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.
Streaming above is a track electronic music producer Four Tet recently released on his SoundCloud page. Though the title is “128 Harps,” the track starts off with what sounds like the rattling of 128 tambourines. It’s quite the sound, but that’s always you can always expect from this guy: A solid tune with unique production. I’m a bit surprised at the speed this guy is throwing vocal samples out on this track, too. That hasn’t exactly been his style as of late, but he manages to incorporate a pretty energetic element into what’s an otherwise relaxed atmosphere.
New, radio-ripped track from electronic music producer Four Tet. The dude’s production chops speak for themselves. With a constant 4/4 groove, and a cacophonously intricate mess of sounds surrounding it, Four Tet drops another great track.
Edit: Turns out this track is set to be the b-side on a new 12″, and the a-side to this track just dropped via SoundCloud. Stream it below:
Burial and Four Tet drop a beautiful new collaborative track titled “Nova.” Of course, this isn’t the first time these two have put (amazing) material together, and let’s hope this track is one of many more collaborations to come.
While the beat doesn’t vary enough to get me intro the groove, the atmosphere and choppy keyboards surrounding the rhythm are quite nice. The spectral vocal samples are so faint, they almost feel like a sonic mirage: It’s difficult to completely make them out or really put a finger on them.
The ending is atmospheric as the beginning, but the track doesn’t finish without introducing some pretty nice, bright, drone-y keyboards that carry me off into some kind of magic, electronic, ocean-side dreamland I want to stay in forever.
A new track from none other than Four Tet. The title is “Locked,” and will be getting a 12” release this September according to Four Tet’s SoundCloud page. The song will also be featured on this Fabriclive series mix. Stream the track above and enjoy all eight minutes of it.
Watch a review of the Four Tet album There Is Love In You, which was one of my favorite albums of that year, right here.