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Wooden Shjips – “Remixes” – [Thrill Jockey]

Roland Blunt   3/27/2012   12-inch, A Library

Remix EP featuring source material from San Francisco psych-rock band Wooden Shjips…guitarist Erik “Ripley” Johnson, bassist Dusty Jermier, organist Nash Whalen, and percussionist Omar Ahsanuddin…whose collective sounds hark back to the driving, melodic, minimalist, ethereal transmissions of Hawkwind, The Velvet Underground, The Soft Machine, Loop, Spacemen 3

Side A/Track 1 – remix of “Crossing”, from 2011 album West, by producer Andrew Weatherall (previous collaborations w/ Paul Oakenfold, New Order, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine)…a techno-dance interpretation featuring electronic drums, pitch-shifted vocals, manic synth, and sticky-sweet bass.

Side A/Track 2 – mash up of sounds from West by Sonic Boom (Peter Kember of Spacemen 3/Spectrum/E.A.R)…a swirling fog of sonic boomage inspired while Kember was mastering the West album, as well as recognizing the influence of Red Krayola on the band’s sound.

Side B/Track 1 – collaboration w/ Kandodo (Simon Price from The Heads)…sound bed provided by “Ripley” Johnson, with additional instrumentation/production by Price…entrancing, almost a locked groove feel.

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