Bank Holiday Monday’s Long Songs

Andrew Weatherall’s back catalogue (his productions, own material, remixes and collaborations) is so vast that I keep re- discovering things I’d forgotten about. In 2017 he remixed an Australian duo called Heart People, Rachel Rutt and Ryan Grieve. The internet doesn’t give much away about them- an interview with i-D Magazine in 2015 and a handful of releases in 2017. Weatherall’s remix is a fast moving, sci- fi affair, lots of rattling snare drums and acid squiggles and bleeps with Rachel’s vocals layered over the top. Weatherall remixed fellow Australians Confidence Man at the same time (twice in fact, Bubblegum in 2017 and ecstatic Out The Window a year later). He took an annual DJing jaunt to Oz around that time so I’m guessing the Heart People connection came via one of those trips. The remix has bags of energy and should kick start your morning if you’re looking for something to plug you back in.

Voices (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

In 2014 while still during his Asphodells project with Timothy J. Fairplay they remixed She Lies, a  Berlin post- punk disco band- the internet again offering up little more in the way of information or background. This sounds very like a version of Berlin in the early 80s but with Weatherall and Fairplay’s trademark drum machine rhythms and some lovely wobbly synth sounds and pulsing bassline. Waves of hypnotic sound and chilly, detached vocals. Sehr gut.

Needed You (Asphodells Remix)

Remix Exchange

I found this again recently, a very smart piece of digital dub from 2013. Group Rhoda is/was the solo electronic project for Oakland, California artist Mara Barenbaum. King was a track on Group Rhoda’s 12th House album (the original version of King is available from Bandcamp here). It was remixed by The Asphodells. Weatherall and Fairplay set the controls for the heart of the bass frequencies, echo- drenched bleeps punctuate the synths and Mara’s vocals ride over the top.

King (Asphodells Remix)

Group Rhoda returned the favour, the second leg of a remix exchange, by reworking Another Lonely City from The Asphodells only album Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Love. There were a bunch of remixes of tracks from Ruled By Passion… from the likes of Phil Kieran, Justin Robertson, Ivan Smagghe, Hardway Bros, Daniel Avery, Richard Sen and Scott Fraser, all released as a companion album. Played back to back these pair of remixes complement each other really well (unsurprisingly) and give you ten minutes of digital dubbed out pleasure for Saturday.

Another Lonely City (Group Rhoda Remix)

 

The Circular Path

This came out back in 2013 to little fanfare which is a shame as it’s a rather good remix job done by Weatherall and Fairplay on Justin Robertson’s Deadstock 33s, a sort of hypnotic, space age, techno remix. Some lovely melodies reveal themselves set off against the breakbeat. Best description I can manage right now.

The Circular Path (Asphodells Remix)

Audrey In Dub

A chance back-to-back playing of two Weatherall tunes on the pod in the car led me to thinking about what an Andrew Weatherall dub compilation album might look like. Much of his work is to a greater or lesser degree informed by dub and dub production but from his earliest remixes through Sabres Of Paradise and into the recent solo work and the Asphodells there are plenty of pretty much pure dubwise tunes that work really well together burnt onto a disc or compiled on a playlist. These ones work at the moment for me and in this order.

S.O.P ‘Ysaebud’ (a one sided 7″ single from 1994, credited as S.O.P. From The Vaults)
Saint Etienne ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ A Mix Of Two Halves
Sabres Of Paradise ‘Edge 6’ (B-side of Theme 12″)
New Order ‘Regret’ Sabres Slo ‘n’ Lo Mix
Sabres Of Paradise ‘RSD’
The Orb Perpetual Dawn Ultrabass II
Sabres Of Paradise ‘Return Of Carter’ (B-side of Theme 12″)
Steve Mason ‘Boys Outside’ Dub Mix 1
Madness ‘The Death Of A Rude Boy’ Andrew Weatherall Remix
Group Rhoda ‘King’ Asphodells Remix
Two Lone Swordsmen ‘As Worldly Pleasures Wave Goodbye’ (from Stay Down- this isn’t really dub per se, it’s just a lovely way to close the album)

Ysaebud

King (Asphodells remix)

What Are We Doing Here?

That was fortuitous- two days ago I posted C.A.R.’s new single Glock’d and yesterday The Asphodells remix appeared on Soundcloud. Ten minutes long with a slo-mo electro-glam stomp, a massive wobbly two note bassline, some 80s atmospherics and a cool vocal on top. There’s a really great guitar riff at around six minutes fifty where the whole thing shifts a bit. I like this a lot- it beats wondering whether that dress is black and blue or gold and white.

Weatherallbomb

I haven’t finished my 2014 list yet- apologies for the tardiness, I know you’re all waiting eagerly for my annual run down. As a sort of pre-list, a bowl of soup before the main course, here’s a list of Andrew Weatherall’s best remixes of 2014. A top nine (to the best of my knowledge there have only been nine remixes this year, which makes 2014 a bit of a quiet year for Lord Sabre). The links will take you to either Youtube or Soundcloud. I can’t give away nine downloads in one post. Disappointingly to date only two of these have had a vinyl release, another two are available on cds. The internet only remix trailer is a sign of the times.
9. Primal Scream ‘Goodbye Johnny’ Andrew Weatherall’s Nyabinghi Noir Mix
Dark and unsettling, stripped back with a sax and guitar stabs.
8. Noel Gallagher ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ Andrew Weatherall Remix
Big and with bells. Noel arrives briefly at four minutes in.
7. Blue Rondo a la Turk ‘Klactofilthedstein’ Andrew Weatherall’s Mixling
Techno remodelling of 80s jazz-funk. Better than that sounds.
6. She Lies ‘Needed You’ The Asphodells Remix
Lovely electro remix of Berliners.
5. Atari Teenage Riot ‘J One M One’ Andrew Weatherall Remix
Arpeggiator set to full, long and well worth it.
4. Richard Sen ‘Songs Of Pressure’ The Asphodells Remix
Stoned dub.
3. Group Rhoda ‘King’ The Asphodells Remix
Digital dub.
2. Sam Roberts Band ‘We’re All In This Together’ Andrew Weatherall Remix
Insistent drum machine, long with some gorgeous keening sounds.
1. Dayglo Maradona ‘Rock Section’ Andrew Weatherall Remix
Nine minutes fifty three of bliss, taking Julian Cope’s fictional baggy band and sending them home.

Prejoy

This off cut from The Asphodells sneaked out a while ago on a compilation album- gas powered drum machine and some of those lovely mournful, keening sounds Weatherall uses a lot at the moment. I’ve no idea what the title means.

Prejoy (Barbaric Splendour Version)