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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.

Nancy Noise

Kaia / Azizi's Dance : The Remixes - Inc. Andrew Weatherall / Leo Mas & Fabrice / Project Paradise Remixes)

Nancy Noise passes the mantle onto Andrew Weatherall and a motley crew of Balearic prophets to deliver four very special cuts for the second release of brand new imprint Beyond Paradise. Nancy's debut outing warranted Weatherall taking time out from tapping Émile Zola's echoes out of the walls and exhuming prehistoric musical scripture to conjure up not one but two remixes of the sleek number "Azizi's Dance'. The guv'nor sets his magic hands to work on Nancy's sunset fantasy and delivers a stomping rendition flecked with proto-house sensibilities. On his second remix Weatherall takes a friskier approach for some headmash disco fun, akin to an early morning romp through sun-kissed Mediterranean archipelagos. On the flip, downtempo veterans Leo Mas & Fabrice notch the tempo gauge down to a low cruise and give 'Kaia' the six am treatment it deserves. Finally, label boss Craig Christon and maestro Tim Hutton try their hands at "Azizi's Dance" on the Project Paradise remix. The duo up the Latin factor, adorning the track with Brazilian shakes and a layer of lush, sea-soaked vocal whispers courtesy of new talent Gabriella Alfoldi. An earthy Bassline goes dancing with piano lines as the track builds up to a sublime guitarra crescendo. Float on friends, float on...

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Hot on the heels of Nancy's gorgeous and glorious vinyl debut we get a well measured set of remixes from ALFOS commander Andrew Weatherall and Balearic dreamers Leo Mas, Fabrice and Project Paradise. The A-side chugs with true cosmic flair before the flipside drifts into the sunset. Muy bien!

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!


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

    Where The City Meets The Sky: Chasing Yesterday - Inc. Andrew Weatherall, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, David Holmes, Psychemagik, 3D & Toydrum Remixes

    This 11 track double pack 12"  (with CD version included) brings together the best remixes of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds by Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, Andrew Weatherall, Toydrum, and Massive Attack’s 3D and includes three previously unreleased reworks by David Holmes and Psychemagik.

    So, what do we get? Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve stick closest to the NGHFB originals on their dreamy psych reworks of 'Ballad Of The Mighty I' and 'Riverman' (both featured as vocal and instrumental versions), while Andrew Weatherall gets furthest away with his chugging Balearic house version of 'In The Heat Of The Moment'. Psychemagik offer a typically cosmic disco variation on 'The Right Stuff ', with Massive Attack's Robert '3D' Del Naja giving the same track an atmospheric dowmneat overhaul (over two versions). On side D David Holmes gets in a library music mood with his takes on 'The Girl With The Xray Eyes' (vocal and instrumental mixes), and Toydrum (UNKLE memebers Pablo Clements and James Griffith) bring up the rear with an epic rock / breaks version of 'In The Heat Of The Moment'.

    The EP is released as a limiited edition double heavyweight vinyl.

    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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