thrown overboard while crossing the Atlantic on slave ships.

Clipping.’s track ‘The Deep’, which was commissioned for a This American Life episode in 2017 and from which the 12″ takes its name, follows this same mythology. ‘Aquacode Databreaks’ and a third track, ‘Drownt’, make up the rest of the release, which follows Clipping.’s horrorcore-influenced album There Existed an Addiction to Blood.

‘Aquacode Databreaks’ is out now. The Deep arrives on November 29, on Sub Pop.

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