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

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 13, 2013 | Domino Recording Co

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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 April 18, 2019 | Text Records

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

Kieran Hebden's first proper Four Tet album since 2010's There Is Love in You, Beautiful Rewind follows a string of short-form releases that included collaborations with Burial, Thom Yorke, and Rocketnumbernine, in addition to singles issued on the producer's Text label. It consists of concise, stylistically scattered tracks that are alternately pretty and scuffed up, with the latter quality notably inspired by garage, grime, and funk aired on U.K. pirate radio stations. Rough breakbeats, jacking thumps, and MC and vocalist samples are laced throughout certain tracks, ranging from the jumbled opener "Gong" to the hypnotic closer "Your Body Feels," where a snippet from 112's Slim and ominous keyboard melodies and textures are eventually joined by stark bass-drum hits and claps. Those who go to Hebden for home-listening ambient material get it through the swirling "Ba Teaches Yoga," the fluttering "Crush," and the pattering sprites streaked across "Unicorn." One highlight, "Aerial," rugged/frantic and spangly/serene, fuses both approaches with astounding finesse. On "Buchla," the sampled MC probably isn't shouting out the synthesizer pioneer checked in the title, but he sounds close enough ("burgler?"), and the track is among Hebden's rawest, most physical work. While the album does seem rather patched together with a lack of focus -- it plays out like a pair of distinct EPs and a couple transitional orphans on shuffle -- there's an irrefutable charm to the restlessness. ~ Andy Kellman
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Electronic/Dance - Released August 20, 2012 | 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
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House - Released July 5, 2017 | Text Records

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

House - Released January 25, 2010 | Text Records

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Ambient - Released September 13, 2017 | Text Records

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Techno - Released October 28, 2016 | Text Records

Kieran Hebden's first proper Four Tet album since 2010's There Is Love in You, Beautiful Rewind follows a string of short-form releases that included collaborations with Burial, Thom Yorke, and Rocketnumbernine, in addition to singles issued on the producer's Text label. It consists of concise, stylistically scattered tracks that are alternately pretty and scuffed up, with the latter quality notably inspired by garage, grime, and funk aired on U.K. pirate radio stations. Rough breakbeats, jacking thumps, and MC and vocalist samples are laced throughout certain tracks, ranging from the jumbled opener "Gong" to the hypnotic closer "Your Body Feels," where a snippet from 112's Slim and ominous keyboard melodies and textures are eventually joined by stark bass-drum hits and claps. Those who go to Hebden for home-listening ambient material get it through the swirling "Ba Teaches Yoga," the fluttering "Crush," and the pattering sprites streaked across "Unicorn." One highlight, "Aerial," rugged/frantic and spangly/serene, fuses both approaches with astounding finesse. On "Buchla," the sampled MC probably isn't shouting out the synthesizer pioneer checked in the title, but he sounds close enough ("burgler?"), and the track is among Hebden's rawest, most physical work. While the album does seem rather patched together with a lack of focus -- it plays out like a pair of distinct EPs and a couple transitional orphans on shuffle -- there's an irrefutable charm to the restlessness. ~ Andy Kellman
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Electronic/Dance - Released June 12, 2006 | !K7 Records

In the same vein perhaps as LateNight Tales, which came out earlier the same year, DJ-Kicks finds Kieran Hebden choosing some of his favorite songs from both past and present to share with his audience. But while LateNight Tales was just a cut-and-dried collection, DJ-Kicks has Hebden mixing the tracks together into something that resembles a possible club set. Though the music of Four Tet is firmly placed within the IDM/indie electronica context, not only has Hebden worked with artists from a variety of genres (Beth Orton, Kings of Convenience, Koushik, Bloc Party, to name a few), but his actual influences are also just as far reaching, if not more so. The album moves from soul (Curtis Mayfield's "If I Were Only a Child Again") to indie pop (Stereolab's "Les Yper-Sound") to pure electronica (Akufen's "Pyschometry") to hip-hop (Group Home's [RoviLink="MC"]"Up Against the Wall [Getaway Car Remix]"[/RoviLink]) effortlessly, not just because of the actual production, but because of Hebden himself. There's clearly something inside him that connects each of these pieces to him, and he's able to use it to create a real sense of continuity, even if the tracks themselves can be a little disparate. Perhaps this is reflected best in "Pockets," the Four Tet song that comes on a little more than halfway through the album. It isn't quite like anything else on DJ-Kicks, but still it encompasses everything that has come before it and everything that will come after. Using synthesizers in house-like beats, various organic and inorganic forms of percussion, layers of sounds and effects that work their way in and out of the piece, and a good sense of melody, "Pockets" represents not just Four Tet's work but also Kieran Hebden's musical interests as well as the album itself does. And for fans of Four Tet, that's reason enough to make DJ-Kicks interesting. ~ Marisa Brown
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House - Released March 31, 2008 | Text Records

Trying to predict a future direction for Four Tet after Kieran Hebden's time recording with everyone from Steve Reid to his old trio Fridge shouldn't even have been attempted, but the Ringer EP is still a big surprise. Sounding like it was recorded ten or sometimes 20 years earlier than it actually was, the four-tracker reconciles Hebden's mesmerizing early Four Tet material with the sound of IDM circa the early '90s and, also, the movie soundtrack style of the '80s popularized by Tangerine Dream for Risky Business and John Carpenter for Halloween and Escape from New York. The title track is the best, where Hebden spends ten minutes interweaving a dizzying array of changing parts over a plodding four-four beat. ~ John Bush
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Dance - Released February 4, 2016 | Text Records

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House - Released January 23, 2017 | Text Records

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House - Released August 25, 2017 | Text Records

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House - Released August 2, 2017 | Text Records

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Dance - Released March 4, 2016 | Text Records

Electronic/Dance - Released March 11, 2007 | Domino Recording Co

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