The music industry lost an icon when legendary DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall died suddenly, earlier this week. The influential musician, who was heralded for his remix work in the ‘90s, was just 56 years old when he suffered a pulmonary embolism on February 17th, 2020.
Weatherall gained a reputation as an acid house DJ in the late ’80s, having previously made a name for himself as a contributor to influential dance music zine ‘Boy’s Own’. Remixes for popular artists like Happy Mondays, My Bloody Valentine and Bjork soon followed, but his production on Primal Scream’s 1991 album ‘Screamadelica’ remains his most recognised work. Tracks like ‘Loaded’ cemented his status as a vital link connecting rock and dance music, and the album deservedly won the inaugural Mercury Music Award the following year.
Weatherall was also a member of Blood Sugar, The Asphodells, and perhaps most notably electronic duo Two Lone Swordsmen. Along with its experimental techno precursor Sabres of Paradise, the project was at the centre of a relationship with Warp Records that lasted for over 25 years. Weatherall released his debut solo album ‘A Pox on the Pioneers’ in 2009.
RIP Andy Weatherall.