Label: Warp Records
Four years after Mirrored, Brooklyn's Battles return with their second LP and a change in lineup. Quasi-frontman Tyondai Braxton is gone, but the band's gnarled math-rock sounds as invigorating as ever. If anything, it might be slightly more welcoming: Despite the odd rhythms and chirpy harmonics, their bright, African-inspired melodies are as inviting as an ice cream truck. Appropriately, "Ice Cream," featuring hypnotic chants from Kompakt's Matias Aguayo, hits like a brain freeze, while "Dominican Fade" sounds like summertime distilled in steel drums.