On April 28, Four Tet put out two 12″ singles on his TEXT label under his Percussions alias. The singles were “Ascii Bot/Blatant Water Cannon” and “KHLHI/Sext,” both of whose B-sides you can stream above and below. Not a whole lot more to say – it’s the kind of tech-house magic we’ve come to expect from the guy. Remember when he made that beat from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in ten minutes? The dude’s functioning on a higher level.
While Four Tet’s latest records has some interesting tech house-flavored beats, the presentation of tracks here seems a little too loose, scattered to leave a lasting impact as an album. Some good tracks, though.
As we’ve already mentioned, electronic music producer Four Tet has a new album coming out titled Beautiful Rewind, and there’s a new track from it streaming above. While it maintains the particularly rigid assembly of electronic sequences that have been prevalent in Tet’s recent works, it does smooth things out a bit with some beautiful female vocal samples. Enjoy!
Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has shared a lyric video for the zany but substantial title track from his upcoming LP Wenu Wenu. The song has lively, exotic production courtesy of Four Tet, and Souleyman delivers a strong, spirited vocal performance that manages to be thoroughly engaging despite the repetitive lyrics. So far, the outlook for the album sure is promising.
Wenu Wenu is due out October 22nd via Ribbon Music.
Famed electronic music producer Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, has a new album on the way titled Beautiful Rewind, and “Kool FM” is the first single to drop from it.
Like Tet’s Pink compilation forecast, “Kool FM” sees Hebden’s productions heading further into the worlds of tech house and deep house. The 5-minute cut consists mostly of some cold, driving kicks and eerie synths that swell as the song progresses. It’s not a bad track, but it kind of highlights exactly what made at least some of the tracks on Pink a little underwhelming.
Catch a review for Pink below:
Syrian musician Omar Souleyman has announced that he has a new album titled Wenu Wenu due out on October 22nd via Ribbon Music. Souleyman made this new LP with the help of his right-hand man, Rizan Sa’id, but unlike previous efforts; it was recorded primarily in the studio. Excitingly, Wenu Wenu boasts production courtesy of Four Tet.
The haphazard editing and visual esthetic of the album’s trailer wonderfully represent Souleyman’s eccentric, electronically-infused take on Syrian folk music. Enjoy!
KH – “The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room”
Despite the fact that his latest full-length album, There is Love in You, was released in 2010, Four Tet has hardly had an uninteresting past couple of years. Last year brought us Pink, a stellar compilation of 12″ singles that he had released separately prior, and just a few weeks ago, the producer dropped 0181, a collection of material recorded between 1997 and 2001. The producer’s latest offering is a new single under the moniker KH, which is short for his birth name, Kieran Hebden. Stream the comically titled “The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room” above.
Four Tet has become known for his marrying of sounds from the organic and electronic worlds, and this single is no exception. It starts strongly, letting a stimulating house beat and rhythmically idiosyncratic instrumentation make a bold introduction. The real hook of the song, however, is the erratic African chants which arrive about one minute into the track, lending it a certain primal sense of urgency. Given its quality, it’s no surprise that “people keep asking about” this song.
A compiled group of electronic sketches and ideas produced by Four Tet over the course of a four-year period: ’97 to ’01. The completely unexpected collection lasts almost forty minutes, and seems to house quite a few b-sides that sound akin to tracks from beloved Four Tet LPs like Rounds. I guess I’ll be enjoying this as a peep behind the scenes of Kieran Hebden’s creative process.
Today marks the release of Four Tet’s new record Pink, a compilation of sorts that collects all of the 12″ singles that he has released recently for his Text imprint. The album also includes two new tracks, both of which hover around 10 minutes in length and both of which are serious IDM bangers. “Lion” is a retro, house-influenced jam that recalled Aphex Twin’s first collection of so-called ambient music, while the slightly longer “Peace For Earth” is a bit dreamier and forward thinking, with some woozy, disparate synths that give way to lush pads that definitely invoke the song’s title.
Stream both tracks above via YouTube and pick up Pink via Four Tet’s website.