Andrew Weatherall: The Master of ’90s Remixes


4. Sabers of Paradise, Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)
A chillout classic that may have found its way onto an endless list of compilation albums and travel show soundtracks, but still sounds as fresh as a daisy. Uplifting and moving at the same time, he owed a huge (and uncredited) debt to the underground house pioneer. The new age of faith by LB Bad.

3. Charged, primal scream
Any remixed track on the legendary Screamadelica album could be on this list, especially Come Together and Higher Than the Sun, but without Loaded none of these could have existed. Primal Scream asked Weatherall to remix his track I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have for the unprincely sum of £500. After a first effort in which Weatherall admitted that “basically hung a bass drum below the original”, he broke up the track, keeping around seven seconds of the original’s bassline and slide guitar, and adding everything from vocal samples by American soul group The Emotions to an Italian bootleg drum loop from the song What I by Edie Brickell. I’m with a sampler from the 1966 Peter Fonda film The Wild Angels with frontman Bobby Gillespie singing a line from Robert Johnson’s Terraplane Blues. What emerged from this rebuilding job was Loaded, one of the defining anthems of the era, and a song that turned the tide for Weatherall and the band. (music journalist dorian lynsky has created a wonderful playlist which highlights the inspirations and samples that inspired Weatherall in Screamelica).

2. Happy Mondays, Hallelujah (Paul Oakenfold & Andrew Weatherall mix)
One of the defining tracks for Manchester’s Hacienda club in the ’90s, this remix helped propel baggy and indie-dance into the mainstream. The slow, pulsing, trance-like rhythm clocked in at 98 bpm, but the sound was relentless. A dub mix of the indie song produced by Martin Hannett, Weatherall had upbeat pianos and gospel shouts of “Louder!” they continually slip in and out of the scene, with Shaun William Ryder’s shortest, baggiest lyrics. A remix that was so far ahead of its time that most of us who heard it didn’t know it yet.

one. My Bloody Valentine, Soon (The Andrew Weatherall Mix)
Hailed as one of the greatest remixes of all time, Weatherall made the kings of distortion sound like never before: upbeat and fun. My Bloody Valentine’s 1991 single from the Loveless album was completely reimagined, adding a sample of Dynamic Corvettes’ Funky Music Is The Thing to create a shape-shifting dancefloor monster. He proved that the band didn’t always need an outrageous distortion to wow the audience.

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