New Battles – “Tonto (Four Tet Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

As we rumble through the music world’s Q4, you’re gonna start seeing a lot more remixes, special EPs, free live cuts, etc. from bands with earlier quarter LP releases; think of ‘em as a gentle nudge as you begin to make your year-end best-album lists. Although jogging your Mirrored memory won’t really require too much prodding, Battles and Warp are set to release a killer EP anyway, built around the excellent, X-Files-esque vid-treated single “Tonto.” Along with the original and a live version from FRF ’07, the Tonto+ EP is slinging a rad remix from Kompakt snip-and-paste man/P4K Fest champion the Field, who weaves the track into something recognizable only as a Field song, and a similarly killer reworking by Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet). The Fridge man’s turn bubbles and rumbles up front, kicks in with the same guitar riff, gets nice and house-y come those ritualistic nonsensical rain dance chants, and breaks for a minute before coming back with some hard kit work at the six-minute mark. (Yes, six-minute mark; it clocks in at nine-plus).

[Battles pic from their set w/Deerhunter @ the Seaport 8/31/07; no explanation on the Hebden shot]

Battles – “Tonto (Four Tet Remix)” (MP3)

The Tonto+ EP is out 11/13 on Warp, coming stocked with a bonus DVD featuring a couple of vids and some behind-the-scenes fun. Some supplementary info:

01 “Tonto”
02 “Tonto (The Field Remix)”
03 “Tonto (Four Tet Remix)”
04 “Tonto (Live @ FRF ’07)”*
05 “Leyendecker” (Live @ FRF ’07)*
06 “Leyendecker” (DJ Emz Remix Feat. Joell Ortiz)

01 “Tonto”
02. The Making Of “Tonto”
03. “Atlas”

10/27 – Las Vegas, NV (Vegoose Festival)
10/29 – San Diego, CA @ Epicentre
10/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater (w/ No Age)
11/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Musc Hall (w/ No Age)
11/02 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater (w/Parts & Labor)
11/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/04 – Austin, TX (Fun Fun Fun Fest)
11/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe (w/ White Williams)
11/08 -Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/ Caribou, Born Ruffians)
11/09 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig (w/ White Williams)
11/10 – Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace (w/ White Williams)
11/11 – Montreal, QC @ Le National (w/ White Williams)
11/12 – Boston, MA @ Paradise (w/ White Williams)
11/12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (w/ White Williams)

11/24 ? London @ The Key (K7 night)
11/30 ? Nottingham @ Nottingham Trent University (with Hot Chip DJs, Foals)
12/01 ? Manchester @ Warehouse Project (with James Holden, Hot Chip DJs, Foals, Liars)
12/02 ? Sheffield @ The Plug (with James Holden, Hot Chip DJs, Foals, Liars)
12/08 ? London @ The End (Border Community night with James Holden)

Tags: Battles, Four Tet