Necronomicon

Sometimes the internet is a wonderful thing. Someone posted this on Facebook and I’ve been mildly obsessed with it for a few days now. In 1994 Nina Walsh launched Sabrettes, a record label that was an offshoot of the Sabres Of Paradise record label (she also registered the Sabrettes tartan seen above with The Scottish Register Of Tartans but that’s a side issue here).

Innersphere made techno. In 1994 they released an album called Outer Works and three 12″ singles. One of them, Necronomicon, was remixed by Sabres Of Paradise on one side and David Holmes on the other. This is the David Holmes remix but played at 33 rpm rather than 45 but then pitched up to +8, stretched out for over eleven minutes. It is head nodding heaven and totally absorbing- a looped bassline, some long keening sounds, a wiggly acid squiggle, all very hypnotic. You can lose yourself inside it very easily.

Just for comparison here’s the Holmes remix played at the intended speed, 45 rpm- still good but considerably more banging in tempo and 1994 attitude.

Tantrum

I found this Sabres Of Paradise advert for forthcoming releases on Weatherall’s record label back in 1994 so it seemed to make sense to post a track they were promoting. I did Jack ‘O’ Swords cover of The Gift fairly recently so instead we’ll have some very 1994 techno with a remix of Technova (David Harrow) from Innersphere (David Hedger). This track has withstood time pretty well I think – some early 90s techno can be a bit much now, a bit too bangin’- but this is still listenable and enjoyable.

Bastard Bunny began life in his own Dave Anderson drawn and written comic before becoming co-opted by Weatherall’s label and Sabresonic night (underneath some railway arches near London Bridge station. I never went alas). Later on Bastard Bunny turned up in Deadline and then NME.

Tantrum (Innersphere Mix)

Out Of Body

Innersphere’s Out Of Body is a 1995 ambient classic- over nine minutes long, a shuffling drumbeat, rippling pianos, squelchy bass, spine tingling stuff all told. It came out on Sabrettes with an Andrew Weatherall remix on the B-side. Weatherall’s version is a less optimistic, more paranoid take. There’s a high pitched noise that is there more or less all the way through, like a radio not tuned in right, the pianos have been spooked and three quarters of the way through the whole thing turns when a voice asks ‘Can I come in please?’

Out Of Body (Andrew Weatherall Remix)