Boomkat Product Review:
While post-rock may have fizzled to a damp halt years ago, it’s been to Mogwai’s credit that the Scottish survivors have been ever ready to change things up and carry on moving through a music scene that changes so swiftly. This latest collection of remixes is proof that the lads are still up on their tunes, and they’ve managed to rope in a whole gang of able bodies to shake up their sounds and chance upon something brand new. Drone king Tim Hecker’s throbbing rework of ‘Rano Piano’ is probably going to be the one everyone flicks to first, and it’s certainly a triumph, but we’ve also got some corkers from the retro synth set. Zombi, Umberto and Xander Harris all pop up with their typically nuanced dedications to Goblin, Fabio Frizzi and Giorgio Moroder giving Mogwai’s compositions a gnarly horror-afflicted bite they’ve always needed (but likely never thought to remedy). The uber-prolific Justin Broadrick turns in a remix under his own name too and seems totally at home as he pieces together the component parts accenting the drums and bringing back warm memories of Jesu’s scene-changing ‘Silver’. Coming to a close with a glorious slice of melancholy reductionism from MAIN man Robert Hampson, and we’re left with a sense that ‘A Wrenched Virile Lore’ is far from the regular, lazy remix record and has been put together with a bit of care and attention, and not least some respect and reverence from the artists involved. Good stuff all round, and well worth a closer look.