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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memetune
  • ASIN: B00JEFJ26A
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,820 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product description

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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