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Electronic/Dance - Released September 19, 2011 | Fabric Worldwide

Distinctions Album du mois Trax - The Unusual Suspects
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Electronic/Dance - Released May 13, 2013 | Domino Recording Co

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25 years old, his third solo album and first masterpiece. In Spring 2003, Four Tet secured himself as one of the United Kingdom’s unmissable electronic producers with Rounds, an entirely instrumental album in which some 300 samples are used! The most famous, that of Winter by Tori Amos on Unspoken, has since been dropped due to rights issues – the track has now been reworked. For the rest, Kieran Hebden rummaged deeply though the record trays, to places where others wouldn’t dare venture. This pays off with the surprising and tenacious sample from French 70s folk group, Malicorne, where the scarcely retouched loop from Le Bouvier features on the remarkable As Serious As Your Life, and would go on to be the object of an equally splendid remix by Jay Dee with Guilty Simpson that same year. Known for laying the foundations for the folktronica genre, Rounds is, from end to end, a muddle of drums, percussion, brass, bells and strings. It’s a truly industrious work that gives a rarely equalled sense of unity, from the nursery-rhyme-like My Angel Rocks Back and Forth to the hip-hop Unspoken. A masterpiece that’ll make your ears curl like no other. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Ambient - Released March 13, 2020 | Text Records

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This is the tenth studio album by the stalwart of the British electronic scene; Sixteen Oceans offers an hour-long journey through Four Tet’s inspired mind. The album which could too hastily be labelled ‘ambient’ starts off upbeat with School and Baby, a perfect warm-up with a 2-step beat and a “Take Me On” chopped vocal (a catchy Ellie Goulding sample). Granted, Harpsichord (featuring notes played on the instrument of the same name), Green and 4T Recordings (which resound like the soundtrack to a forest on Pandora) are pretty ambient, but they also prove that Four Tet is no one trick pony. The producer dives into downtempo/electronica with tracks such as the single Teenage Birdsong and its jumble of blades and keyboards, spoils us with the Burial-esque underground beat of Love Salad and gets trippy with aquatic samples (Bubbles At Overlook 25th March 2019). Some standouts from this album full of surprises include Something in the Sadness, a nod to Mathew Jonson, and Insect Near Piha Beach, started off by a heavy techno kick and gradually soothed by a swarm of strings and heavenly voices that result in an astonishingly masterful sonic chiaroscuro. ©️ Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Ambient - Released September 29, 2017 | Text Records

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A crazy tinkerer from the techno sphere, Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet pens a ninth UFO, of which he has a knack for creating. The bulimic British—who, when he doesn’t work on his own music, mixes for The XX, A$AP Rocky, Oneohtrix Point Never, Aphex Twin, Explosions In The Sky, Super Furry Animals, Radiohead, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Manic Street Preachers, Sia and even Black Sabbath—pursues here his 360° electro-new age trip armed with the Ableton Live software. His world is atmospheric at times, overtly techno at other times, sometimes even world, and, in any case, completely impossible to pin down. Four Tet being absolutely eclectic (he had penned a splendid FabricLive volume in perfect line with his kaleidoscopically personality, an intense trip in 2-step and garage land where we notably crossed paths with Dan Snaith, his friend from Caribou, but also with Burial, Crazy Bald Heads and even the master Ricardo Villalobos), his disc looks like him more than ever. It’s some great piece of art with no blinkers on, conceived with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on synths (on LA Trance) and Tom Bake at the hang (on Lush). © MD/Qobuz
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Ambient - Released August 30, 2019 | Text Records

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Since his most recent album New Energy (2017), Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) has stayed relatively busy, releasing a live album in 2018 and the two standalone singles –"Teenage Birdsong" and "Dreamer"–in 2019. His new EP Anna Painting is a return to form, mixing energetic four-on-the-floor rhythms with beautiful, sweeping ambient synths and his uniquely organic sampling style. The opening title track begins with sixteen bars of a strange, looping voice sample, which then explodes into a techno beat layered with ambient texture. "Lahaina Noon" takes cues from Aphex Twin's 1995 classic ...I Care Because You Do
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Ambient - Released February 15, 1999 | Text Records

In 1998, at barely 20 years old, Kieran Hebden was already an extremely active musician. He had just signed to Output Records, Trevor Jackson’s label, with Fridge, the post-rock trio obsessed with sampling led by himself, Adem Ilhan and Sam Jeffers. He then went solo with the release of Thirtysixtwentyfive on Output, his first “album” composed of two 18 minute tracks. An iconoclasm which allowed him to record his first “true” album one year later in February 1999 with Dialogue, this time with separate, distinctive tracks.The arrival of this record on streaming platforms twenty years later opens a door to an “adolescent Four Tet” who had not yet become an electronic music star and the most sought-after remixer in England. It’s clear that this early Four Tet was already highly influenced by hip-hop and jazz as these elements are mixed into the record for what would be the first time. The beginning of The Space of Two reminds one of the abstract hip-hop heard of Prefuse 73. The record then unfolds into a very jazzy sound and drums which urge you to dance (Misnomer and the cosmic jazz The Butterfly Effect). Calamine is certainly the track which most foreshadows Four Tet’s future, with its use of strings and a more psychedelic sound with trance-like flutes from Emma Lindley and percussion mixed into the background. This record was not far away from his masterpiece Rounds, which was released four years later in 2003. © Smaêl Bouaici/Qobuz
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Ambient - Released January 24, 2020 | Text Records

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Ambient - Released July 18, 2019 | Text Records

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Ambient - Released April 18, 2019 | Text Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released October 4, 2013 | Text Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released August 20, 2012 | Text Records

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Ambient - Released January 11, 1999 | Text Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 13, 2005 | Late Night Tales

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Ambient - Released November 28, 2019 | Text Records

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House - Released July 5, 2017 | Text Records

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House - Released January 25, 2010 | Text Records

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Ambient - Released March 4, 2020 | Text Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 23, 2005 | Domino Recording Co

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Kieran Hebden had every right to retreat from the folktronica tag stapled to his Four Tet recordings. Although he was the premier name in the sub-subgenre, and although his productions transcended even the cutest label that could be attached to them, the folktronica term was too clever by half; more importantly, no respectable artist in the indie underground can stand idly by while he's being pigeonholed. Nevertheless, the left turn Hebden has taken into jumpy Krautrock with 2005's Everything Ecstatic will make listeners yearn for the clever, nuanced productions he turned in on Pause and Rounds; fortunately, he hasn't completely forsaken his old ways. Early in the program, Hebden sounds more clearly derivative than he ever has; the spotlight track "Smile Around the Face" has one of Kanye West's chipmunk divas blandly merging into a sunny-day Avalanches production. "Sun Drums and Soil" begins with the menacing bell tones of an Autechre track and ends with the blatting horns of a free jazz workout, but the barrage of a percussion section never relents over six minutes. "Clouding," a criminally short interlude, is a turning point for Everything Ecstatic -- all of the album's best moments occur on the second half (and they are very good). "Turtle Turtle Up" and the shifting epic "Sleep, Eat Food, Have Visions" are nominally electro productions, but they're some of the oddest and most attentively produced electro tracks to ever appear on record. (On the latter, the slight influences of the Orb are assimilated into the whole, not pasted on top.) The final track, "You Were There With Me," transforms the sound of Balinese gongs into an isolated, nightmarish production with only a faint heartbeat for a rhythm track. Hopefully, using Everything Ecstatic as necessary distance, Hebden can either return to the sound of his early records or transform his new direction into styles worthy of his production talents. © John Bush /TiVo
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Electronic/Dance - Released September 13, 2005 | Late Night Tales

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Electronic/Dance - Released July 10, 2015 | Text Records