“It’s easy to throw some music together and call it a DJ mix,” says Edwin Congreave from Foals. “But we’re not interested in anything mediocre like that.” So began the process of putting together the third installment of !K7’s Tapes series, the follow-up to releases from The Rapture and The Big Pink.
The concept is self-explanatory. It’s a selection made along the lines of an old school cassette mix tape. Two sides, with different moods on each - in this case more song-driven on side one and more dance oriented on side two. There’s even a sound effect to mark the ‘turning over’ point.
Side one starts with a sample from a news report that runs: “Most people gave up on cassette tapes years ago”. Maybe, but the love and care that went into compiling cassette mixes is alive and well here. Congreave raided the other band members’ record collections to craft something that reflects the Foals collective mindset. Not an easy task given their wide-ranging, some might say clashing tastes. It’s a wildly eclectic mix that veers from delicate electronica to world music, woozy disco and new generation house. “We wanted it to reflect the taste of the whole band,” says Congreave. “I wanted to pick music from the whole time we’ve been together. The Bibio remix of “Ted” by Clark is a track that I associate with the beginning of the band. We had a rental van - the band cliche - and we drove ourselves around. We had a cassette player and we used to blast it out. The weirdness and the melody: it’s a very interesting record.”