More of these links because the Internet insists on releasing music at grotesque speeds. Four Tet drops a 855 hour mix on Rinse FM, but you only listen to the last two in podcast form. Safe bet. Somewhere in here is a Burial and Four Track collaboration where they flip Mariah Carey. It’s unsurprisingly great […]
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Adam Wray will sell you a flux capacitator for the right price. Four Tet aka Kieran Hebden is on one hell of a run. Since mid 2011, he’s been releasing a steady stream of original tunes, remixes, and collaborations that have cemented him as one of dance music’s most consistent and inventive producers. He’s one […]
Peter Holslin helped pioneer the bouzoki. I expected something strange when the news first broke that Syrian singer Omar Souleyman was teaming up with U.K. electronics conjurer Four Tet. Souleyman is a fairly straight-ahead musician—his raspy Arabic folk-pop jams just go, putting groove above all else. While Four Tet has a better ear for texture […]
The Corrections is a series where Passion of the Weiss staff writers listen to a classic album that they somehow never heard. Round 2 comes courtesy of Son Raw. So why have I never heard Rounds? Well gather here children and let me take you back to 2003: Bush was invading Iraq, 50 Cent was […]
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In what might be the greatest Soundcloud comment of all time or at least today, someone described this Four Tet refix of RN9’s “Rotunda” as like being at Mardi Gras in a submarine. This is underwater party music, voodoo bells and veiled street shouts and the feeling of being submerged. Four Tet has always sought […]
Adam Wray calls it how he wants to call it. Having spent nearly two months with “Suit & Tie,” I’d given up on it growing on me. I’d chalked up my initial disappointment to unfair expectations, but the truth is: it’s a junk tune. It’s heartless mall-funk, simultaneously limp and uptight, overstuffed and empty. It’s […]
Adam Wray wrote that Onion headline. I work in a boring office, spending 40ish hours per week sitting at a boring desk, staring at boring spreadsheets. I complain about my job a lot, but beyond paying a decent wage, it gives me total freedom to listen to music all damn day. At a time when […]
The History of Four Tet January 15, 2013
Back before Biggie died and dub started stepping, there were the early experiments of Four Tet — now curated, collected and self-released on his Soundcloud. This is Best-Of his early work between 1997 and 2001. There are hints of the unwieldy folktronica tag that came later and his roots in rap production. The British love […]
Vote Aaron Frank for Secretary of Agriculture. Around my fifth listen of Jamie xx’s new Four Tet remix, I noticed a Soundcloud comment that almost exactly mirrored my feelings on the track. “Totally incredible. It’s the future,” the comment read. And while the first part might have been bombastic praise, the second part about it […]
Even when Four Tet says nothing it’s a beautiful use of negative space. That’s the take home test given to Kieren Hebden when asked to remix The xx’s “Angels.” His on-point answer is to accentuate the strengths of the British mild-pop trio and mask their shortcomings. He fills in the silences with heart beat and […]