With all this recent talk of Smalltown Supersound, one would be forgiven for thinking there was a global conspiracy behind their ubiquity. With incredible records from Lindstrøm and Tussle still fresh in our minds, we now have news of a debut album from Four Tet collaborators RocketNumberNine.
With his recent brain-teasingly long-named track still fresh in our minds, Four Tet has announced the next record to be released through his own Text label is a collaboration with RocketNumberNine that took place in July last year.
I’m sure you’ve all had the memo by now: Kieran “Four Tet” Hebden has a new song out and everybody’s talking about it. Though, one could argue the reason they’re talking about it is not its sonic magnificence, but its obscenely long title.
As we all know, those digital singles and double a-sides look horribly untidy in the music collection of the compulsively organised, so it’s jolly good news to hear that Kieran “Four Tet” Hebden will be fixing that with a new full length album entitled ‘Pink’ that features all the tracks he’s been gradually leaking over the past year.
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.
Continuing in light of the strength of the past few releases, Four Tet is once again putting his Text label to good use. The new single ‘Locked’ is something of a departure from past LPs, but continues in the vein of his recent remixes for the likes of Radiohead and Pantha Du Prince.
The more conventional time signatures coupled with the focused drum patterns and catchy synths make for a much more danceable affair. That said, the laid back chord progressions and almost melancholic harmonies remind us why we love Hebden so much; giving way to a driving bassline that barely hints at Grime.
The track is also featured on his upcoming FabricLive mixtape, which you can preorder here.
As promised, the second installment of Radiohead‘s ‘King Of Limbs’ remix series has dropped and features an equally impressive line-up of producers. The new 12″ follows on from the Caribou and Jacques Greene remixes of ‘Little By Little’ and ‘Lotus Flower’ respectively.
Ramadanman takes on his Pearson Sound alias to remix ‘Morning Mr. Magpie’, Lone remixes ‘Feral’ and Four Tet takes on ‘Separator’. The remix package is set for release on August 1 via Ticket Tape, you can preorder it from Boomkat here.
It should be no surprise that Kieran “Four Tet” Hebden has completed work on the 59th installment of the FabricLive series, given the constant speculation of late. While the Fabric mixes have always gone for the better crafted than the popular, it seems they’re going even more leftfield of late with producers you wouldn’t ordinarily associate with a club atmosphere.
Of course, Hebden’s trademark attention to detail plays a role as he even went so far as to send his audio engineer and friend Sasha Lewis to make field recordings from the nightclub, which feature as a highlight and pause, breaking the mix into different parts.
According to Resident Advisor the mixtape was “put together using a computer, albeit with a somewhat different approach. Every track was recorded in from vinyl; new Four Tet material was cut to acetates, and no cleaning or levelling was applied at the mastering stage.” The ‘Fabriclive.59′ CD comes out September 19.
02. Michael Redolfi – Immersion Partielle
03. Crazy Bald Heads – First Born
04. Persian – Feel Da Vibe
05. KH – 101112
06. Youngstar (Musical Mob) – Pulse X
07. Crazy Bald Heads – First Born (Four Tet Remix)
08. Floating Points – Sais (dub)
09. Apple – Mr Bean
10. Manitoba – Webers
11. Big Bird – Flav (Urban Myths Remix)
12. Genius – Waiting
13. Four Tet – Fabric
14. David Borden – The Continuing Story of Counterpoint Part Nine
15. STL – Dark Energy
16. Percussions – Percussions One
17. C++ – Angie’s Fucked
18. Burial – Street Halo
19. KMA – Cape Fear
20. WK7 – Higher Power
21. Ricardo Villalobos – Sieso
22. Four Tet – Pyramid
23. Red Rack ‘em – How I Program
24. Active Minds – Hobson’s Choice (Tune For Da Man Dem)
25. Armando Gallop & Steve Poindexter – Blackholes
27. Four Tet – Locked
Yes, you read that right; Four Tet‘s Kieran Hebden is using his recently revived Text Records to put out some absolutely stonking releases this year – you may remember mention of his collaboration with Caribou earlier this year. Well, it turns out he’s collaborated with Burial and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
Four Tet has a new split 12″ out with Dan “Caribou” Snaith. Following on from the massive success of both ‘Swim’ and ‘There Is Love In You’, the two artists – who previously collaborated back when Caribou was Manitoba – are putting out a double a-side together on Hebden’s own Text Records.
Hebden’s track ‘Pinnacles’ is a rather more dancefloor-friendly effort than anything we’ve heard from him before. Caribou’s effort sees him assume the name Daphni for an 8-bit techno monster on the other side.
Stream them below and then grab your copy when it comes out. Also, keep an eye on the Four Tet website for more info.