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Foals - Collected Reworks Volume 1: Album review

British rock band Foals have been around for a while now. Their first studio album, Antidotes, was released in 2008.

So it is time, perhaps, that they released a reworking of their material.

Some bands may have to wait a couple of decades at least before releasing a ‘greatest hits’ album but this does not seem to be the case any more.

This is not so much a ‘greatest hits’ but a fresh take on some of the band’s most recognisable tracks, remixed with a dance/trance feel.

Mostly known as an indie/alternative rock band, their catchy track ‘My Number’ starts off with a long, transcendent intro. The remix, by Hot Chip, is reminiscent of the type of tracks you might hear on the White Isle (Ibiza) as the sun sets.

The theme continues into the second track ‘Give It All’ with the pace increasing a little.

Foals. Image by Alex Knowles. (Supplied by Pomona PR).
Foals. Image by Alex Knowles. (Supplied by Pomona PR).

‘Mountain At My Gates’ (track three) is given another trance-fuelled, deep house remix.

Other memorable remixes on the album are 'Spanish Sahara' (there are several versions) and 'The Runner'.

Lead singer Yannis Philippakis’ husky vocals work perfectly against the beats.

I’m a fan of indie music but also love dance/trance so, for me, the whole album is a winner.

It’s the first of three volumes of remixes out this summer with a tour rescheduled for 2021. Volume 1 is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall

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