Foals – Tapes

January 01, 1970



The mixtape can be either an
uninteresting, laborious trudge or a fascinating journey. The difference
between the two depends on the obvious but crucial components of track
selection and sequencing. K7’s Tapes series attempts to perfect the art of the mixtape by asking bands to harken
back to old-school cassette mixes and compile their favorite tracks in the best
way they know how. Previous installments from The Rapture and The Big Pink were
worthy entries into the series, and Foals’ latest effort follows suit.


Foals may be a rock band,
but Tapes is an electronic dance mix,
something that may surprise its fans. Or at least, it soon becomes a dance mix,
after a few dreamy opening tracks. The mix opens with some interesting experimentally
minded picks – Nicholas Jaar’s “Variations” and Bibio’s beautiful
plucked-guitar take on Clark’s “Ted.” From there, the band’s selections veer
from South African pop (Condry Ziqubu’s “Confusion”) to disco/house fusion
(Carl Craig’s typically low-key remix of Tony Allen’s “Kilode”). Much of the
mix has a 1990s house music feel to it – don’t expect any newfangled broken beat,
dubstep, or breakbeats here. A few newcomers are represented, like John
Talabot’s remix of Teengirl Fantasy’s “Cheaters,” but even tracks like these
strongly recall the vocal dancefloor anthems of the end of the 20th century.


So it appears the mixtape
is still alive and well, even if said “tapes” are actually digital compilations
of MP3s that cannot be unspooled or smashed or stuck into the tape deck of your
car. K7 is doing its best to keep the tradition alive, and Foals’ contribution
is a curatorial coupe des grace.


DOWNLOAD: “Ted,” “Cheaters,” “Kilode” JONAH FLICKER

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