Drumming powerhouse Adam Betts, best known as one third of long time favourite band Three Trapped Tigers, also keeps himself busy playing with the likes of Squarepusher, Goldie, Emperor Yes, Heritage Orchestra, Jarvis Cocker and many others. Following the release of his debut album, which was one of 15 Album Picks of 2016, there’s a new record on the way under his moniker Colossal Squid.
‘I Lost Detroit’ featuring Saint Saviour was the first single to emerge from it and Betts has shared a new cut, the explosive and uncanny ‘Kick Punch’ featuring vocals from AK Patterson. Betts described his work with the songstress:
“I started this tune around the main synth riff, and it quickly became a pretty doomy groove, but when AK sent through what she’d written on top, it gave it a completely new spin – I would never have thought for the vocals to try and top the tune’s intensity, but AK’s fire is ferocious and joyfully unhinged. I loved what she suggested immediately.”
AK Patterson also had this to say:
“The intensity of the track resonated with me instantly. It created strong imagery in my head of slo motion fight scenes, vast desert landscapes and mirror images in combat. It conjured up a character to base the song around and I delight in performing it almost as a duel between me and Adam on stage.”
‘Kick Punch’ comes with a fittingly manic video directed by Jonjo Lowe. Here it is.
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.
Last month ingenious drummer Adam Bettsannounced 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’.