In the age of the re-invention it may sound like sacrilege to admit that I've never been a lover of remixes. Ruining an otherwise serviceable track by adding loads of unnecessary bells and whistles is not my idea of art or entertainment. There are also far too many remixes which are little more than mutton donning lamb's clothing which has never been a good look. So I approached San Franciscan wierdos Wooden Shjips' three track ep of remixes with that sinking feeling you get when pushing open the door to the dentist's surgery. You know that it's going to hurt but it's something you have to do. The only bright spot among the gloom was that one of the tracks has been remixed by Andrew Weatherall who single-handedly rescued Primal Scream from fey indie hell with his remix of Loaded one of the only examples of a remix actually enhancing a song.

Thankfully Weatherall's remix of 'Crossing' is the first of the three tracks and it's an absolute monster. It makes the original, which I rather liked, sound thin, weedy and a little malnourished. The remix master general transforms it into a meaty, beaty psychedelic dancefloor smash. It's like one of those before and after ads for protein shakes. It's enough to make me think that maybe I'm wrong about remixes and they can actually be a force for good.

For an EP titled Remixes Weatherall's is the only true remix of the three tracks. Sonic Boom's bewildering, headache inducing 'Wiking Stew (aka Red Krayola-ing)' is more a collage of bits of Wooden Shjips' last album West than a remix. The 12 minute long instrumental 'Ursus Maritimus (Last Bear's Lament)' is a new track, a transatlantic collaboration between Shjips Erik "Ripley" Johnson and kandodo (aka Simon Price from English stoner rockers The Heads). Trade Descriptions Act anyone?

Unfortunately neither 'Wiking Stew' or 'Ursus Maritimus' quite live up to Weatherall's tour de force. Sonic Boom's track sounds exactly as you would expect, a Spacemen 3 b-side. The collaboration with Price is a buzzing, clanging, doomy drone rocker that is unlikely to get none Wooden Shjips aficonados on board (I promise that's the only vaguely ship related pun you're getting from me today).

Has Remixes changed my mind on the value of the remix? No it hasn't, I still think that 99% of remixes are rubbish, but I have to admit the impressive 'Crossing' did introduce a smidgeon of doubt.