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New Andrew Weatherall remix compilations out this month

The late DJ and producer's work for Heavenly Recordings will be split between two volumes

By Joe Goggins

Andrew Weatherall DJing in Leeds, 2013
The compilations arrive on January 28th. (Photo: Alamy)

A new compilation album bringing together Andrew Weatherall’s remixes for Heavenly Recordings will be released later this month.

Two volumes will collect the legendary DJ and producer’s reworks for the label: ‘Heavenly Remixes 3 – Andrew Weatherall Volume 1’ and ‘Heavenly Remixes 4 – Andrew Weatherall Volume 2’. The albums will include his remixes of tracks by artists including Saint Etienne, Mark Lanegan, TOY, Doves, Gwenno , Sly & Lovechild, Espiritu , The Orielles and more.

Speaking about the compilations, Robin Turner, author of ‘Believe In Magic: 30 Years of Heavenly Recordings’, said: “Andrew fed more Heavenly bands through the mixing desk than those of any other label. Consistently, he returned visionary music to the office, often in person for (at least) one ceremonial playback – a ritual that would involve the volume cranked up high and Andrew rocking back on his heels, eyes closed, lost in the alchemy of it all.”

Turner made reference to Weatherall’s ability to “warp and twist originals into beautiful new shapes” that “might evoke Detroit techno one second and Throbbing Gristle the next, before wheel-spinning into something akin to The Fall produced by King Tubby.” 

Recalling the Scotsman’s penchant for rebuilding the work of other artists from the ground up, Turner continued: “Andrew’s studio adventures would always be guided by that early advice to destroy the source material. It’s why he was the first name that came up when remixes were discussed; the first number on the speed dial. Listening back to these remixes now – to thirty years of glorious outsider sounds – it bangs home again just how fucking good Andrew was.”

The compilations are due for release on CD and vinyl on January 28th, and are available for pre-order now via Heavenly’s Bandcamp page. Weatherall passed suddenly from a pulmonary embolism in February 2020. Tributes duly poured in from around the music world, including from collaborators as diverse as Primal Scream and Irvine Welsh, the latter of whom said on Twitter: “Genius is an overworked term but I’m struggling to think of anything else that defines him.”