Kieran Hebden, otherwise known as Four Tet, has been held in high regard for a while now. Once content to stay outside the fold, creating off-kilter pieces of electronica, devoid of classification and markedly different to his contemporaries, he now seems to be making gentle inroads into the world of bass music.
While that may seem horrifying to some die-hard fans, Hebden’s interpretation of the current melting pot of bass, techno and goodness knows what else remains as thoughtful and well-crafted as ever. It’s no wonder the new generation of house and techno producers revere him as something of a forefather.
On ‘Jupiters’ arpeggiated synths bounce along at a dizzying rate before taking the listener completely by surprise with a crushing bassline, punctuated along the way by tiny percussive clicks and pops. The second track ‘Ocoras’ has already been featured on Gilles Peterson’s rather splendid 6Music show; though it makes for an interesting listen, the trudging techno build-up struggles to yield anything as joyous and exciting as ‘Jupiters’.