Editors’ Notes After making a brilliant splash with their debut album, Mirrored, Battles return without their lead vocalist Tyondai Braxton, performing primarily instrumental tracks with a few guest vocalists for color. Veteran new-waver Gary Numan trots out for the eerie goth tune “My Machines.” Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino throws her Beck-like falsetto onto the kinetic dance track “Sweetie & Shag,” while Chilean techno producer Matias Aguayo turns the barroom electric with “Ice Cream,” where world beat is twisted with effects that give the track the feel of being heard through a fun house mirror. The instrumentals are chilly but effective. Helmet’s John Stanier, Don Caballero’s Ian Williams and Lynx’s David Konopka play a rendition of “math rock” that leads to uneasy listening bordering on disturbed minimalism. Best is “Wall Street,” a manic-paced cut that perfectly renders the vibe of Lower Manhattan. Second is “White Electric,” where a warm emotionalism takes over the tune, along with a sense of drama that proves Battles can bridge the gap without a new vocalist after all.

SONG
Africastle
1
5:48
 
Ice Cream (feat. Matias Aguayo)
2
4:36
 
Futura
3
6:17
 
Inchworm
4
4:52
 
Wall Street
5
5:24
 
My Machines (feat. Gary Numan)
6
3:55
 
Dominican Fade
7
1:48
 
Sweetie & Shag (feat. Kazu Makino)
8
3:50
 
Toddler
9
1:11
 
Rolls Bayce
10
2:06
 
White Electric
11
6:14
 
Sundome (feat. Yamantaka Eye)
12
7:47
 
Afrislow (MWM Edit) [Bonus Track]
13
5:12
 

More by Battles

Featured On

Albums You May Also Like