Four Tet has been a regular collaborator, fellow DJ and producer with Jamie xx, with a ‘Seesaw’ production credit and club edit, VCR remix =, ‘Angel’ remix and b2b sets a regular occurence.
The xx released their newest and third album I See You in January and yesterday, Four Tet posted his remix of ‘A Violent Noise’ taking his cue from the song’s more boisterous second half.It follows a similar albeit less-intense dynamic to his epic Eric Prydz remix, also below.
Kieran Hebden has collated some music he’s released on once-off compilations dating from 1996 to 2013.
You may recognise ‘Moma’, ‘For These Times’, ‘Pockets’ and ‘Castles Made Of Sand among them.
Over the years there have been some pieces of music that I have made specially for compilation projects or have ended being released only as part of a compilation album. As time passes I look back at this music and find the context it was originally put in often feels a bit random now. So I have put together this new album called Randoms that brings together this music in a different way. The oldest track here is Field from 1996, the first Four Tet track ever released on Leaf Records Invisible Soundtracks compilation. The most recent is Gillie Amma I Love You which was made for a charity project called BOATS in 2013. All the tracks here have been released before and I am sure some internet searching will give you the full details if you are interested. Thank you to everyone who originally commissioned and released this music. The artwork for this was made by Jason Evans.
Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.
Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.
Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.
Four Tet dropped two new songs yesterday, an A-side and a B-side from two different 12″ releases on his own label Text.
Both tracks are collaborations, one with Designer and one with Champion. The latter is my favourite of the two, an exotic rhythm with what sounds like Grimes on vocals. The tracks are making their way to record shops soon.
Designer + Four Tet – Mothers/Dark TEXT038
Champion + Four Tet – Flip Side/Disparate TEXT039
I heard the new Text 12s are arriving this week… was supposed to be last year but things got long because vinyl is massive on amazons now
Bloc returns from 11 to 13 March 2016 in Butlins Resort Minehead near Bristol with an impressive lineup including:
Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes / Four Tet / Jeff Mills / Floating Points / Carl Craig – Modular Pursuits / Ben Klock / Nina Kraviz / Omar-S / Evian Christ / Holly Herndon / Motor City Drum Ensemble / Rødhåd / Trade ft. Surgeon & Blawan / Steve Davis ( the snooker player is a keen selector) / Tama Sumo b2b Lakuti / Andrew Weatherall b2b Optimo / Steffi / Ben UFO / Magic Mountain High ft. Move D, Juju & Jordash / Bicep / Daniel Avery / Helena Hauff / Ugandan Methods ft. Regis & Ancient Methods / Midland / Jimmy Edgar / Fast Eddie / Lone / Objekt / Daniel Miller / Demdike Stare / Powell / ItaloJohnson / James Ruskin / Laurel Halo / Lakker / Dasha Rush / Fatima Yamaha / Rrose / Dom & Roland / Sandrien / Kahn / d:Bridge / Shanti Celeste / Ø [Phase] / Aurora Halal / Jane Fitz / DJ Skirt / JoeFarr / Steevio & Suzybee
Early bird tickets are sold out but chalets are available from £179 + fees. More info.
Metropolis Festival in the RDS in Dublin on 7th and 8th of November has just added a load of acts to its lineup:
Hot Chip, Vic Mensa, Le Galaxie, Formation, Booka Brass Band, Flight Facilities, Omar Souleyman, Vince Staples, Trinity Orchestra (performing LCD Soundsystem), Floating Points, Four Tet, White Collar Boy, Gemma Dunleavy, CLU, Benji B and Forrests.
As well as that, they’ve announced the day-by-day breakdown:
Todd Terje [LIVE]
Dorian Concept [LIVE]
Matthew Herbert [LIVE]
Cloud Castle Lake
Booka Brass Band
White Collar Boy
CHIC feat Nile Rodgers
Four Tet [LIVE]
Nosaj Thing [LIVE]
Maribou State [LIVE]
Trinity Orchestra Perform LCD Soundystem
Kormac’s Big Band
Four Tet has turned his remix brain to Chvrches‘ recent single from second album Every Open Eye,, out on September 25th.
Hebden’s 7-minute remix of the track has some of his signature unfurling melodic and effects to it. The first three minutes is spent building the track before the vocals are heard for the first time in refrain form.
Kieran Hebden and jazz drummer Steve Reid had a fortuitous partnership across the generations that allowed the pair to explore new forms in jazz and improvised electronic, not to mention make four albums, three recorded live in a short time period and another Tongues, more of a traditional studio record but not by much.
After last week’s surprise album release of Morning/Evening, Hebden announced a new release on his TEXT label that marks a return to the collaboration, the first since Reid passed away in 2006. Their cover of Derrick May’s ‘Strings Of life’ was recorded at the Green Man Festival in August 2006 and proceeds from the vinyl release coming in the next few weeks go to The Steve Reid Foundation.
Derp, let’s put it down to a post-festival week but I’ve only just got around to hearing Four Tet’s new record which he posted on Bandcamp a few days ago for €6 and for streaming. Which is a pity, as Morning/Evening would serve as a fine post-festival comedown album.
There are two 20-minute tracks and they were recorded between August 2014 and February 2015, using a laptop computer with the Ableton Live “to control and mix VST synthesizers and manipulations of found audio recordings.”
‘Morning’ starts with an insistent dance beat in which a dreamy Indian singer unfurls across, joined by gentle strings and bells which melds and meshes together across the 20 minute running time. It feels live (which it is) and it also feels like a DJ mix. Kieran Hebden’s ability to create a pleasing palette of sounds and then bend them into a series of beautiful configurations within those rhthymic and tonal parameters is a strength as the song never meanders but wanders in a exploratory manner.
‘Evening’ has similar tones in its female vocal samples, but while taking on a similar palette, the generated bells and twinkles are tempered by synth bassline that pulses around the arrangement, as opposed to strings. It’s reminiscent of The Orb’s ambient elongated styles. About two/thirds into this collision course of collage sounds, a beat emerges among the pings and the song gives way to a recognisable jazzy early Four Tet drum pattern.
It’s an interesting stopgap-style release, one that demands little but offers much if you give it your full attention.
Physical versions of the albums are released on TEXT in July.
Bodytonic and Hidden Agenda just threw a spanner in the works for your August bank holiday plans with the reveal of The BeatYard happening in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on August 1st and 2nd.
Music guests include:
Sister Sledge, Lindstrom, Four Tet, Neneh Cherry, Madlib, I Am The Cosmos, Public Service Broadcasting, Barrington Levy, Horse Meat Disco, Midnight Magic, Embrz, RiZA, Craig Charles, DJ Marky, Telephones, Optimo vs. Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night), Sim Simma and more.
There are also a whole lot of food and drink options like 3FE Barista Jam, Big Blue Bus, Teddy’s ice Cream (naturally), Angel Churros, Staple Foods, Suhas Falafel, Brewtonic Beer Hall and Wine-yl Ville.
There’s also Graffiti, The Gamesyard with The Back R.A.G.E and Pinball Parlour; Dub City Sneaks (Dublin’s first sneaker fair), vinyl records, crazy golf and more.
There’s always a worry that a talented rapper such as Roots Manuva will only be remembered for his greatest hit, in Rodney Smith’s case ‘Witness The Fitness’.
In my opinion, his last great album was 2005’s Awfully Deep though 2008’s Slime & Reason has its moments and 2013’s ‘Stolen Youth’ was a return to form. But it’s good to hear a Roots Manuva track with production by one of the best. Four Tet provides a weird “boat race”-featuring rhythm for Smith on ‘Facety 2:11’ (Facety is patois slang for being rude). The end result is a weird and wonky tune that makes Smith sound vital and current too.
The B-side features production from Machinedrum too so it may not be a one off for the album to come.
Four Tet’s shelved remix of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ wasn’t heard publicly until last week when Four Tet joined Jon Hopkins and played it on his BBC Radio One residency.
Which is a pity, as Kieran Hebden’s reworking really amped up the sentiment of the original, with a lullaby-style bells and tones backing to Chris Martin’s vocals. The remix was commissioned by the label but it never came out and said that Martin’s vocal take he was sent was one of the best he’s ever received. The clicks in the tracks were samples of Ainsley Harriott cooking on Ready Steady Cook.
Anyone who has witnessed one of Caribou’s incendiary live performances in recent years will dig this.
The Caribou Vibration Ensemble EP is a live three-track recording of Dan Snaith’s 2011 touring project which including the Caribou live band, Four Tet, James Holden, Ahmed Gallab of Sinkane and the quartet of horn players who helped record the album Swim: Kyle Brenders, Colin Fisher, Rob Piilonen and Steve Ward.
There are three tracks on it: a near-nine minute live version of ‘Bowls’, a 13-minute version of ‘Sun’ and an improv track. Two were recording in Ghent, Belgium and one was recorded at Scala in London.
The release is dedicated to sound engineer Julia Brightly who did sound for Caribou, Mogwai and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and who passed away in 2011 (a track on Caribou’s latest Our Love is named after her). As a result, all proceeds will go towards genderedintelligence.co.uk