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LA Spark

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  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memetune
  • ASIN: B00JEFJ26A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Theme from Wrangler
2. Lava Land
3. LA Spark
4. Mus IIC
5. Space Ace
6. Harder
7. Modern World
8. Peace and Love

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Opening with a single repeated note beamed from an analogue basement studio in Shoreditch, London, Wrangler's debut album LA Spark reclaims lost technology to make new themes for the modern world. Wrangler consists of Stephen Mallinder, best known for his pioneering work with Cabaret Voltaire, Phil Winter of Tunng and Lone Taxidermist, plus the founder of Memetune studios and synth obsessive Benge. His studio's synth-rammed walls have created an environment where sounds are ripped from a golden era of analogue electronic music to create forward-looking, new music. Wrangler formed in the wires of Memetune - a post-LCD, Factory Floor-ed electronic funk machine with VHS tape distortion in its eyes but also capable of sleekness and beauty in the stripped back beats. The tracks range from the satellite bleep and lonely synth melody of Theme From Wrangler to the alien carnival rhythms of Modern World and the ambient Peace And Love (originally recorded for Tate Modern's Summer 2012 programme Tweet-Me-Up ). In between there's Lava Land all masked, half-gargoyle vocals and primitive drum machines; the gliding, noir and neon of the title-track La Spark and urgent, pulsing floor-filler of Harder . There are ghosts and echoes of Mallinder's previous work in Cabaret Voltaire in these songs, especially in the vocals and lyrics, which run like his own internal movie. But the Cabs era it recalls is the unfairly neglected 1983 1985, when they released the likes of The Crackdown and Micro-Phonies. Oddly enough this period has been getting re-discovered and re-evaluated via a recent Mute box set, just as Wrangler started mixing this new EP for release in early 2014. Sometimes the landscape changes and you can find yourself in the right place at the right time through a mixture of luck and instinct . . .A closer look at the personnel: - Benge has been releasing pure electronic recordings from his London based electronic studio hub for many years, such as 2008's 20 Systems (Expanding Records: www.hardformat.org/787/benge-twenty-systems/) and as John Foxx & The Maths (Metamatic Records: www.johnfoxxandthemaths.com/). Phil Winter has been recording, playing and DJ'ing for a number of years and is a member of Lone Taxidermist (www.facebook.com/lonetaxidermist) andTunng who released their fifth studio album Turbines (Full Time Hobby: www.tunng.co.uk/) in 2013. Stephen Mallinder has a long history in music, most notably as founder member of Cabaret Voltaire, who just reissued their Collected Works 1983-85 (Mute: http://mute.com/mute/8385-collected-works-1983-1985-box-set-release-out-4-november) to critical acclaim and recently with Ku-Ling Bros. and Hey Rube, with Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia). film clip: http://vimeo.com/67225242 Remixes: They have recently remixed John Foxx and the Maths: Shatterproof ; Bomb the Bass, Time Falls Apart and Section 25: Looking From a Hilltop . LIVE: Sat 11th Jan with Eric Random at Band On The Wall, Manchester. [Live shows are a collaboration with film maker Dan Conway]. Wrangler Live Audio Gold, London July 2012 www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfoVTtoIILU www.youtube.com/watch?v=31Zt7EcuF18

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilson on 11 May 2014
Being a fan of The Maths (ie BengeBen Edwards) and his melodic solo work, the combination with Mal from Cabs was one that needed investigation. And boy does it work well!!

The first reviewer has done an excellent job, and this is so Cabs in the vocal sense (early 80s when Mal's vox became more treated and twisted, right up to the more vocal tracks on Body and Soul/Colours EP). The instrumentation is also spot on and minimal to just the right degree, with some dance-floor stompers thrown in for good measure. The menace is still there, but with a subtle disguise that the other 2 members have cleverly crafted with him.

Rich H Kirk still produces some great solo material, though not all of the time, and once Mal stopped adding vocals Cabs ceased to feel like, well, Cabs. This release goes a long way to fill the void, and whilst a genuine Cabs reunion is extremely unlikely, its great to have Mal back in recordings that sound fresh, yet warmly retro, and make up an album that was well worth the wait!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2014
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Wrangler comprise (former Cabaret Voltaire frontman) Stephen Mallinder, Ben Edwards and Phil Winter. It's true to say that Wrangler do sound a lot like the Cabs - even borrowing the odd lyric ("Broken bodies, broken toys") and there is maybe one track on the album that is too close to the CV template ("Lava Land"). Other than that, this album pulls of the difficult feat of sounding futuristic and retro at the same time, thanks mainly to the group having, what sounds like, a host of expensive antique synths at their disposal.

I liked the Cabs last three LPs ("Plasticity", "International Language", "The Conversation") but I did miss Mallinder's vocals (since those records were almost entirely instrumental). Listening to "LA Spark" then, is a lot like a new Cabaret Voltaire album from their 1980s heyday. When, on the title track, you hear Mallinder's hissed out "I don't need this intonation/Answering your ****ing questions" - it's like a welcome home. And then there's the LP's killer track "Harder": "Harder, sharper, always smarter" whispers/sings Stephen to a Kraftwerkian rhythm. Guaranteed to move just about any dance floor.

If you're wondering what period of Cabaret Voltaire this CD sounds like, it does in fact cover almost the whole spectrum, from "Nag Nag Nag" to "Body and Soul". None of this praise is to diminish the work of Mal's former CV partner Richard H. Kirk who is (also) a genius, it's just that it's good to have that voice back. Nor do I mean to shift the focus from Ben Edwards and Phil Winter - this record sounds fantastic - particularly the subtle analogue sounds.

As a long-standing fan of Cabaret Voltaire I was always going to buy "LA Spark" even though I wasn't too sure what to expect. But in fact Wrangler have come up with one of my favourites of 2014 so far.
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Stunning new electronic album sounding like a cross between John Foxx & Cabaret Voltaire. Not surprising due to the line up including member of Cabaret Voltaire and The Maths who have worked a lot with John Foxx.

It's not a long album due to it being devised for vinyl but every track is a gem.

Screaming synths and vocoded vocals stand out a mile and although retro in style, very modern in freel.

In my opinion a beautiful and cool album. If you like electronic and you enjoy the above artists then this release will be right up your street.
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By Amazon Customer on 11 Dec. 2014
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Modern analogue sythns at its very best. Benge is the future........as John Foxx was in 1979.
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My album of the year so far!
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