Don't you hate those moments when you hear a cheap remix of a song you love? Ever since Foals released "My Number" back in December, as well as the unfolding success of Holy Fire, we've been pretty adamant about the eccentric, dance-infused music of the English rockers. Their much deserved airplay is giving people a unique twist on guitar driven pop - a sound so refreshing it shouldn't go unnoticed.
Which is exactly why this remix is ultimately unsatisfying, to say the least. The tang and the funk are replaced with unnecessary, almost too weird sound effects of repeated raindrops and nonsensical breaks. The build is there, and I probably wouldn't mind this song so much if I wasn't aware of the original. Foals without their coasting, savory guitar rhythm is like Mumford and Sons without a banjo. It just doesn't fit the equation.
"My Number" (as well as almost every other track off Holy Fire) already has the charisma of a dance-floor ballad, beaming with energy and a carefully crafted beat. The relationship between the rhythm guitar and the responsive percussion give the track its optimistic personality. We reward you a very nice kudos for the execution, Hot Chip...but for those who thoroughly enjoy the tasteful rhythms of Foals, this remix isn't doing the trick.
We sat down with Yannis and Edwin of Foals to discuss Holy Fire. Watch the interview below: