Is FOUR TET just a buncha noise?

photo by: sean bryen

Music writers and a legion of bloggers just love Four Tet. A.K.A. United Kingdom native Kieran Hebden. Honestly, electronic artists (i.e. DJ SHADOW, CARIBOU, MANITOBA, etc) kind of all sound the same to me. Can you really tell the difference between a STEVEN ROACH album and from a AMON TOBIN album? Feel free to answer me if you like. I enjoy the genre, but typically I can just shuffle thru their albums in my vintage 2007 iPod and not make out which Artist’s song is playing without taking a look.

That said, I am trying to figure out what makes Four Tet so special besides his long list of musical collaborators on his resume (see one track below). So I gave his latest album, There Is Love In You a proper listen. The samples seem pretty typical but are hyprnotic and warm throughout the album with dance floor beats and bass drum jazzy elements evenly spread out. I think Hebden’s been on a APHEX TWIN bender. What stands out is his ability to blend subtle electronic beats with basic pop melody structure.  I think the best examples can be head thru the choice picks below.

Artist // Four Tet
Album // There is Love in You (2010)
Sounds Like // Boards of Canada, Prefuse 73
Site //
Purrchase // iTunes // Domino

Song // This Unfolds

Song //  Circling

Song // Atoms for Peace (Thom York Cover) from the Atoms for Peace / Black Swan Remix EP

Video // Live KEXP Set

Tour //
May 30 2010 – Village Underground – London, GB
Jun 11 2010 – Village Underground – London, UK
Jun 12 2010 – Parklife Festival – Manchester, UK
Jun 19 2010 – Body & Soul Summer Solstice Gathering – Meath, IE
Jul 10 2010 – T In The Park – Balado, Scotland, UK
Jul 15 2010 – Arvika Festival – Arvika, SE
Jul 16 2010 – Melt Festiva – Ferropolis, DE
Jul 17 2010 – Benicassim Festiva – Benicassim, ES
Aug 1 2010 – Space – Ibiza, es, SPAIN
Aug 8 2010 – Audioriver Festival – Plock, POLAND
Aug 13 2010 – Flow Festival – Helsinki, FINLAND
Aug 20 2010 – Pukkelpop Festival – Hasselt, es, BELGIUM
Sep 10 2010 – Bestival – Isle Of Wight, UK
Nov 19 2010 – Coronet – London, UK

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