CD et LP disponibles le 19 novembre 2012.

Part of Mogwai’s evolution and survival as a band comes down to an open mindedness and willingness to adapt; a pride in their sound hasn’t been so much that the Glaswegians haven’t constantly looked outside of their comfort zone for inspiration and the chance to challenge themselves. A genuinely pioneering presence upon arrival back in the mid-90s with their monolithic sounding debut LP Young Team, Mogwai’s continual expansion of their web of influences has ensured that they’ve managed to consistently stay at the very pinnacle of rock’s leftfield.
In some ways, then, this remix album of works adapted from last year’s seventh studio album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will is a confession of what makes the five-piece tick in the 21st century, with the artists involved selected carefully by the band. In true keeping with Mogwai’s own approach to their music, there were no set boundaries as to the sort of artists they should involve. “For me, a successful remix is simply one where the remixer imposes their own ideas and personality onto their version of the song” says the group’s Stuart Braithwaite, and with that in mind it’s easy to see why many of the names on the track listing are those whose own work is equally as inimitable as Mogwai’s.
Justin K Broadrick, a man known for lurking in genres of a heavily industrial slant as both Godflesh and JK Flesh, puts a surprisingly light touch on ‘George Square Thatcher Death Party’; elsewhere, hugely revered Kranky recording artist Tim Hecker takes a hold on ‘Rano Pano’ whilst Robert Hampson of cult London drone-rockers Loop also makes an appearance. Other collaborative selections by the band act as almost as ones to watch tips; one in particular, former Expo 70 man Umberto, has even been signed by their own Rock Action label after Braithwaite saw him perform a stunning film soundtrack set at the Glasgow Festival of Music and Art. Another name they seek to highlight is little-known Austin-based artist Xander Harris; named after the fictional TV character in the series ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, he describes himself as having “learned of the powers of Chris Carter, Roland, Alesis, Korg”, a combination that lends itself when deconstructing ‘How To Be A Werewolf’. Hometown support is provided by singer-songwriter RM Hubbert who transposes the juddering drive of ‘Mexico Grand Prix’ into something completely acoustic.
That’s the beauty of Mogwai’s songs; they have a flexibility and dexterity that allows for such varied interpretation. It’s something that Braithwaite feels applies to the songs from Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will perhaps more than any of their previous LPs. “Even when we were mixing the songs ourselves we'd find that changing the mix could alter the tone of the song completely” he comments on their own process. “There are a lot of layers in the songs and it’s been interesting to see which melodies seem most important to the remixer. In many cases it hasn’t been the one that stuck out to us.” That’s something that’s a testament to all those involved; that search for a new angle into a track is what makes for a great remix, and with a whole set of artists coming in with such varyingly unique viewpoints, it ensures that this is so much more than just another compilation.