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James Hardway



London-born producer and multi-talented instrumentalist David Harrow began his musical career playing in gritty punk bands until a small inheritance prompted him to buy an analog synth. Finding the versatility of electronic music infinitely more rewarding than the confines of rock, Harrow began experimenting with gear and honing his production skills. A long weekend in Berlin led to in a three-year stay, during which Harrow released The Secessionalists (named after a group of Viennese painters including Egon Shiele and Gustav Klimpt), produced electro and new beat with poet Anne Clark, and toured with Jah Wobble's troupe Invaders Of The Heart. It was, shall we say, a turning point in his career.

By the late '80s, Harrow was back in London enjoying the delights of acid-house at mainstay clubs such as Shoom and Spectrum. He formed allegiances with the likes of Adrian Sherwood, Gary Clail, and Lee Perry, which kept him busy for much of the late '80s and early '90s. In the mid-'90s, Harrow began producing spiky electro and techno as Technova, later releasing Tantric Steps ('94) and Transcience ('95) on Andrew Weatherall's, superb Sabres label. Simultaneously, Harrow collaborated with Weatherall as Bloodsugar and wrote the East West club smash "Your Lovin' Arms" with Billy Ray Martin. It was around this time that Harrow invented James Hardway, initially as an outlet for his drum and bass productions, but later as a catchall for his live jazz ensemble. After releasing a few EPs on Recordings of Substance (including Cool Jazz Motherfucker and Theo Steps In), Harrow released his '97 debut album, Welcome To The Neon Lounge, which he followed two years later with Deeper, Wider, Smoother Shit. In between these two albums, Harrow released a remix album with contributions from T-Power, Justice, Nucleus & Paradox, and Icaras.

In 2000, after touring Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and much of Europe, Harrow switched camps to Hydrogen Dukebox for his third album proper, Moors & Christians. Having spent time in New York and Los Angeles (where he produced the score to Jochann Hick's movie Sex Lives In L.A.), Harrow released his fourth, and arguably greatest album, Straight From The Fridge. Although Roger Harmar replaced John Edwards on upright bass, the original lineup of Clive Bell on flute and Theo Gordon on sax remained intact. Additionally, Will Embliss plays trumpet, Wayne "Big Willy" Nunes strums guitar, and JB Rose and Ghetto Priest wax lyrical on many of the album's fourteen tracks. The ensuing melange of jazz, downtempo, and drum and bass has been known to incite bouts of heavy drinking and wild dancing wherever played.

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