Foals-My Number (Hot Chip Remix)

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Foals’ Holy Fire is certainly an an early album of the year contender, and here electronic outfit Hot Chip opt for a stab at their excellent lead single from that LP.

With a track as upbeat, lively and frenetic as the original, you’d think adding an electronic twist would be quite simple, subtle work. Unfortunately, Hot Chip have completely over-engineered this and mostly torn out the heart of what makes the original so deliciously replayable in favour of a rather aimless backdrop. In isolation, the layers they’ve used are fine, with a huge range of synths, sharp percussion and a couple of funky electro elements, but they don’t ever seem to go anywhere or have any discernable structure. The vocals help to give the song some sense of direction, and as the track builds across its final third the Hot Chip beat does definitely improve, but once again it seems to drag and never actually climax anywhere, particularly when that fantastic hook vocal comes back in. With tracks like this, less is more, and unfortunately in attempting to keep up with the original’s dynamism, they’ve rather overcooked it.

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