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For starters: to pin down and value Andrew Weatherall’s musical deed takes more space than available in a press release text but here is some of many highlights. As a producer, Weatherall has since he first shook the foundation for modern pop music with ground breaking and genre bending remixes of Primal Scream (Loaded), My Bloody Valentine (Soon) New Order (World In Motion) and many other influential acts, continued to push sounds in to unknown territories. His importance as a musician is as big, with bands like the iconic Sabres Of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen in the 90’s and top quality solo records from the 00’s up till today.

With the above In mind, Höga Nord Rekords are proud to announce the release of Andrew Weatherall new album Qualia! This album fits perfect in to the Höga Nord – Catalogue, which shows clearly already from the opening track Evidence The Enemy. This song is a monotonous yet uplifting piece of music, a case that holds for the album in full; Weatherall lets the melodies, built on a deep tradition of classical music and later developed by bands such as Kraftwerk, go in major scales, which lets fresh air in and creates a feeling of freedom. The music put you on top of Mont Blanc to overview the complete European music history. Qualia is soothing, harmonic and transporting. Within his framework, Weatherall knocks those frames out of place from time to time. When a song goes to much in one direction a new melody or a new instrument steps in to redirect and surprise the listener. This album is the perfect soundtrack to a road trip inside your own, ever-changing inner landscape. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Weatherall does it once again, and smashes out a refined and perfectly measured suite of cosmic electronic excursions, infused with the melodicism and songwriting prowess of a classic indie anthem. Will he ever make a bad record? It certainly doesn't look like it.

Heart People

Homecoming Remixes EP - Inc. Andrew Weatherall / Tolouse Low Trax / Mr TC Remixes

Multi-talented Australian duo Heart People hit us up with a top remix 12" on Hole In The Sky, enlisting ALFOS master Andy Weatherall, Dusseldorf techno-druid Tolouse Low Trax and Mr TC to offer their own interpretations of a trio of Heart People originals.
The collaborative project of Canyons member Ryan Grieve (also the man who introduced the wider world to Tame Impala and Pond) and international model, designer and mixed media artist Rachel Rutt, Heart People craft a unique and expansive sound that incorporates elements of dance music with emotive vocals and lyrics.
Chug guv'nor Andy Weatherall fires up the air cannon and phaser for his acid laced rework of "Voices", layering Rutt's FX laden vocals way above a snapping, jacking acid techno groove. Employ the smoke and strobe folks, this one's a mauler. Flip the disc and enter Detlef's domain with the Drahcira's Last Dance Mix of "Oceans". As you'd expect from the Kreidler man, this is some primo pitch black witching hour shit, born out of haunted drum machines, nagging guitar and dark, sticky synthlines. The occasional burst of Rutt's twisted vocals offer us a brief chance at redemption, before we're tossed back into the pit. It falls to Mr TC to take us home and the Glasgow producer duly obliges with a ketty mid tempo house mix driven into the heart of the dancefloor by a sinister funk bassline. It's a keeper!


Yello's "Frautonium", the first track from their award winning album receives the remix treatment here from the most rock n roll man in dance music - Andrew Weatherall. Four, very different mixes covering electro, house, minimal and cosmic stylings with a bonus ambient mix from Ian Tregoning. We kick off in 'warehouse' mode, as Weatherall drops some thick and chunky beats across "Fraitoniums" more memorable hooks and stems. Poised and steady, like his infamous ALFOS DJ sets, Weatherall's rich dub-fx are strewn across the robo-chug and littered with bursts of white noise and swirling synth juices. The 'Half-life" mix follows and is more stripped back, bleepy and radioactive. It still occupies space in the warehouse, but more towards the latter end of the session when energy levels have dissipated and it's more about head music, with a non-linear, explorative arrangement further drilling the message home. The 'Battery' mix sees an industrialized refix which pushes the metallic fx swirls to the forefront of the mix and propels via a steady, mechanized beat. Dark and possessing the most sci-fi elements out of the versions on offer here it finds a natural home at Manchester's Gesamtkunstwerk club night at Islington Mill. Finally, side D sees Weatherall's 'Reactor' mix - a suitable title for something that seems suspended in a massive nuclear reactor, hissing and fizzing from its unnatural, unearthly core. Alongside this is Ian Tregoning's ambient mix of "Lombok" - a gentle and cerebral respite from the biting and quite visceral body music preceding it; it makes a comforting end to what can at times be a challenging journey.
Limited edition of 1,000 copies and released only in the UK as a double 12”. No digital to follow.


FORMAT INFORMATION

2x12" Info: *ONE COPY FOUND*

BP Fallon & David Holmes

Henry McCullough (Andrew Weatherall Remixes)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    “I received a phone call from BP Fallon the day before Henry McCullough’s funeral. He was heart broken having lost his dear friend and asked if he could stay at mine after returning from the funeral. When I picked him up from the train station he asked me if he returned early enough to record something. I started working on the music that day, then I had an idea which was to record something about Henry and their relationship. When BP returned that evening I sat him down in front of the microphone and this happened in one take! We both knew we captured a very special moment that couldn’t have been created at any other moment - magic.” - David Holmes 2016

    White vinyl with unique gold and black colour splatter along with a gold screen printed reflective ‘mirrorball’ sleeve.


    If ‘Convenanza’, released in February, was a distillation of all Andrew Weatherall’s influences in one place then ‘Consolamentum’ takes that instinct a step further. Here he invites friends old and new to rework the tracks from Convenanza in their own style.

    On board are redoubtable musical architects such as David Holmes (under his new ‘Unloved’ guise), Justin Robertson (wearing his ‘Deadstock 33s’ hat) and the legendary Bernard Fevre of Black Devil Disco Club notoriety.
    Leading the charge by the new guard are Heretic, Red Axes, Solar Bears and Vox Low whose tracks have twisted into existence a quiet storm on ALFOS nights.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: A veritable Smörgåsbord of remixes from a plethora of talented acts from all over the electronic spectrum. From smooth and satisfying grungy acid-house stormers to astral swarming cosmic 'tron, this has something for everyone. A varied but reassuringly cohesive whole. What a trip.

    Irish electronic duo Solar Bears - fresh from releasing their critically acclaimed third album ‘Advancement’ earlier this year - receive the remix treatment from seminal DJ, producer and IDM techno forefather Andrew Weatherall. 

    Reimagining ‘Separate From The Arc’, ‘Advancement’s’ climactic, swirling and masterfully cathartic closer, Weatherall delivers a leftfield, darker-toned re-shift that preserves the track’s central energy whilst propagating and expanding its percussive elements via glitched-out rhythms and syncopated nuances.

    "Convenanza" is the sound of Andrew Weatherall looking back at the clutter of a life thoroughly lived and realising it’s too late to tidy it up in any meaningful way. It would be marvellous to throw out lines about the artist exploring the periphery of his musical vision or redrawing the boundary between confrontational electronica and a fondness for a decent melody. That would however indicate some kind of preconceived plan or, failing that, a musical objective which shaped the record. Even serendipity would suggest a more organised approach to the album than was actually the case. Many years of listening to music with a unique ear has resulted in the disordered cabinet of highlights, touchstones, revelations and half recalled good times that make up being Lord Sabre.

    Andrew and his long time fellow recusant Nina Walsh met up in her studio following their enjoyable collaboration as The Woodleigh Research Facility with a view to "doing something" and started tinkering around with the bare bones of some rhythm, top lines and loose vocal meanderings Nina had had sitting on the shelf for a while. Andrew yanked and pulled at the threads and added lyrical ideas until the ghosts of songs started to emerge. Refusing to concern themselves with any kind of structure, they scarpered when tedium threatened and let the music do what it wanted. Sometimes it took a sharp left turn; sometimes it dropped any pretensions of a tune and made do with a wonky groove and at other times simply disintegrated. The post funk punk rhythm of "Frankfurt Advice" takes a deep breath but soldiers on when the disquieting sound of the trumpet playing in the next room intrudes and remains firmly in control despite momentarily stumbling over an unruly guitar. The self-assured top line of "The Confidence Man" collapses in on itself and the loosened beats enjoy a gentle unrestrained boogie atop the solid bassline before the vocal’s final hymnic retreat. Is this sounding incoherent, an uncomfortable disjointed mess? It’s no more so than you’d get dipping arbitrarily into a life or trying to describe any long relationship. Being untidy is allowed; in fact it is to be celebrated as it reflects more truly the jumble of moments any of us experience at the best of times and we all recognise can never be caught on the page. The upside of this promiscuous attitude to music is the sheer joy when it all comes into focus on "We Count Our Sins"… The trumpet returns but this time it’s the soaring spirit of the song which strains against a deeply anchored bassline. The message of abandonment in the verse is thwarted by the obstinate optimism of the key refrain and there’s a sense of resolution as the song ends and melds into the blissful "Thirteenth Night".

    That Andrew has grasped random thoughts, memories and life markers then assembled them so they become such a satisfying musical voyage is a testament to a mind that can draw pictures in the air but still has trouble finding the on-off button on his laptop.


    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    In The Heat Of The Moment (Andrew Weatherall / Toydrum Dub Remixes)

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      This exclusive 12" for Record Store Day is limited edition and feature remixes of the single 'In The Heat Of The Moment' by Andrew Weatherall and Toydrum. Previously unreleased, this is the first time these critically acclaimed remixes are available on vinyl. Noel is a supporter of Record Store Day and says "Record shops are as important as the records themselves".

      Primal Scream give us the first taster for upcoming album 'More Light' (due in mid-May). '2013' sees the band back at their angry best, with politics at the forefront of the lyrics and a fierce barrage of feedback-laden psychedelic indie-rock for the nine minute-long backing track. Co-produced by David Holmes, who was also behind the band's 2000's sonic blitzkrieg 'XTRMNTR'. There's also some skyscraping guitar work from MBV's Kevin Shields during the chorus adding to the intense layered feel of the track.

      Andrew Weatherall strips the track back and turns in a couple of chugging electro-dance remixes, pinning feedback, treated vocals, those guitars and other elements of the original to a motorik chug. Includes vocal and dub versions for your dancefloor.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Epic, state-of-the-nation adress that takes its heady cues from late 70s Hawkwind / Hawklords. Hard-hitting but dead catchy: it's a monster!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 12" Info: 1 COPY FOUND!

      Primal Scream give us the first taster for upcoming album 'More Light' (due in mid-May). '2013' sees the band back at their angry best, with politics at the forefront of the lyrics and a fierce barrage of feedback-laden psychedelic indie-rock for the nine minute-long backing track. Co-produced by David Holmes, who was also behind the band's 2000's sonic blitzkrieg 'XTRMNTR'. There's also some skyscraping guitar work from MBV's Kevin Shields during the chorus adding to the intense layered feel of the track.

      Andrew Weatherall strips the track back and turns in a couple of chugging electro-dance remixes, pinning feedback, treated vocals, those guitars and other elements of the original to a motorik chug. Includes vocal and dub versions for your dancefloor.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      12" Info: Limited white label pressing.

      Ministry Of Sound's new "Masterpiece" series brings us compilations by legends from the world of music that have a story to tell through their own influences and inspirations. A series like no other that really holds its compilers in serious high regard. For the latest offering the "Masterpiece" series welcomes Andrew Weatherall to the fold.

      Andrew Weatherall's history goes back to the beginning of the UK acid house scene, having swung gigs for himself at Danny Rampling's legendary Shoom night off the back of the sort of eclectic sounds Andrew later showcased on his compilation for Nuphonic - "9 O'Clock Drop". Productions and remixes on the Boys Own record label, DJ gigs at a string of London club nights (Blood Sugar, Circulation and of course Sabresonic), plus his production on Primal Scream's "Screamadelica", have all cemented his legendary status on the alt-dance scene.

      For this triple CD / triple LP compilation Weatherall's choices are as eclectic as ever, taking in a plethora of his own sought-after remixes, chugging acid house, old school Balearic gems, cosmic disco, techno and much more.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Philippa says: A triple mix CD by Andrew Weatherall celebrating the sounds of his current Love From Outer Space club nights. Packed with his own reworks and other house and Balearic anthems, this is a must-have.


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