Battles are set to return on October 18th with their fourth album Juice B Crypts via Warp Records.
Listen to ‘Titanium 2 Step’ ft. Sal Principato here:
Following in the wake of its mind-bending predecessors Mirrored, Gloss Drop, and La Di Da Di, the new full length is “a sensory overload of information that throws everything you thought you knew about the storied art-rock supergroup into flux once again.”
The band’s redefined line-up of Ian Williams(keys, guitar, electronics) and John Stanier (drums) is at the core of the covertly named Juice B Crypts, which was produced and mixed by Chris Tabron (Trash Talk, Beyonce, Mobb Deep, Ratking). Marrying synthesizer loops, cut-throat drum patterns, and cyclical riffs, the album flirts with new technology, questions of authenticity, and the technicalities of reinventing the wheel at the eleventh hour.
While they’ve always hailed from New York, Juice B Crypts is the first Battles album both written and recorded there. Influenced by the city’s rhythms, it joins the dots of their lived and unlived experiences. This is brought to life by local artist and friend Andrew Kuo’s artwork for the album, whose colourful abstract bars and triangle pixels test the limits of 2-D flatness with 3-D manipulations, creating an optical pattern that resembles the way Battles notate; coding phrases and patterns with memorable names. The announcement of Juice B Crypts is timed with the release of first single ‘Titanium 2 Step’ featuring No Wave legend Sal Principato from the iconic ‘80s New York band Liquid Liquid.
This first offering is an homage to the city, resembling a lost New York classic. “We loved making this record in our hometown of New York and cannot be more pleased that Sal from Liquid Liquid is on the track,” explains John, “it could not have been more perfect”.
Juice B Crypts is Battles untethered, Ian expands: “It’s about chord progressions, resolutions, returning home. Take that and throw it into a blender of modern electronic tools like glitching devices, or use melodic lines and take them and regurgitate them and pulverise the traditional stuff but at the same time try and retain harmonic relationships while completely smashing them up”.
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2. A Loop So Nice…
3. They Played It Twice (ft. Xenia Rubinos)
4. Sugar Foot (ft. Jon Anderson and Prairie WWWW)
5. Fort Greene Park
6. Titanium 2 Step (ft. Sal Principato)
7. Hiro 3
8. IZM (ft. Shabazz Palaces)
9. Juice B Crypts
10. The Last Supper On Shasta (ft. tUnE-yArDs)
Aug 13th | London, UK – Shacklewell Arms
Aug 14th | Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Aug 16th | Compton Martin, UK – ArcTanGent Festival
Aug 17th | Taranto, IT – Cinzella Festival
Oct 23rd | Berlin, DE – SchwuZ
Oct 24th | Dublin, IE – Button Factory
Oct 25th | London, UK – EartH
Oct 28th | Manchester, UK – Gorilla
Photo credit: Chris Shonting