Mogwai – Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1.
With the aftershock of their triumphant Rave Tapes yet to settle, Glasgow’s noisiest sons offer a new collection to close out the year. Subtle beauties History Day and HMP Shaun William Ryder wouldn’t feel too out of place on that record, each displaying a different balance of electronic texture and their trademark elegiac menace.
Opener Teenage Exorcists is the most welcome diversion, however; building on the muscular crunch of their 2011 single San Pedro, it’s a rare combination of post-hardcore pop and Mogwai-with-vocals. Summoning visions of Chavez covering New Order, it’s as effortless as it is fist-clenchingly wonderful.
For the hell of it, Music Industry 3 also offers new remixes of Rave Tapes favourites – Blanck Mass and Pye Corner Audio duly acquit themselves with typical panache, but Nils Frahm provides the EP’s other standout moment, amplifying the fragility of The Lord Is Out Of Control to breathtaking effect. Another victory. [Will Fitzpatrick]