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DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall's early contributions to England's rave scene were extremely influential, but that doesn't mean you should waste your time listening to them. Weatherall's production ideas helped initiate Primal Scream's short-lived dalliance with dance culture in the early 90s and inspired the exploding Manchester scene; he remixed their hit "Loaded" and contributed heavily to their breakthrough album, Screamadelica. When the band got bored with raves and decided they'd rather be the Rolling Stones, Weatherall formed Sabres of Paradise, a dull, populist techno group that cracked England's top 40. His most interesting work came in 1996, when the Sabres broke up and he formed Two Lone Swordsmen with his ex-bandmate Keith Tenniswood. On their terrific U.S. debut, Stay Down (Matador/Warp), the busy electronic rhythms are muffled by a murkiness that explains the deep-sea divers pictured on the cover. Floating past the beats are rubbery bass patterns, melancholy synth tunes, and frenetic bleeps, squiggles, and squelches that deliver a sensuous feeling of dislocation particularly appropriate to a groggy Sunday morning. Weatherall makes his Chicago debut with this DJ gig--a setting his recent records don't favor. But considering his longevity and his popularity behind the decks in England, it's probably worth checking out just the same. Saturday, 10 PM, Karma, 318 W. Grand; 312-321-1331. PETER MARGASAK

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Tim Kent.

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