One of Andrew Weatherall’s closest friends and collaborators, Sean Johnston, has made a new hour-long mix paying tribute to The Guv’nor to mark the second anniversary of his passing and the release of new film Sail We Must.
Sean and Andrew first met at a house party in South London in 1989, at the height of the Second Summer of Love and went on to work closely together over the next three decades, including co-founding the club night and DJ duo A Love From Outer Space.
Their style, described as “an oasis of slow in a world of increasing velocity”, won hearts and minds, honing in on measured, psychedelic sounds and lifting dancefloors towards the stratosphere.
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Sean fondly recalls memories of his times spent with Andrew in Sail We Must, a new short film from Irish creative agency The Tenth Man that gives an insight into Andrew’s life from multiple perspectives and tells the origin story of the inspiring mantra he adopted — Fail We May, Sail We Must — after a chance encounter with a young fisherman from Cork. A phrase Sean describes succinctly as meaning: “We might fuck this up lads but we’re gonna give it a go anyway.”
The film also features archival interview footage from the straight-talking Guv’nor, including discussion of his belief that the dancefloor is a place for spiritual ceremony, despite that comment being “maybe a tad blasphemous for some people”.
Sean Johnston’s tribute ‘Sail We May’ mix taps into that transcendent experience he and Andrew became masters of curating.
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Speaking about the mix, Sean says: “Trying to condense 30 years of musical heritage into a 60 minute mix with a talent like Andrew's is like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Over the three decades that I knew him I was a fan, a friend and eventually partner in A Love From Outer Space. The body of work he left behind runs into many, many hundreds of tracks and covers just about every musical genre known to humanity (which of course reflects his relentless creative curiosity and spirit). I decided in the end not to overthink it, and just to roll with a concoction of my favourites, and, as Andrew would have said, tried not to make the joins too obvious…”
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One Dove - Fallen - Nancy & Lee Mix - Boys Own Productions
Mugwump Feat. Mungolian Jet Set And Ost & Kjex – Until You're Worth It (Andrew Weatherall Remix) - Subfield Records
St Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (AW's A Mix of Two Halves) Heavenly Recordings
Andrew Weatherall - The Moton 5 - Moton Records
Confidence Man - Out of The Window (Andrew Weatherall Remix) Heavenly Recordings
Craig Bratley ft Danielle Moore - Play The Game (Weatherall Remix) Magic Feet
Daniel Avery - Movement (Weatherall Remix) - Throne of Blood
Espiritu - Bonita Mañana (Sabres Of Paradise Remix) - Heavenly Recordings
Marius Circus - I Feel Space (AW Unreleased Dub) In The Garden Records
Phil Kieran - Find Love (AW Remix) - Hot Creations Records
Mark Lanegan - Beehive (AW Remix - Heavenly Recordings
Fuck Buttons Sweet Love For Planet Earth (AW Remix) ATP Recordings