First off, most of this album sounds very little like the original which is a surprise because generally, some remixes tend to loosely stick to the original song with possibly an added beat or occasionally just modulation of the vocal line. The songs on ‘Dross Glop’ transform into complete different output but inevitably, don’t come anywhere close to the originals. Whilst The Field strips all of the vocals from ‘Sweetie & Shag’, Pat Mahoney (of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany keep electronic legend Gary Numan’s vocals but disperses them throughout nine minutes in which they recreate the constructing and deconstruction technique that Battles have showcased, especially in ‘Atlas’.
One of the biggest transformations is on ‘Ice Cream’ as Gang Gang Dance strip away the twinkling sounds reminiscent of an ice cream van and take it to even more experimental heights, turning it into a tribal affair, using Matias Aguayo’s vocals as an extra instrument as his ‘aah’s’ and ‘ooh’s’ become frequent towards the end, sounding more pained than the joyfully tone they take on the original. Although the remixes do not do the original songs on ‘Gloss Drop’ justice, ‘Dross Glop’ does give other artists their chance to interpret Battles’ songs in their own way, from a rap twist with Shabazz Palaces to others going into even more experimental territory than the band themselves.
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It’s not always been obvious, but since their inception in 2002, Battles have been on an almighty quest for the funk.
They’ve also shared the first track ‘Titanium 2 Step (feat. Sal Principato)’ and announced a secret London headline show.
The Scottish festival takes place this July.