Evolving from its experimental roots into a fresh duo, Battles makes a remarkable return to form. Picking up the artistic thread where the band left off on Mirrored and Gloss Drop, the same wildly networked, post-everything electronic art-rock band who are in the process of repositioning their core to New York and all its influences.
Colossal Squid, is a new project from producer/drummer Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers). Enlisting some of his favourite singers to vocal the tracks including Saint Saviour of Groove Armada, Ak Patterson, Kushal of Melt Yourself down and more music is entirely composed and performed live by Adam, purely from a drum kit... connected to a load of electronics.
After drumming on tour for Goldie, Jarvis Cocker, Squarepusher and Pete Tong, Adam has signed this new project to Square Leg records. Square Leg boss, producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Marika Hackman, James, Bloc Party) first heard Colossal Squid while in the studio on another project, “When I heard the stuff he’d been working on my jaw dropped with excitement...so much innovation...so much energy”
The Independent: “...One of the most innovative skin-bashers in modern 21st century music.”
Line Of Best Fit: “Phenomenal.... Betts captures the kind of breathless euphoria you'd expect at the apex of an Ibiza club classic.”
Chino Moreno (Deftones): “One of my favourites on the planet”
Goldie: “An exhilarating fierce drum soundscape...The guy’s a fucking animal!”
DIY mag: “In Adam Betts, the band (TTT) possess one of the very best drummers in the UK”
NME mag: “...the unfuckingbelievable skill of drummer Adam Betts.”
Forging ever bolder and emotive paths through electronic music, Plaid are set to release their 10th studio album ‘Polymer’ on June 7th via Warp Records. The album’s 13 tracks cover energetic bangers, bright melodic visceral rhythms and hypnotic wombic textures to create perhaps their most cohesive, direct album to date.
The innovative duo Ed Handley and Andy Turner have been expanding the realm of electronic music as Plaid since they diverged from trio The Black Dog in the early 90s. In 2019, Plaid stand alongside the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre and Nightmares on Wax as mainstays of the Warp label as it reaches its 30th anniversary, celebrating achievements in music like few others.
Battles / Colossal Squid / Plaid (DJ)
25 Oct 2019
11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London N16 8BH