Sunday 25 June 2017

Mogwai get a little help from their friends

Album Review: Mogwai, A Wrenched Virile Lore (Rock Action)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Over the course of 15 years, Mogwai have redrawn the lines of post-rock with Stuart Braithwaite and friends delivering squalled, caterwauling guitars and thrilling walls of noise.

Despite what you might think from its title, this remix album does not ratchet the amps up another notch. Instead, a host of Mogwai associates take the songs from one of the band's best albums, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, and reworks them thoroughly.

And, for the most part, the emphasis is on nuance and texture.

RM Hubbert works wonders on Mexican Grand Prix, reimagining the song as a gentle folk number, while one of Hardcore's highlights, Rano Pano, is given a clubby overhaul thanks to Klad Hest's inventive drum'n'bass.

Key tracks Rano Pano; Mexican Grand Prix

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