Record Label: Fat Beats Records
Originally out in 2006, EP C/B EP was a double header from Battles that pulled together the previously released C and B EP's. Across the joint twenty one tracks the group cement themselves as one of the most audacious cult groups operating in the folds of alternative rock and electronica right now. The tracks on show spin webs of poly rhythms, complicated time signatures and abstraction that crosses electronic and guitar band lines with intense and captivating power and force! Experimental and astounding creating vast waves of increasingly exciting music that crosses boarders and genres with ease while creating something vast, expansive and utterly unique. Available now for the first time as a double 12" set, EP C/B EP stands as a timely reminder of the innovation and importance of Battles within the current musical climate.
After becoming a 3-piece, 'Gloss Drop' was Battles' follow up to 2007's incredible 'Mirrored' and did not disappoint. Drafting in the vocal help of Gary Numan, singers from the Boredoms and Blonde Redhead, and Bleep's Top Artist of 2009 - Matias Aguayo. The live instrumentation and experimental structures again prove why Battles are one of the most cherished bands on Warp's roster.
2016 repress includes Battles' stellar Warp debut on 2LP vinyl with gatefold packaging, download card and a poster insert. Few albums can match Battles' Warp debut for innovation coupled with accessibility. On Mirrored, Ian Williams, Dave Konopka and Tyondai Braxton found the subverted soul of glam, pushed it through the avant-machine (Reich, Riley), grew some overdriven metal guitar chops, listened to a whole lot of African music and consorted with the Aphex devil. It might sound like a mess written down, but the way the band pull these disparate influences together makes for some of the most continually thrilling music, even when considered several years down the line. 'Atlas' must be one of the strangest and catchiest instrumental pop songs ever made, and there are plenty of other thrills to be found here, like the playfully glinting vocal abstractions of 'Tonto' or the twists and turns of 'Rainbow'.