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Boomkat Product Review:
Dedicated to the memory of John Peel, this collection of BBC recordings features eight tracks originally recorded by Mogwai at Maida Vale for the legendary Peel Sessions (bolstered by two further additions) with the man himself even popping up to introduce the band on the album's opening track. Representative of the kind of ethics Peel held dear, Mogwai are one of those bands which seem to effortlessly combine uncompromising, intellectually motivated intent with eminently listenable output that manages to be both blindingly raw and heart wrenchingly delicate all within the same song. Opening with the Quixotic and enigmatically arranged vocoder epic of 'Hunted', Mogwai consummately prove that having your music co-opted by advertisers (in this case the current FilmFour trailer) doesn't mean it has to lose any of it's force or potency. The song which elevated Mogwai to notoriety, 'King Herod', is here as presented as a blistering, ferocious nineteen minute Beowulf-saga and proves the quiet-loud-quiet-loud-quiet formulae with which they are often mocked does still have the ability to knock you clean out with both it's immutable rage and breathtaking simplicity. Just awesome. Elsewhere, 'New Paths to Helicon PT1' takes shimmering electronic daybreaks and tethers them to axe-wielding guitars and bass which prove Mogwai are still several thousand streets ahead of all immitators while 'Secret Pint' takes the electronica tinged original and bolsters the mournful stings and death-beetle knocks to icy effect. Absolutely killer music - buy without delay.