Unfortunately, all this third instalment tells us is that Oxford indie dance outfit, Foals, still have a lot to learn about mix dynamics. "It's easy to throw some random music together and call it a DJ mix, but I wanted to make something more ambitious," pledges the band's DJ, Edwin Congreave, in the press release. Yet, this often sounds very, well, thrown together. That it proceeds through a series of fading segues, blends, lingering overlays and possibly knowing homages to the pause-button edit, before settling into a period of rudimentary beat-matched mixing, is not a problem. Technically flawless DJs often create boring mixes. Not-mixing is an honourable tradition itself; and in the laptop age, Foals deserve credit for not just falling back on Ableton.
But whatever route you choose, it must work. Repeatedly, here, as tunes clash, impetus is lost and genres are rammed together, you wonder why they didn't leave it unmixed. Don't get me wrong: messy cacophony can be good. The (at times) treble-soaked, ear-bursting moves from A-to-B favoured here could be thrilling, were they to cast the competing tunes in a new light or produce a fresh thunderclap of energy, but they don't. There may be a way of getting from Nico Jaar to Dorian Concept's lunatic bass-reverberations in three songs, but this is not it.
Yes, there is the occasional arresting selection (the manic, overclocked hi-life of Konono No1's "Paradiso" for one), but for all Foals' much-vaunted eclecticism, the roll call of names that dominate the second half—Art Department, Marshall Jefferson, Julio Bashmore, Caribou—will hardly set the average Resident Advisor regular's pulses racing. Moreover, it all needs rearranging, programming, as a specialist like Diplo or Dixon might, to build and manipulate tone and atmosphere, create a narrative exclusive to this mix.
Perhaps it isn't meant for you. If you come to Foals from an exclusively indie rock perspective, this may blow your tiny mind. But if this is Foals' attempt to infiltrate clubland proper, it falls short.