Posts Tagged ‘Foals’

November 28, 2016
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Whimsical debut for West Sussex’s indielectronica quartet Chenti. They released their self-titled EP less than a week ago and the track that sticks out to me is ‘What You Need’. It reminds of me of groups like Foals or Bombay Bicycle Club, which instantly teleports me to The Polo Fields and those good Coachella vibes.

June 10, 2016
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Boy, oh boy. Who’d have ever thought that Foals would be remixed by Mura Masa? But indeed, it’s happened, and the results are mind blowing. The gifted UK producer re-imagines the art rock band’s Night Swimmers, transforming it into a heady intoxicating mix of edgy electronica, angular sharp math rock, and spongy garage. It certainly sets itself apart from some of the Mura Masa we’re normally used to, but something utterly fresh is expected when a conjoining of Mura Masa with Foals occurs. Night Swimmers dives into the deep end of the pool, a dizzying trip down the rabbit hole.

April 17, 2016
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Foals’ 2015 album What Went Down is pure brilliance, and it’s undeniably one of my favorites of that year. Birch Tree is but one of many splendid tunes off the album. French producer Pyramid gives us a very new look at the song via his brilliant re-work of the tune, one which he calls the “Space” remix. Birch Tree takes on ethereal and metaphysical qualities on the transcendental edit. Pyramid aimed for the remix to represent a secret place with a powerful significance, a place where spirits can meet. His smooth arpeggios, spacey synths, and weighty drums fully achieve that effect, giving us an entrancing and profound, dreamy and introspective experience. I simply cannot get enough of this breathtaking edit. Pyramid takes me time and time again to hallowed grounds with his magical and spiritual remix. Head over to Soundcloud to download the track for free.

March 10, 2016
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It’s going to be April in a few short weeks, and vinyl heads all know what that means. Record Store Day is just around the corner! RSD has grown to be a major event in the past several years. Just visit your local independent record store on RSD and you’ll see a line wrapped around the block long before the doors are even open. Thanks to this ingenious homage to an age old classic method of listening to music, we get to hear some very rare treats around this time every year. In fact., today, we even get to hear an unreleased Foals song! Rain, which drops as a 7″ on Record Store Day, is a moody beauty, a sparsely introspective ballad that seems more Majical Cloudz than the raucous Foals we’re normally accustomed to, with some added U2 atmospherics and Bono like vocal calisthenics by Yannis Philippakis. This year’s Record Store Day falls on April 16th. I wish you luck in your record finding quest.

January 29, 2016
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IHM has been championing London’s Vaults for what feels like forever, so it was a much cathartic night when I finally caught the compelling band live at Popscene last fall. It was easily one of the most gorgeous sets that I witnessed all year long, with their majestic dark pop and lead vocalist Blythe Pepino’s spectacular voice taking full, mesmerizing command of the room. Vaults recently visited BBC Radio 2, and on the show, they performed a stunning cover of one of 2015′s best songs, Foals’ Mountain At My Gates. The keys driven cover is yet another spectacular way to really take in Blythe’s immaculate, impeccable vocals. Two of my 2015 favorites collide on the cover.

January 18, 2016

Over the years, Oxford’s Foals has grown to be one of my favorite bands, with their last two albums increasing my love for them ever deeply. 2013′s Holy Fire and 2015′s What Went Down easily took spots in my top albums lists of those respective years. So, the fact that Foals has released a chill video, directed by Dave Ma, for their latest What Went Down single is more than enough reason to dive back into the plucky dance punk meets ambling art rock charm of richly arresting Birch Tree. 

November 28, 2015
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In an unexpected but surprisingly divine turn of events, UK production duo Bondax have remixed Foals. Prepare yourself for sublimely heady indie dance luxuriance on Bondax’s pillowy, foggy remix of Foals’ Give It All. It’s a murkier though more lively approach on the song. Its distorted funk, paired with Yannis’ voice, suddenly makes the track feel very Bombay Bicycle Club like, something I certainly don’t notice much when we’re normally listening to Foals. The remix is surprisingly light and fluid for Bondax, and oh so intoxicating.

November 5, 2015
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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to meld Foals and HONNE together into one chill electronic mashup, then I’d call you a music savant, much like Brisbane’s Golden Vessel. The producer takes Foals’ timeless beauty, Spanish Sahara, and blends it with HONNE’s No Place Like Home, featuring London’s JONES. HONNE’s soulfulness and Foals’ mournful ballad blend together seamlessly and indistinguishably on the downtempo track, which ebbs, swells, and skitters hauntingly. Golden Vessel names the breathtaking track No Place Like Spanish Sahara, and he proceeds takes us somewhere we’ve never been, a ghostly, foggy maze of sound I might never find my way back from. Download the astonishing track for free, here.

August 26, 2015
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Tamper is in the midst of releasing a series of incredible covers this summer. The Brooklyn based Australian and Irish duo last brought us a stellar cover of Santigold’s Disparate Youth, and they now follow that up with a cover of Foals’ Red Socks Pugie. It’s a homage to one of Foals’ early tunes, timed to coincide with all the fanfare surrounding the release of the their new album this week. While the cover isn’t as drastically different from the original as the Santigold cover was to its roots, Tamper’s Red Socks Pugie is still a darkly haunting experience. The duo bring plenty of their atmospheric electronic timbre to the tune, giving it a mellow post punk vibe. More covers are yet to come, and a new EP is slated for release this fall. Download the Foals cover for free, here.

August 25, 2015
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It’s T minus 5 days till Foals drops their next album, What Went Down. That’s right, I’m counting down the days till its release, because a lot has certainly gone down with the tracks we’ve heard from the brilliant band’s next full length, leaving me ever excited for the follow up to 2013′s Holy Fire. Today sees the Oxford rock band revealing yet another ace tune from the release, London Thunder. Despite its name, this is one of the most mellow tracks we’ve heard so far from What Went Down. It’s a reflective brooder, a glimmering slow burner that even name drops my very own San Francisco. London Thunder is a beauty, and I can’t wait to hear it as part of the full What Went Down package. T minues 5 days, folks. We’re almost there.