Battles have always operated at the fringes, in a place where rock and electronic music meet to get it on. On this occasion, it sounds like the chosen remixers have tipped the balance in favour of Battles's techno leanings. The Qluster version of "Dominican Fade" is closest in sound to the act's own approach, with dreamy synths spiralling to a climax against a glitchy backdrop, but it's all about the straight four/four material here. Kangding Ray's take on "Toddler" is a sumptuous dub techno groove, while Silent Servant's version of "Inchworm" is all about the humming, pulsing bass and rattling percussion.
The German label welcomes new producer Alan Backdrop to the fold - judging by the approach of VR Plan, he fits right in. The title track sets the tone, a creeping mantle of droning textures that expands gradually, while "Honok" is even spookier, its atmospherics winding their way to an inevitable climax. Backdrop does make use of beats - check the pummelling drums of "Medel" and the dubbed out "Siere" - but on this release, he impresses most when conjuring up chilling soundscapes. Just check the sensuous pads of "Ere" or "Cherber", whose warbling pulses sound like a more relaxed Pom Pom, if you are in any doubt.