Missed this one when I was out Coachella’n over the weekend. The fine folks over at FACT Mag got Battles for the 325th edition of their mix series and it is quite a doozie. The New York threesome has gotten ever so weird since the departure of Tyrondai Braxton back in 2010 and it has suited them well, taking the band to a new level. Their most recent output, the Dross Glop remix tape featured Hudson Mohawke, The Alchemist, Kode 9 and more, and this mix borrows heavily from these artists as well. Not only does the mix feature HudMo, but three, yes you heard that right, three unreleased gems from the Glaswegian maximalist. The mix was admirably taken on by drummer John Stanier and features a more dance/pop vibe than most Battles fans are probably used to. Don’t be afraid venerable avant-garde enthusiasts, there is plenty of off-the-cuff esoteric shit in here to satiate your needs. Stream and download the mix below courtesy of FACT.
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A few days ago, I heard about a release called Gloss Drops 1 made up of two remixes of tracks off of experimental rock group Battles‘ latest album. The two remixes, by Gui Borrato and The Field, were solid, but uninspiring. At the time, I had no idea there would be a Gloss Drops 2. That was why I was so excited to wake up this morning to the news that Gloss Drops 2 will feature remixes from some of my favorite artists around, and that each of those artists come from completely different worlds. The first remix is from avant-rap virtuosos Shabazz Palaces. I’m not too familiar with Battles, beyond witnessing their incredibly strange live show, so I didn’t know the original of “White Electric,” but Shabazz’s remix is outstanding. The track features Ish’s trademark droned out raps over a plodding, guitar driven beat and would be a real treat to see the track performed live. The second and third remixes from Gloss Drops 2 have yet to surfaced, but they should be equally exciting. The first is by The Alchemist. Yes, that Alchemist. East Coast boom bap legend. Last seen collaborating with Oh No on Vodka & Ayuhuasca. The third is by Kode9, Hyperdub representative and London dubstep legend. Not just any dubstep legend, but the type that makes the turtlenecked crowd bitching about Skrillex wet their pants. I never thought the day would come that I would see artists from such distinctly different parts of the popular music world collide like this, but here it is. Gloss Drops 2 will be released on February 21st by Warp Records. Stream Shabazz’s remix below.