LA Calling' is the latest track to be taken from the London based trio's second studio album 'Cave Rave' and follows on from the album's lead single 'You & I' which was playlisted on BBC Radio 1 and has amassed up well over 1 million hits on YouTube. Fast becoming a live favourite, the anthemic chorus of 'LA Calling' rings out over tribal drums and sun kissed melodies that typify Crystal Fighters' unmistakable sound.
The new single pays homage to the process that Crystal Fighters underwent to complete 'Cave Rave'. The band wrote the album in its entirety during a two-month spell in the Basque hills, their spiritual home. It was to Los Angeles that they then headed to record the new songs, with Grammy nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck/Air/M83).
The single includes an exclusive remix by Curses. Formerly of Drop The Lime and the seminal Parisian label Institubes, the project is the dark and twisted alias of New York's Luca Venezia. Inspired by the darker house days of the 90's his first release 'So Good' (out now on Marble Recordings) was a huge hit this summer with support coming from the likes of Heidi, Skream, Laurent Garnier, Pedro Winter and many more. Of the Crystal Fighters remix he says: "Being a fan and friends of the band for years, doing this dark twist of a remix on such a blissful talent was an adventure in the land of house."
Crystal Fighters are set to return to the Basque hills this summer for a very special one off event to mark the album's release. Just outside the Basque town of Zugarramurdi, "the village of the witches", lies a cave which on29th August will become the setting for a Crystal Fighters curated Cave Rave. The event will include a headline set from the band themselves alongside a mixed line up of Basque artists and friends including local new-wavers Belako and the party-starting six piece Wilhelm and The Dancing Animals, and performances from local txalaparta players (tuned wooden percussion) and bertsolari singers (traditional Basque vocalists).
Tickets for the Zugarramurdi Cave Rave sold out within 24 hours of going on sale.
Back in the UK, Crystal Fighters are lined up to headline the Festival Republic stage at Reading & Leeds and will also play Bestival this summer before heading out on a full UK headline tour in November, which will include a show at London's Brixton Academy. UK listings as follows.
Crystal Fighters UK tour dates 2013:
23rd August - Reading Festival - Reading
24th August - Leeds Festival - Leeds
8th September - Bestival - Isle Of Wight
21st November - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
22nd November - London, UK - Brixton Academy
23rd November - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
25th November - Leeds, UK - Stylus @ Leeds University
26th November - Glasgow, UK - Arches
27th November - Newcastle, UK - Newcastle University
28th November - Liverpool, UK - East Village Arts Club
29th November - Bristol, UK - Trinity
30th November - Birmingham, UK - Institute