Battles is the New York City-based art-rock supergroup helmed by Ian Williams and John Stanier. The last we heard from them was 2015’s excellent La Di Da Di, and today (Aug. 7), the duo is announcing their fourth record, Juice B Crypts, and sharing our first taste with some help from the No Wave legend Sal Principato.
Like all the best Battles tracks, “Titanium 2 Step” is a geometric and percussive freakout. An homage to the rhythms of the Big Apple, the track skitters with a start-stop energy provided by Stanier’s supremely geeky drumming that reflects the always-on nature of the city’s traffic. Williams warped guitars and keys add an additional color, as do Principato’s jittery vocals.
Juice B Crypts is set to let the tight, math-y compositions of Battles’ past loosen up a touch. Williams explains in a statement:
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.
The album’s revealed collaborators is just as exciting: There’s confirmed appearances from fellow New Yorker Xenia Rubinos, the rhythm-experimenters Tune-Yards, rappers Shabazz Palaces, Yes singer Jon Anderson and the Taipei psych-rockers Prairie WWWW.
Juice B Crypts is out on Oct. 18 via Warp Records. Check out “Titanium 2 Step” below, then keep scrolling to find all the album’s details and Battles’ upcoming tour dates.
Juice B Crypts Album Art:
Juice B Crypts Tracklist:
02. “A Loop So Nice…”
03. “They Played It Twice” (Feat. Xenia Rubinos)
04. “Sugar Foot” (Feat. Jon Anderson & Prairie WWWW)
05. “Fort Greene Park”
06. “Titanium 2 Step” (Feat. Sal Principato)
07. “Hiro 3?
08. “IZM” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces)
09. “Juice B Crypts”
10. “Last Supper On Shasta Pt. 1? (Feat. Tune-Yards)
11. “Last Supper On Shasta Pt. 2? (Feat. Tune-Yards)
Battles Tour Dates:
14 – Leeds, U.K. @ Brudenell Social Club
16 – Compton Martin, U.K. @ ArcTanGent Festival
17 – Taranto, Italy @ Cinzella Festival
23 – Berlin, Germany @ SchwuZ
24 – Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory
25 – London, U.K. @ EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)
28 – Manchester, U.K. @ Manchester Gorilla
30 – Paris, France @ Le Trabendo (Parc de la Villette)
31 – Borgerhout, Belgium @ TRIX
01 – Turin, Italy @ Club To Club Festival 2019
01 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumos
02 – Portland, Ore. @ Hawthorne
03 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
04 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Lodge Room
07 – Toronto, Ont. @ Lee’s Palace
08 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
10 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
11 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall