Review: The latest Emotional Response release provides something very special indeed, in the form of a new track from under the radar psychedelic rock musician Nick Nicely. Nicely has been making music from the 70s onwards, but his music has recently undergone something of a critical reappraisal, with the likes of Robert Wyatt and Robyn Hitchcock supposedly inspired by his work; "Wrottersley Road" provides the ideal entry into his music, a masterful piece of shoegaze pop filled with fuzzed out guitars and Eastern psychedelic tones. Remixes are provided by Invisible Hands, who provide a minimal 80's inspired electro-pop version, which comes saturated in radiophonic textures, and The Oscillation, who take the track into even more abstract ambient territory than the original, deep into a place where time seems to stand still entirely, drawing its rich textures out into infinity.
Review: The THC-abusing hordes who comprise Sleep's fanbase will be relieved to note that this single-sided 12" is very much on the same interstellar wavelength as their previous work in the '90s, in which they gave birth to a metaphysically magnificent stoner sound that followed on from Black Sabbath's lead to spawn a legion of imitators, and absolutely none the worse for that. The colossal riffage of Matt Pike, the devotional chant of Al Cisneros. the rock-solid percussion of Neurosis man and relative new guy Jason Roeder - all add up to a sound not unlike a radio transmission from a planet hurtling to meets its doom in the gravity of an enormous flaming star. Turn on, tune in, burn out.