Virus And Tantra

David Harrow, resident of Los Angeles and purveyor of fine dub since the days of On U Sound in the late 80s, has been unleashing weekly releases into the ether, digital dub with acres of wide open space and pressure. The latest one, PurpleCircle (Virus Dub 5), is a delight and is on Bandcamp here. The previous week was Maskup (Virus Dub 4), all smoke, echo, bass and melodica. Nod your head here. They’re a dollar each, roughly 98 pence for those of us in the UK.
Less laid back but just as transportative is David’s work in the mid- 90s as Technova (recording for Andrew Weatherall’s Sabres Of Paradise and Emissions Audio Output labels. Andrew and David began to work together after bumping into each other London’s clubs. When David said he had some music recorded Andrew said he’d put it out on Sabres without even hearing it). Tantra, a 1994 12″ single and album, is especially good. This is the full twenty one minutes of Tantra, a late night, post club dub techno excursion.
On the B-side Innersphere remix Tantra as Tantrum, ten minutes of trancey- techno workout. Nothing wrong with some techno for Tuesday is there? Certainly puts your head in a different place and shifts things up a gear.

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)

Beautiful Dreamer

‘Beautiful Dreamer versus Darkseid! Both hold the key to victory in the strangest war ever fought in comicdom history!’

More early 70s Jack Kirby-Third Eye- Black Light psychedelic madness. The more of this Marvel art I look for, the more I find, the more I want to post. I was planning to finish yesterday but there’s more to come.

Two days ago reader KevM asked for The Box by Jack Of Swords, released on Weatherall’s Sabres Of Paradise label back in 1994. The Box is a cover of The Velvet Underground tune (from White Light/White Heat), a tale of sexual obsession and accidental death, voiced by John Cale (and it’s the original Cale vocal used on this cover too, a benefit of the being able to lift the whole isolated vocal off the Velvet’s record by switching the speakers balance to the left hand channel). The Jack Of Swords version has a heavy, electronic backing that is pretty transfixing. On the B-side of the 12″ single was a remixed version by Technova (David Harrow), a brilliant remix which adds a jackhammer beat, some speaker rattling bass and a load of acid-techno (the sort of record that makes me think I can smell dry ice and see strobes flashing in the corner of my eye).

The Box

The Box (The Black Angel’s Death Mix)

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Technova’s electronic cover version of Joy Division’s Atmosphere, finding light amongst Joy Division’s shade. This is a really good cover, with moments of beauty- lovely synths (showing the direction Bernard Sumner was already heading in 1980), dancey drums, squidgy bass and a blissed out, treated vocal replacing Ian Curtis’ sombre baritone. Assuming this Technova is the same Technova who were on Weatherall’s Emission Audio Output record label in the mid 90s, then this is the work of David Harrow, who also records as James Hardway. Weatherall and Harrow also recorded together as a fictional female techno artist Deanne Day (D and A, geddit) and Blood Sugar.

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