Release Date: Oct 14, 2016
Record label: Memetune
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
All the members of industrial icons Cabaret Voltaire are still in action. Richard H Kirk continues to push out wonky electronica, and Chris Watson is now best known for his engaging work in field recordings. Voltaire and Wrangler singer Stephen Mallinder represents the ever-so slightly more accessible output of the Sheffield axis. Here Mallinder dallies with Phill Winter from bonced folkies Tunng, John Foxx collaborator and MemeTune label owner Benge (providing some Derrick May-esque synth swoops) and (on one track) Manchester-based Warp act LoneLady.
The 2014 release of Wrangler's debut album LA Spark was something of an event. The record was widely praised for its analogue warmth and for the equal amounts of groove and paranoia it held, which Q summed up as “music you can dance to while looking over your shoulder.” And, though Wrangler was all of that, for many a reviewer the trio was essentially nothing more than the long awaited new project by Cabaret Voltaire's Stephen Mallinder: this was the event. The music was compared to the dark and innovative electro that was mid-to-late-80s Cabs, resulting in tacit affectations to a kind of “comeback” being made continuously.