Battles Return with New Album 'Juice B Crypts'

They also hit Toronto on tour later this year

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Aug 7, 2019

Four years on from releasing La Di Da Di, Battles have returned with a new full-length effort.

Now a duo, multi-instrumentalist Ian Williams and drummer John Stanier will release new album Juice B Crypts on October 18 through Warp.

Eleven tracks in length, Juice B Crypts features contributions from Shabazz Palaces, ex-Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, Tune-Yards, Xenia Rubinos, Taipei experimental outfit 落差草原 WWWW (Prairie WWWW) and Sal Principato of Liquid Liquid.

"[Juice B Crypts is] about chord progressions, resolutions, returning home," Williams said in a statement. "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 pulverize the traditional stuff but at the same time try and retain harmonic relationships while completely smashing them up."

Principato appears on first single "Titanium 2 Step," which you can hear in the player below. Alongside the announcement, Battles have also mapped out tour dates for later this year. A lone Canadian stop brings them to Lee's Palace in Toronto on December 7.

Juice B Crypts:

1. Ambulance
2. A Loop So Nice...
3. They Played It Twice (ft. Xenia Rubinos)
4. Sugar Foot (ft. Jon Anderson and 落差草原 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 Pt. 1 (ft. Tune-Yards)
11. The Last Supper on Shasta Pt. 2 (ft. Tune-Yards)

Tour dates:

08/14 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
08/16 Compton Martin, England - ArcTanGent Festival
08/17 Taranto, Italy - Cinzella Festival
10/23 Berlin, Germany - SchwuZ
10/24 Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
10/25 London, England - EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)
10/28 Manchester, England - Manchester Gorilla
10/30 Paris, France - Le Trabendo (Parc de la Villette)
10/31 Borgerhout, Belgium - TRIX
11/01 Turin, Italy - Club to Club Festival
12/01 Seattle, WA - Neumos
12/02 Portland, OR - Hawthorne
12/03 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
12/04 Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
12/07 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
12/08 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
12/10 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/11 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

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