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 much much energy”

The songstress AK Patterson, who previously made a name for herself touring with the band alt-J, will be guest vocalist with Colossal Squid. Her intense delivery is amplified by Betts, who described her performance on their recent collaboration, Kickpunch, as 'ferocious and joyfully unhinged'.

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.”


This vigorous, upright rose makes a very good climber in both beauty and performance. It bears pleasingly cupped, pale lemon buds which gradually open to large; creamy white flowers, the outer petals perfectly arranged in concentric circles. They have a strong myrrh fragrance with dashes of meadowsweet, wanilla and heliotrope. The growth is strong and particularly healthy, and it is clothed in attractive matt green foliage. It has released records with some great record labels, and also runs its own record label. Activia Benz. Sometimes it flies around the world playing music to people but it really benefits from a shady area with some great speakers and crusty old keyboards.

Colossal Squid / Slugabed

03 Feb 2020

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