Battles share studio version of “The Yabba” — listen

The group's first official track in four years


“The Yabba” is the opening track off Battles’ upcoming album, La Di Da Di, due out next month. Fans have heard various iterations of the song, both live in concert and as part of the band’s recent in-studio session. Now, the experimental rockers have finally shared the studio version in all its seven-minute glory.

Battles’ Ian Williams offered up some context on the number, which is their first official release in four years:

“[It’s about] using ‘la la la’ — like generic voicings for singing — using this to describe instrumental music. It’s sort of a playful, whimsical thing that takes pressure off of us by saying, ‘We’re not overwhelming you with heaviness or anything.'”

Listen to the track over at Rolling Stone.

La Di Da Di, the long-awaited follow-up to Gloss Drop, arrives in stores on September 18th via Warp Records.

La Di Da Di Tracklist: 
01. The Yabba
02. Dot Net
03. FF Bada
04. Summer Simmer
05. Cacio e Pepe
06. Non-Violence
07. Dot Com
08. Tyne Wear
09. Tricentennial
10. Megatouch
11. Flora > Fauna
12. Luu Le