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Thom Yorke, Flea, & Wynton Marsalis

Daily Battles (From Motherless Brooklyn: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    “Daily Battles” was written by Thom Yorke (Radiohead, Atoms For Peace) for “Motherless Brooklyn” the film directed, written by, produced by and starring Edward Norton. The film features two versions of the song, each performed by musical icons of modern music. Thom Yorke along with Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Atoms For Peace) performs a sparse and emotionally stunning version of the song. The other version of “Daily Battles” was arranged and performed by jazz trumpet icon Wynton Marsalis, who, along with his hand-picked quintet of heavy-hitter-jazz-stalwarts delivers an instant jazz standard version of the song that conjures images of the 1950’s-era gin-soaked Harlem jazz club seen in the film.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A:
    1. Daily Battles

    Side B:
    1. Daily Battles (feat. Joe Farnsworth, Russell Hall, Isaiah J. Thompson & Jerry Weldon)

    Battles return with their fourth album "Juice B Crypts" on Warp Records to follow their complex, mind-bending predecessors "Mirrored", "Gloss Drop, Dross Glop" and "La Di Da Di". Their latest album is a sensory overload of information that throws everything you thought you knew about Battles into flux once again. John Stanier's percussive power drives the LP through motorik, jazz and post rock, while the cubist keyboard and guitar melodies of Ian Williams capture the fractal pop majesty the group have made their own over the past decade or so.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: While Battles' previous outing definitely tread more through the math rock spectrum, and sometimes suffered cohesion losses through it's jagged momentum, 'Juice B Crypts'leans slightly more towards the free-jazz end of things, with loungey grooves and deep rolling basses keeping a solid backline behind their characteristic madness.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Ambulance
    A2. A Loop So Nice...
    A3. They Played It Twice (featuring Xenia Rubinos)
    B1. Sugar Foot (featuring Jon Anderson And Prairie WWWW)
    B2. Fort Greene Park
    C1. Titanium 2 Step (featuring Sal Principato)
    C2. Hiro 3
    C3. Izm (featuring Shabazz Palaces)
    D1. Juice B Crypts
    D2. The Last Supper On Shasta (featuring Tune-Yards)

    The Breeders

    Mountain Battles

      Fourth studio album, originally released in April 2008. This reissue of ‘Mountain Battles’ includes 12” size, 28 page booklet.

      TRACK LISTING

      Overglazed
      Bang On
      Night Of Joy
      We're Gonna Rise
      German Studies
      Spark
      Istanbul
      Walk It Off
      Regalame Esta Noche
      Here No More
      No Way
      It's The Love
      Mountain Battles

      Battles

      Gloss Drop

        New York six-legged rhythmic juggernaut Battles are one of the most exciting and respected alternative bands of recent years and they return with their second album ‘Gloss Drop’.

        The album ranges from lead track ‘Ice Cream’, a “grunty, squelchy, jubilant freakout” according to the NME, and Radio 1’s The Hottest Record In The World - a calypso tinged rhythmic juggernaut powering through the airwaves of Radio 1, XFM and 6Music, through to denser, more industrial tracks (‘My Machines’, featuring Gary Numan, is a prime example) – at times playful, at times hard-edged, but always unmistakably Battles.

        Outgoing member Tyondai Braxton’s vocals have made way for a host of guest vocalists, ranging from Numan to Kazu from Blonde Redhead and Eye from Boredoms.

        TRACK LISTING

        Africastle
        Ice Cream (ft Matias Aguayo)
        Futura
        Inchworm
        Wall Street
        My Machines (ft Gary Numan)
        Dominican Fade
        Sweetie & Shag (ft Kazu Makino)
        Toddler
        Rolls Bayce
        White Electric
        Sundome (ft EYE)

        Battles

        La Di Da Di

          ‘La Di Da Di’ is a bold opus of post rock and virtuosic instrumentals, cementing Battles firmly amongst the most influential alternative bands of the 21st century.

          On their third album the rhythmic core of Battles is as full as ever. Opener ‘The Yabba’ is a gradual unravelling of math rock motifs that eventually explodes into the glitchladen ‘Dot Net’.

          The atypical ‘breather’ moment that comes with ‘Cacio e Pepe’ is an exploration in harmony anchored by Battles’ characteristic repetition, whilst tracks like ‘FF Bada’ and ‘Summer Simmer’ are examples of the thick textural richness that can be found throughout the album. ‘La Di Da Di’ humbly parades the many weapons of Battles’ musicianship for which they are so well revered.

          Battles

          Mirrored

            Following on from Warp's release of Battles "EP C/B" EP collection comes the New York quartet's debut album proper. Featuring members of Don Caballero and Helmet, the band create a sound that combines avant-rock, jazz and electronica, reminiscent of the abandonment of their NY no wave predecessors. Utilising prog-style time changes, the treated vocals of Tyondai Braxton, almost tribal drumming and synth distortion, the music teeters on the edge before being reined back in at the last moment. Battles are gods, superheroes sent to save us from musical mediocrity and "Mirrored" is a colossal masterpiece begging to join your record collection.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Arguably Battles' finest moment, Mirrors returns for a hugely awaited reissue on Warp records. Pitch-shifted vocals, syncopated drums, clangy guitar and obtuse time-signatures combine to create a surprisingly cohesive whole. Experimental but melodic, quirky and intricate. Art-rock meets math-rock (arth-rock?). Fantastic.

            TRACK LISTING

            Race : In
            Atlas
            Ddiamondd
            Tonto
            Leyendecker
            Rainbow
            Bad Trails
            Prismism
            Snare Hangar
            Tij
            Race : Out

            Flaming Lips

            Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

              Oh joy. It's just as inventive, creative, unpredictable, refreshing and downright beautiful as "The Soft Bulletin". But! Hooray, it's poppier. It loses nothing but gains everything! (Also including a chunkier, tastier bottom end). It's so hard to review - it's just absolutely BRILLIANT. To put on your headphones and play and play and play again. All summer! Forever!!


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