As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2016.
Colossal Squid, the highly awaited debut album from Adam Betts is nearing its release date and he had already enticed us with two ace singles off it, ‘Drumbones’ and ‘Aneek’.
To get us even more excited, the incredibly talented drummer has shared the awesome and relentless ‘Hero Shit’, also culled from his forthcoming album. “’Hero Shit’ was me chasing a dumb euphoric feeling summed up by the title! Inspired by a mix of the Rustie’s sense of energy but as played by a rock band,” explained Betts. “Vocal samples are chopped up attempting to sound like a crowd shouting over each other, but rhythmically tied to the drum kit, so there’s a lot of chaos but it comes together in a way that makes a bit of musical sense.” Listen to it now.
In other related good news, and to celebrate the album’s release, Adam Betts has announced a launch show at London’s Servant’s Jazz Quarters on November 29th.
Colossal Squid is out on November 25th via Blood and Biscuits.
Last month ingenious drummer Adam Betts announced the release of his debut solo album, Colossal Squid. The news came paired with the insane opener ‘Drumbones’, the first taste of that release. As we wait with baited breath for the album to arrive, Betts has unleashed another tremendous single, ‘Aneek’, named after music technologist and producer Aneek Thapar who provided some sampled sounds. The track, co-written by John Calvert (Ghostpoet, NAO), “is demonstrative of the record’s ethos”, says the press release, adding “that, no matter how exciting or odd the texture, each track should be turned into a piece of music with real form and shape.
‘Aneek’ comes accompanied with a video from the live session which ended up being the actual recording. Watch it below and watch out for the release of Colossal Squid on November 25th via Blood & Biscuits.
There’s exciting news from drumming powerhouse Adam Betts, who’s also one third of long time favourite band Three Trapped Tigers. Comes November 25th, the ingenious London based drummer will release his debut solo album, Colossal Squid, via Blood & Biscuits.
Betts plays challenging electronic rhythms with astonishing precision, having for years explored “the boundaries between electronic and live music, and celebrating the flaws thrown up when one tries to replicate the other”, as the press release describes. Some of his influences include Aphex Twin, Autechre, Arca and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Colossal Squid was originally written, developed and recorded over the course of a few months, but its actual final recording resulted from one live session. “It clicked that this was the way to represent the material in the best way possible – performed entirely live, as it happened. Any “mistakes”, any looseness, felt like a step away from the feeling of material being written with the click of a mouse at a computer.” explained Betts. “It’s really a punk album with tape delays instead of guitar chords.”
November may seem a long way away but we can already get a first taste of what Betts will be throwing at us with the insane opening track ‘Drumbones’.