Wranglerâ€™s new remix album features 11 modular synthesizer re-workings of tracks from their 2014 debut album, LA Spark.
Featuring remixes by the likes of Mute founder & The Normalâ€™s Daniel Miller, Chris Carter from Chris & Cosey, Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails) and Scanner, all the artists were sent the same original proposal by Wrangler at the start of the project: â€˜Wrangler would like to ask you to submit an experimental piece of music for inclusion on an album entitled Modular Remix. The idea is very simple. We provide some basic stems from a track selected by you from our debut album LA Spark and you add whatever sounds you like - the only rule being that you use just one analog modular synthesiser system of your choice. We've approached you because we admire your passion and commitment to electronic music, and we hope you will be interested in taking part.â€™
The result is an album which flows across four sides of vinyl, from the locked down electro-dancefloor rhythm of Daniel Millerâ€™s â€˜Theme From Wranglerâ€™, through the darker, brutalist shapes of Chris Carterâ€™s eight minute â€˜Lava Landâ€™ opus and into schizo-synth pop (Dean Honer â€“ I Monster, Eccentronic Research Council), abstract ambient beauty (Alessandro Cortini), dark dub (Solvent) and finally the brooding 14 minute masterpiece of Wranglerâ€™s own remix, â€˜Theme Memeâ€™.
Wrangler are Stephen Mallinder (ex-Cabaret Voltaire), Benge (best known for his album 20 Systems and John Foxx And The Maths) and Phil Winter (Tunng).
Their debut LP, LA Spark was described by Q Magazine as â€˜creepy and brilliant, music you can dance to while looking over your shoulder. The best kind of music.â€™
According to UNCUT, â€˜LA Spark is a compelling listen with former Cabs vocalist sneering on the imperious title track. Heâ€™s still got it.â€™
1. Abul Mogard - Mus IIC
2. Daniel Miller - Theme From Wrangler
3. Steve Moore â€“ Harder
4. Scanner - LA Spark
5. Chris Carter - Lava Land
6. Dean Honer - Space Ace
7. Alessandro Cortini - Modern World
8. Benge - Peace & Love
9. Solvent â€“ Harder
10. David Burraston - Mus IIC
11. Wrangler - Theme Meme