Every four years the New York band Battles releases a new album. Originally started as a quartet, the formation shrank to duo strength on their fourth CD "Juice B Crypts". However, this does as little to break down their ingenuity as it does their volume. Battles, these are still drummer John Stanier and guitarist Ian Williams. The songs on "Juice B Crypts" couldn't be more different.
The four-year rhythm of the Battles releases is pure coincidence, but the new album has benefited from this break to gather and join the class of the debut album "Mirrored" with various guest vocalists. "After the last record we toured for two years", says John Stanier, "then we needed a little distance. These things are normal. The difference this time was that someone jumped out: Three years after the last record the label asked us if it wasn't time for a new CD.
At that very moment, our bass player turned his back on us. This led us to switch immediately to autopilot. We didn't even think about whether we could do this as a duo. All we knew was we were late and we had to keep up. This album is a perfect example that obstacles often favour the working process." With Chris Tabron the band chose an external producer for the first time. Tabron comes from a completely different environment. He has worked with Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, but also with Hip Hop acts like Mobb Deep, Common or Ratking.