Battles schedules two special shows in NYC and London

With its second album on the way, Battles has scheduled two live shows: one in its hometown of New York and another in London. Undoubtedly, the shows will showcase new material, as well work from the heralded 2007 full-length Mirrored.

These dates mark Battles’ first appearances since going into the studio and after an extensive break from the live circuit.

Pre-order the cross-continental, improvised jazz of the Chicago Odense Ensemble

In the winter of 2008, Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt hunkered down in a Chicago studio with locals such as Jeff Parker and Dan Bitney of Tortoise, Matt Lux of Isotope 217, and composer/cornetist Rob Mazurek of Exploding Star Orchestra and Chicago Underground Duo.

Brought together by Brian Keigher, the group of all-stars combined their unique blend of styles in total improvisation, the result of which recalls Miles Davis‘ ventures in electronic music in the early ’70s. Loose ideas and grooves come together into well-developed electro-jazz soundscapes frequently punctuated by brilliant virtuosic solos.