The “collected” part of the title is important: these remixes feel like carefully selected highlights from a wealth of alterations, speaking to how much the band’s original songwriting offers in ideas and inspiration. There’s Haxan Cloak’s dark and industrial version of What Went Down, and on the other hand, Bandwidth’s version of the same song evoking Justice with crunching guitars.
Jagwar Ma’s madchester issue of Mountain At My Gates works squarely in their wheelhouse and delivers massive results, while Alex Metric shapes Bad Habit into a Cut Copy b-side.
These remix albums have a tendency to target superfans, but Collected Reworks Vol. 2 stands on its own.
Collected Reworks by Foals is out October 9 via Warner.
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