Four Tet was back in the Essential Mix hotseat over the weekend and he contributed a varied mix of music that included his own tracks, unreleased collabs with Joy Orbison, jungle, Ben Klock, Britney Spears, Basement Jaxx, Destiny’s Child, Bicep, Anthony Naples and more.

That is to say then that it’s a bit of a scattershot but enjoyable mix – perfect for getting you through what the Americans call humpday.

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Four Tet plays Forbidden Fruit this year.

Posted on March 21st, 2018

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The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team. Subscribe to the weekly Spotify playlist (1.2k subscribers) or the daily playlist (4.9k subscribers).

1.

Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush

British producer Jon Hopkins seems intent on developing his own signature variant of electronic music with this new single ‘Emerald Rush’. The track retains much of the sonic entropy on his 2013 album Immunity but finds the artist adding elements of contemporary art music. The track is the first single from his forthcoming album Singularity, due for release on May 4th.


2.

serpentwithfeet – bless ur heart

American experimental R&B and Gospel singer serpentwithfeet has released ‘bless ur heart’ as the lead single from his upcoming LP Soil. Having recently featured on Bjork’s ‘Blissing me’,’bless ur heart’ is sweet yet sombre thank you note to a lover. The artist seems to have been working on perfecting the nu-R&B school of sound, Soil is due for release on June 8th. The album will be released under the joint supervision of Secretly Canadian and Tri Angle Records.


3.

Alyss – MisKayani

Alyss has built her reputation on maintaining a forward thinking approach to writing and releasing dance music. Recent releases have included the hypnotic ‘TSIER’ and the pop infused ‘Pyramid’. This new release ‘MisKayani’, inspired by Peruvian mythology, instantly impresses with catchy hooks and pulsing rhythms.


4.

Beach House – Dive

American dream pop duo Beach House have returned from their brief hiatus with new single ‘Dive’. The song is the first to be released from the band’s upcoming album 7, due for release on May 11th. While it does feature many of the sonic elements the band have spent the best part of 15 years developing, the group sound rejuvenated on this track. The addition of fuller drum sounds and whirling guitars give the song a much needed kick.


5.

Young Fathers – Toy

Edinburgh-based hip hop outfit Young Fathers have seen a return to form with their new album Cocoa Sugar and this fine track.The album recently featured on our 6 new albums to hear list. ‘Toy’ feels like a spiritual homage to the punk energy of the group’s debut long-form release Dead.


6.

George Fitzgerald – Roll Back (feat. Lil Silva)

English producer George Fitzgerald has released ‘Roll Back’ as the lead single from his new album All that must be. The single, featuring English producer and DJ Lil Silva, is a slow burning thoughtful electronic track. Fitzgerald has stated that the new album intends to give more focus to the piano, a statement backed up by the patiently and attentively crafted ‘Roll Back’.


7.

Bicep – Opal (Four Tet remix)

Fresh from their self titled album release in 2017, Bicep have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting dance music producers in the scene. With a reputation for innovation is English musician Four Tet, who here superbly remixes ‘Opal’. A match made in musical heaven.


8.

Tom Misch – It Flows Through Me (Feat De La Soul)

This charming song from London singer songwriter Tom Misch combines the best elements of the pop, jazz and hip hop traditions. The end result is the fantastic ‘It Flows Through Me’, which features a verse from De La Soul. A love letter to music itself, this track is full of movement and joy.


9.

Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News

American artist Leon Bridges may have his roots in gospel and soul, but new track ‘Bad Bad News’ sees him pushing for a more attitude-driven R&B style. The song features on his forthcoming album Good Thing, due for release on May 4th, and is driven by an infectious groove and Bridge’s excellent vocal delivery.


Posted on March 13th, 2018

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Dekmantel today released a video that let their lineup out of the bag and it’s a good one.

The video in question doesn’t make it easy to get the acts – with an audio-only reaming off the lineup that will be hitting the festival from the 1st to the 5th of August in and around Amsterdam. Here’s most of what we picked up:

Lineup

  • Orbital
  • Four Tet
  • Helena Hauff
  • Shackleton
  • Objekt
  • Thundercat
  • Lena Willikens
  • Terry & Gyan Riley
  • Tangerine Dream
  • DJ Stingray
  • Cashew
  • Charlotte Vendix
  • Palms Trax
  • Sassy J
  • Tim Hecker
  • Yves Tumor
  • Detroit In Effect
  • Identified Patient
  • Silent Servant
  • The Bug
  • Voiski
  • Regis
  • Special Request
  • Young Marco
  • John Talabot
  • James Holden
  • Dam Funk
  • Phase Fatale
  • Laraaji
  • John Maus
  • Or:la
  • Shanti Celeste
  • Carl Craig Presents Versus Synthesizer Ensemble
  • Tom Trago
  • Goldie & Randall
  • Donato Dozzy
  • Randomer
  • Call Super
  • Mount Kimbie
  • DVS1
  • DJ Bone
  • Oscar Mulero
  • Dekmantel Soundsystem

Tickets

Dekmantel Pre-register ticket sale starts January 24 at 12:00 CET. General Presale ticket sale starts January 25 at 12:00 CET. Tickets will be available through Dekmantel.com.

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

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Forbidden Fruit have announced their third round of acts for the festival on June Bank Holiday weekend in Kilmainham.

Joining the likes of Grizzly Bear, The War On Drugs, Vince Staples, Justice and Bicep are:

Richie Hawtin
Mike D (DJ Set / Beastie Boys)
Four Tet (live)
Ben UFO
Ibibio Sound Machine
Dj Deece
AE Mak
R. Kitt
Willaris K

The line up looks like this:

Saturday 2nd
Justice
Richie Hawtin
Glass Animals

Sunday 3rd
Bonobo
Vince Staples
Four Tet


Across the weekend

Mike D (Dj Set)
Bicep (Live)
Denis Sulta
Ben Ufo
Hunee
Ibibio Sound Machine
Ross From Friends (Live)
Willaris K
Dj Deece
Ae Mak
R.Kitt (Live)

Monday
The War On Drugs
Grizzly Bear
Warpaint
Thundercat
Superorganism
Spoon

Tickets

Day tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 24 January via Ticketmaster
Saturday Day (2nd)
1st Release – €64.50

Sunday Day (3rd)
1st Release – €64.50

Monday Day (4th) ON SALE NOW
1st Release – €64.50

Two Day Weekend (Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd) ON SALE NOW
1st Release – €109.00
2nd Release – €119.00

Three Day (Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd, Mon 4th) ON SALE NOW
1st Release – €162.50

Posted on January 20th, 2018

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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


1.

Daphni – Joli Mai

Any new music from Dan Snaith is always welcome around here and a new Daphni album largely culled from his recent Fabriclive mix also serves that notion. Why? Because you get some grade A dancefloor bangers in their unedited form. So we get songs we have heard like ‘Face To Face’, ‘Hey Drum’, ‘Tin’, ‘Medellen’ and ‘Vikram’ (first heard in 2015) among others but given their own chance to shine away from a mix format.

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2.

Kelela – Take Me Apart

LA singer Kelela took her time in constructing her debut album because she didn’t want to repeat the club-mix sounds of her EPs and mixtape. So her debut full-length is not as immediate for listeners but there’s much more to explore in these deftly-constructed modern R&B tracks. Kelela’s sultry honey voice and preoccupations around relationships, both sexual and sensual, are the big draw here while producers like Jam City, Arca, Al Shux, Kingdom and Bok Bok set out a celestial electronic backdrop that points the way forward for the future of the genre.

Listen on Spotify.


3.

Four Tet – New Energy

Kieran Hebden moves away from the dancefloor and limited releases for his ninth album which pares things back to a low-tempo and a comforting series of contemplative almost new-age sounding tracks that call back to his earlier work as opposed to his club-orientated output of recent years. Four Tet’s music has tightened up its arrangements largely due to those recent explorations but on New Energy , there is lots of room for melodic mellowness. The focus is on the mind and spirit as opposed to the feet.

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4.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid

Walking the line between playful electronic and avant garde, Aurelia Smith’s new album is less ambient than before which may turn off those looking for a suitable background release. While it’s also built on a narrative that follows the human lifespan in four stages, there’s enough here on its own to stand apart and grab your attention on its own and fans of modular synths will love the Buchla tones combined with the almost pop melodies at play here.

Listen on Spotify


5.

Jordan Rakei – Wallflower

New Zealand singer-songwriter turns in some Rhye-esque soul on a fine fine album on Ninja Tune.

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Posted on October 9th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Jessie Ware – ‘Midnight’

The soul singer with a penchant for featuring on upbeat dancefloor tracks and the UK’s closest artist to a new Sadé, Jessie Ware returns to her torch-bearing soul sound with more confident vocals than ever before and an Andre 300 Love Below-style production. It was co-written by Kiah Victoria, Jordan Thomas and Carrius Gold, three upcoming songwriters from London and co-produced by Carrius Gold and Pop Wansel (Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj).


Bantum’s mini-album Move from last year has spawned a series of solid remixes from Mix & Fairbanks and Phare and now, Daithí is the producer to tackle the Cork man’s track ‘Feel Your Rhythm’ with a fresh perspective.

The Clareman takes the original’s feature guests Rusangano Family and Senita (Lakerama, Shookrah) and brings some fresh energy to the original, adding new focus to Rusangano’s verses. This tune slayed at Body & Soul so catch Bantum and Another Love Story and Electric Picnic in the next month.


3.

Kelela – ‘LMK’

One of my favourite new artists of the last few years, Kelela has returned with new music.’LMK’, which stands for “Let me Know” restablishes Kelela’s clubby R&B sound as heard on Cut 4 Me mixtape and Hallucinogen EP.

It’s taken from her album Take Me Apart out on October 6th on Warp Records.


4.

King Henry feat. Rhye – ‘Moment’

I sometimes find Rhye’s music too soft or elegant to grasp when it doesn’t quite land but on this track from a one-time Bieber and Beyoncé collaborator its the mark. Mike Milosh’s beguiling effeminate voice is ably matched by a muted and buzzing arrangement.


5.

Blue Hawaii – ‘No One Like You’

When not singing with her weightier band Braids, Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell has been playing with Alexander ‘Agor’ Kerby as Blue Hawaii since 2014 but they’ve just announced Tenderness, their first album in four years (October 6th via Arbutus Records).

The album’s lead track interpolates the hook of Kenix feat. Bobby Youngblood’s ‘There’s Never Been (No One Like You)’, an absolute jam it must be said.


6.

Four Tet – ‘Planet’

Another beautiful dance track from the master. Last month it was ‘Two Thousand And Seventeen’ and ‘Planet’ falls somewhere between his soft and dancefloor sensibilities.


7.

Bicep – ‘Glue’

Bicep, Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson are gearing up to release their debut album on Ninja Tune next month.

We’ve heard the excellent ‘Aura’ from the album and seen the tracklisting.

‘Glue’, the duo’s followup preview is a less dancefloor-focused but a shimmering slice of electronica.

Bicep is out on September 1st.


8.

Tender – ‘Machine’

Songs about domination and control have traditionally been about relationships between humans but Tender addresses the very modern and young problem of a partner who spends too much time staring at their phone instead of spending time with the person in front of them. We are all guilty of it and should be aware of it actively. The London band uses the idea of cellular distraction as an example of an disintegrating connection in a relationship. Their album Modern Addiction is out Sept 1st.


9.

Lone – ‘Mind’s Eye Melody’

Matt Cutler followed up his hip-hop-infused fifth album Reality Testing with Levitate last year which was more ravey and breakbeat-oriented (‘Backtail is Heavy’). Since then, there’s been an Ambivert Tools Vol 1 lead by the hard-edged ‘Crush Mood’ and this track which recalls his earlier melodic work.


10.

Birthday – ‘Que Pasa’

Atmospheric electronic dreamy pop on Shlohmo’s LA- based Label WEDIDIT/ Tombstone Recordings from Birthday, who are a duo named after the venue in London Birthdays.


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All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

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Posted on August 4th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Mura Masa – ‘Nuggets’ feat. bonzai

After last Friday’s Damon Albarn and Christine & The Queens drops, Mura Masa returns to his old friend, the Irish/London vocalist and makes his best song in a while thanks to a rubbery bassline and Bonzai’s convicted delivery.


2.

SZA – ‘Love Galore’

I spent a lot of time writing about SZA this week and this song keeps coming back to my ears.


3.

Felix Pallas – ‘Similarities’

A Belgian band who are our blog friend Disco Naivete’s first release as a label, ‘Similarities’ is a sheenful dance-pop track rooted in full-band dynamics that reaches unexpected peaks.


4.

The Academic – ‘Bear Claws’

The Mullingar band have re-recorded the song that turned everyone’s heads a few years back. This tighter version of the singalong indie-pop song is tighter and comes from the band’s debut album to come.


5.

Shay Lia – What’s Your Problem?

Kaytranada on the beat and Shay Lia on the R&B low-end flow.


6.

Skepta – ‘Hypocrisy’

“They try to disrespect me / When they’re online especially /But everything cool when they check me / Because I’m so cool and deadly / See, I had to realise slowly / That nobody actually knows me/ Yeah, man, I’ve got fifteen different iPhones / But I am so not phoney.” Skepta, true to form. He declined some amazing dinners and an MBE apparently.


7.

Shabazz Palaces – ‘When Cats Claw’

Extraterrestial alt-rap group Shabazz Palaces will release two albums next Friday : Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines but until that overload arrives drink in ‘When Cats Claw’, a echo chambering track.


8.

Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen’

Kieran Hebden returns to the relative calm of his early work with this minimally-pitched track that lets a string instrument become the main focus.


3 New Music flavours:

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The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

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Posted on July 7th, 2017

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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.

The song was added to the Nialler9 DJ Chart.

Posted on April 12th, 2017

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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.
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Posted on June 21st, 2016

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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.

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Nialler9’s albums of the decade (2000-2010)

  1. The KnifeSilent Shout (2006)
  2. Joanna Newsom Ys  (2006)
  3. Broken Social SceneBroken Social Scene (2005)
  4. Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf (2002)
  5. Arcade FireFuneral  (2005)
  6. J DillaDonuts  (2006)
  7. BattlesMirrored (2007)
  8. Animal Collective –  Feels  (2005)
  9. RadioheadKid A  (2001)
  10. Why? Alopecia (2008)
  11. GorillazDemon Days  (2005)
  12. The StrokesIs this it?  (2001)
  13. MIA/DiploPiracy Funds Terrorism / Arular    (2004/2005)
  14. Four TetRounds (2003)
  15. Cannibal OxCold Vein (2001)
  16. Death in VegasScorpio Rising  (2003)
  17. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver (2007)
  18. Panda BearPerson Pitch  (2007)
  19. The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material  (2002)
  20. Aphex TwinDrukqs  (2001)
  21. PlaidDouble Figure (2001)
  22. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLevez vos Skinny Fists (2000)
  23. Saul WilliamsSaul Williams (2004)
  24. MadvillainMadvillainy  (2004)
  25. Buck 65Talkin’ Honky Blues  (2003)
  26. SquarepusherGo Plastic (2001)
  27. Sufjan StevensSeven Swans  (2004)
  28. The AvalanchesSince I Left You  (2000)
  29. Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World  (2002)
  30. BeirutThe Flying Club Cup  (2007)
  31. DJ ShadowThe Private Press  (2002)
  32. Girl TalkNight Ripper  (2006)
  33. Broken Social SceneYou Forgot it in People (2003)
  34. Grizzly Bear  – Veckatimest (2009)
  35. Bon Iver For Emma Forever Ago  (2008)
  36. CamilleLe Fil  (2006)
  37. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post-Pavilion  (2009)
  38. El-PI’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007)
  39. Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005)
  40. OutkastStankonia (2000)
  41. DangerdoomThe Mouse and the Mask (2005)
  42. The Beta BandHot Shots II (2001)
  43. Max TundraMastered by Guy at the Exchange (2002)
  44. MogwaiMr Beast (2006)
  45. Primal Scream XTRMNTR  (2000)
  46. Wolf ParadeApologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  47. Jamie LidellMultiply  (2005)
  48. Dangermouse The Grey Album (2004)
  49. Flying LotusLos Angeles  (2008)
  50. Shugo TokumaruL.S.T. (2006)

Posted on February 25th, 2016

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Four Tet is the co-writer and co-producer of ‘SeeSaw’, a track from Jamie xx’s debut album In Colour featuring Romy of the xx.

Last night he shared an edit of the track, with beefed up beats for the club:

“Jamie and I made seesaw in 2013. This is another version I did last year to DJ with… different drums and mix and arrangement.”

The song is on iTunes now for download.

Posted on February 4th, 2016

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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

Posted on January 20th, 2016

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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.

Posted on November 11th, 2015

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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:

Saturday

The Roots
Hot Chip
Flight Facilities
Vic Mensa
Todd Terje [LIVE]
Tiga [Live]
Le Galaxie
Vince Staples
Omar Souleyman
Dorian Concept [LIVE]
Matthew Herbert [LIVE]
Cloud Castle Lake
Formation
Booka Brass Band
CLU
White Collar Boy
Gemma Dunleavy

Sunday

CHIC feat Nile Rodgers
Mark Ronson
Jamie xx
Giorgio Moroder
Kaytranada
Four Tet [LIVE]
Jeff Mills
Kerri Chandler
KiNK [LIVE]
Floating Points
Nosaj Thing [LIVE]
Maribou State [LIVE]
Benji B
Trinity Orchestra Perform LCD Soundystem
Kormac’s Big Band
Forrests

Posted on September 10th, 2015

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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.

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Posted on August 26th, 2015

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