31st July 2020
(Microcorps Mutant Mix IV)
Wrangler – aka Stephen Mallinder, Benge and Phil Winter – have shared two new remixes. The two-track release sees Deadenz and MICROCORPS give the remix treatment to ‘Rhizomatic’, taken from their latest album, A Situation, out now on Bella Union.
Tech house DJ Terry Francis and Wrangler’s Phil Winter combine forces on the Deadenz mix, while MICROCORPS is the work of Alexander Tucker who says of the remix, “I’ve been really loving Wrangler’s live shows for the past few years, there’s a great balance of intricate structure alongside these sonic mutant surges. I wanted to make a mix that brings that mutant side to the fore by sampling and re-processing elements of the track using hardware outside of the computer. I also recorded some parts onto tape machines to get degraded and warped textures.”
When Wrangler first formed, they had a very simple modus operandi. The clue was in their name. Ben ‘Benge’ Edwards (The Maths), Stephen ‘Mal’ Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) and Phil Winter (Tunng) would get together with a very select kit list of careworn analogue synthesisers and vintage digital sequencers. Their task? To wrangle new music from the ancient equipment. These self-imposed restrictions helped produced two classic long players: LA Spark (2014) and White Glue (2016).
However, the times have changed and so have Wrangler so the trio have thrown everything into their third album and the result – A Situation – is simultaneously their bleakest and funkiest release to date.
This collection of warm, reverberant, amped up tracks, that land somewhere between future music, synth pop, industrial dance, classic techno and rigid electro, captures the ambiguities of the group perfectly. Just as they use the ageing outmoded equipment that other people once chose to throw away in order to make tomorrow’s music, they are the paranoid group who (just about) dare to hope that things still might turn out OK. They cast a doleful eye across the hellscape of 2020 and state, if the end is truly nigh, then it’s never been more important to celebrate the little time we have left. And if a revolution to save ourselves is possible then we’re all in need of a revolutionary party, with a revolutionary soundtrack to match.
Full Track Streaming:
“Rhizomatic (Deadenz Remix)”
“Rhizomatic (Microcorps Mutant Mix IV)”
album “A Situation” on Bella Union
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