Hop Farm Festival, Battles, Kent and Hop Farm Wednesday 18th July 2012 The world's largest annual Military re-enactment event began its five-day run at The War and Peace Show in Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent in the United Kingdom 18th July,2012. Enthusiasts from around the world dressed in period costumes and accessories take part in five days of mock battles and scenes from both the First and Second World wars.
Battles' new remix album Dross Glop is, in essence, a victory lap. Its source material, the extravagant math-rock whirligig Gloss Drop, was one the best albums released in 2011. The folks who have agreed to play with that material include Kode9, Shabazz Palaces and Boredoms' Yamantaka Eye - some of the most interesting and forward-thinking people making music right now. Not only are they talented, they have their own extremely distinctive aesthetics and, listening to them twist and reshape Gloss Drop tracks so that they resemble something that might crop up on one of their own albums, is, at times, a fascinating experience.
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The fact they are signed to Warp Records, Sheffield's prime exponents of all things innovative in dance culture should give some indication as to what to expect, but believe me, that's half the story.
TheCrimea stick to the same recipe: upbeat, melodic, almost-anthemic and catchy choruses aplenty, with a wry wit to the lyrics.
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