Foals, 'Antidotes' (Sub Pop)

Critical Mass
Label: Sub Pop

by Mikael Wood

Fans of Battles' obsessive-compulsive electro-funk will find much to love in the impressive debut by this young British group, who decamped to Brooklyn to make Antidotes with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and the Antibalas horns. Foals kick out live-band post-punk that's as carefully micromanaged as techno tracks -- dig the wound-tight Afro-pop riffs in "The French Opener," which could be King Sunny Ade as remixed by Cornelius. Yet they never let math get in the way of a good time, as the floor-filling groove of "Cassius" proves.



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