This month’s Electronic Sound cover star is Andrew Weatherall – pictured during the early days of his illustrious career – and we have an exclusive white vinyl seven-inch featuring two magnificently wonky tracks from his Woodleigh Research Facility project to accompany the issue. It’s hard to believe that it is almost four years since Weatherall died, robbing the electronic music world of one of its brightest, sharpest and most unique talents. Next week sees the release of his final recordings in the form of Woodleigh Research Facility’s ‘Phonox Nights’ album and we have spoken to his WRF partner Nina Walsh for our cover story, which is a celebration of Weatherall as an artist, a producer and a remixer. We are also reprinting his first interview with the music press, which he gave to Melody Maker just before the release of Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’ in 1991, a record he masterminded following his pioneering remixes of tracks like ‘Loaded’ and ‘Higher Than The Sun’.
There’s a whole stack of other great reading elsewhere in the magazine, including features on Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Martin Rev, Emma Anderson, Gavin Bryars, Teeth Of The Sea, Hyperdawn and Vic Mars. Phew! We also have a piece on a new outfit bringing together drummers Lol Tolhurst and Budgie, best known for their work with The Cure and Siouxsie And The Banshees respectively, with hotshot producer and Telefís man Jacknife Lee. And you can’t go wrong with supergroups, can you? Not this time anyway.
We’re bundling this issue with an exclusive white vinyl seven-inch from Woodleigh Research Facility, the left-field electronica project Andrew Weatherall started with his long-time collaborator Nina Walsh in 2015. The A-side of the record is the weighty and spooky ‘Yaldabaoth’, an ace slice of cosmic techno-funk named after a gnostic god, while the flip is the bubbling and sizzling ‘Milky Pond’, a title Walsh says was inspired by Weatherall’s favourite incense burner. Both of these tracks were on a download collection issued via the WRF Bandcamp page a few weeks after Weatherall died in early 2020, but this is the first time they have been released in a physical format.
As with all our music releases, this seven-inch is strictly limited and is only available to readers of Electronic Sound, so be sure to get your copy straight away.