Exposé Online banner

Nick Nicely — London South
(Lo, 2015, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-12-14

London South Cover art

The final single coming from nick’s 2014 Space of a Second album is London South. nick is known for his heavily processed lo-fi approach to neo-psychedlia. His new single consists of three versions of “London South.” The first version is nick’s and it sounds a bit cleaner than the version on Space of a Second and it is also one second shorter. So I am guessing that he may have manipulated things a bit for the single. The song takes you on a racing journey through the London Underground with lots of feedback, reverb, and slow synth chord washes. His vocals are down in the mix, but you can understand them. Overall the mood is dark and depressing, something David Lynch would love. The second version is a remix by Grasscut that clocks in at 4:10, about 10 seconds shorter than the original. Grasscut changed the whole dynamic of the song, the vocals jump out at you with a dash of Blade Runner and Pink Floyd ambiance. The third version is major departure from both versions and runs nearly 15 minutes. This is a remix by Abul Morgard and if you think that nick is a master of processing, check this out. Abul goes to town with a ton of additional studio tricks and the result is totally unrecognizable from the original. The music is slower and the vocals are there just at the edge of consciousness. This version is a drone-fest and reminds me of Nadja. The sound is crisp, not muddy, and you rapidly become immersed as it washes over you. This single is a testament to the creativity of different musicians using the same source material. I really like this single and I know that my opinion will come as a surprise to nick as I had such a negative reaction to Space of a Second.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Nick Nicely, Grasscut

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Stella Maris - To the Promised Land – It can be difficult to review something like this latest offering from Germany’s Stella Maris. The musicians sound so sincere and believe in what they’re doing, and put a great deal of craft and...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues