Legendary musical force Andrew Weatherhall — who produced Primal Scream's seminal album Screamadelica, famously remixed the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Meat Beat Manifesto, and as a DJ helped turn the world on to acid house — has died. He was 56 and suffered a pulmonary embolism. From The Guardian:
Following a young adulthood in the post-punk scene, Weatherall became a key figure in countercultural – and occasionally mainstream – British music after becoming one of the key DJs in the acid house movement of the late 1980s. He was recruited by Danny Rampling to play at London nightclub Shoom, and soon founded the record label Boy's Own Recordings and the production outfit Bocca Juniors.
Further musical projects included the group the Sabres of Paradise, which splintered into the duo Two Lone Swordsmen with Keith Tenniswood, though perhaps his most famous musical work was with Primal Scream on their breakthrough 1991 album Screamadelica. By taking the band's anthemic songwriting and adding samples, loops and the euphoric energy of Ibiza, Weatherall's production made the album one of the most celebrated of the 1990s….
He spoke of the eternal appeal of DJing in a 2016 Guardian interview: "It's quite vampyric, DJing. You're never going to have that feeling of hearing that record for the first time again, but if you look into the eyes of someone who's hearing it for the first time, it's a nice vicarious feeling. But it's not selfish. I think I've never lost that thing I had when I was 12 years old and inviting my mates round to my house. They'd all be copping off with girls and I'm going, 'No, check out this B-side.'"
Absolutely distraught to hear this terrible news. Andrew was a longtime friend, collaborator and one of most talented persons I've known. Also one of the nicest. Genius is an overworked term but I'm struggling to think of anything else that defines him. https://t.co/nWlyE75bL5
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) February 17, 2020