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Kicking A Dead Pig - Mogwai

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Post-rock / Artist: Mogwai / Audio CD released 2001-10-01 at Chemikal Underground

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      13.11.2001 19:42
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      Mogwai are semi-well known or creating some of the most beautiful music around, aswell as for having songs that descend into eardum-threatening noise that sounds like like the end of the world, often at the same time. But did you know you can dance to them? Ok so its been done before, the lets-make-indie-danceable remix album, but this is far from being a case of chuck a dance beat on it and hope it sells, just as much as mogwai are far from 'average' indie. So here we have the fantastic Klute giving summer a 'wierd winter' remix, creating a chilling atmosphere to an original that was far from happy anyway. We get dj q giving 'r u still into it' a chillout/comedown overhall, stripping the original of its vocals. We also get the less-danceable-than-the-original type of remixers, such as surgeon, who mutates 'mogwai fear satan' into a snowball of noise, which would be fine were it not for mogwais own remix of the same song later on, which does pretty much the same without sounding lie a motorbike starting up. We have mogwai's friends and sometime touring partners arab strap, doing a disco megamix of the first few singles, titled 'gwai on 45. And of course for the sonic sadists amoungst the listeners there is alec ampires remix of like herod, which nicks the bassline, changes the timing, and randomly attacks the speakers with scattershot drum 'n bass. Nice. The only problem this album suffers from is that the original songs are too strong for the remixers to improve on them, hence the average mogwai fan will be left cold. Most of the remixes are about as acessable as mogwai themselves, hence preventing new fans joining in on this one, and the remixes are mostly undancable, hence few djs will get any joy out of this one. This is not to say that this is a bad album, just one that will probobly only appeal to the hardcore mogwai fan, which is a real shame, because mogwai are the kind of group that everyone shoud hear, but with t
      his album, that ain't gonna happen. For the hardcore only.

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        06.07.2000 04:09
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        After the release of 'Young Team', (and before the release of 'Come On Die Young'), the band hooked up with dance label Eye Q for the one and only remix project on their songs that they promised that they would ever commision themselves too, and even though Mogwai aren't really a part of it (just the originals); credit goes to the majority of the artists who remixed Scotland's finest from the 'Young Team' and 'Ten Rapid' albums. I won't go through all the artists but the best remixes here are Hood's calm 'Like Herod' mix, and Max Tundra's partly mad 'Helicon 2' mix. Chemikal Underground label mates Arab Strap also mix a Moggy compilation entitled 'Gwai On 45' which is an interesting experiment, as is the Third Eye Foundation's thick-like-sludge remix of a 'A Cheery Wave...'. Mogwai's remix of themselves is almost a pointless task, as is Alec (Atari Teenage Riot) Empire's laughable microwave mess of 'Like Herod', which is still nice, in a weird-art kind of way. Surgeon's remix of 'Mogwai Fear Satan' is hardly a remix, just a spacey drone...which is er,...interesting. The most beautiful remix here though has to be Kid Loco's version of 'Tracy' which has been revamped into a soothing beat orientated painkiller to a few of the other, shall we say, original remixes. These are good and/or interesting remixes, but unless you're a Mogwai fan, and a big one, don't bother with this. It's just an interesting experiment of seeing how Mogwai can be interpreted by others, without releasing a cheesy covers album by dodgy artists.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Like herod (Hood remix)
      2 Helicon 2 (Max Tundra remix)
      3 Summer (Klute's Weird Winter remix)
      4 Gwai on 45 (Arab Strap remix)
      5 A cheery wave from stranded youngsters (Third Eye Foundation Tet Offensive remix)
      6 Like Herod (Alec Empire's Face the Future remix)
      7 Mogwai fear satan (Surgeon remix)
      8 R u still in to it? (DJ Q remix)
      9 Tracy (Kid Loco's Playing With the Young Team remix)
      10 Mogwai fear satan (Mogwai remix)

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Mogwai fear satan (U Ziq remix)
      2 Mogwai fear satan (My Bloody Valentine remix)