The Bristol producer said he "wanted to push my processes further than I ever have done" for his first record on the label.
The Bristol producer, real name Omar McCutcheon, will share four new tracks on Rebuilt, which is out June 1st. On the significance of signing with XL, Batu said: "I wanted to try and challenge myself a bit for this EP. Every track represents a different phase of experimentation—and also different tempos. I wanted to push my processes further than I ever have done."
Just yesterday, XL announced it had signed Baba Stiltz and is releasing his new EP, Showtime. Stiltz and Batu join the label's bustling underground dance music roster, which includes Dark0, Overmono and Powell.
Batu has a number of dates lined up for the summer, including the RA stage at Field Day, a TIMEDANCE party in Bristol, Terraforma and a night in Berlin with Monolake and Lena Willikens.
Listen to "Flash React" from Rebuilt.
B1 Flash React
B2 Tuff Cookie
XL Recordings will release Rebuilt on June 1st, 2018.
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