It is only a radio rip, but what an excellent piece this is from two of our fair country’s best upcoming producers. The Young Turks labelmates come through with a laidback instrumental that has all the hallmarks of their best work, yet manages to sound like nothing either has produced individually.
It’s quite brilliant what a few easygoing synths and a quickfire percussion can do. The layers intertwine wonderfully throughout, and between an electro-styled synth, a drifty, airy vocal sample, assorted blips and short melodies, there’s something surprisingly cohesive and deliciously bright throughout. It’ll certainly evoke a summer feeling for many, and credit goes to the duo for incorporating both the eclectic style of Four Tet’s work with the laidback effortlessness often associated with Jamie XX.
No word on an official release (or none that I’ve seen), but fingers crossed this will emerge in full, high-quality glory soon. Or at least in time for the week of summer that we’ll get.
As far as I’m aware, this is the first remix from a major artist of JT’s comeback single, and for many will be rather more listenable. Truthfully, this is about as mixed as the original for me, but nonetheless it’s nice to have a refresh of the rather tiresome track.
Four Tet’s a great producer, and I’ve championed his work on here several times, but this production feels like one long intro. Whilst that’s just about acceptable for the first minute or so, before the brief lull, the sole introduction of a metronome-esque sound after that pause seems a little light on the ground and doesn’t really offer the pay off or depth you’d expect, both from Four Tet and the natural flow of the track. The track mostly continues in this fashion sadly, throwing in a few samples and percussion layers intermittently and in fairness, at around 3.20 things come to life much more. Whilst it still feels too thin on the ground to really close the track out, at least there’s some sense of progression. Not for me, but I’m sure many will enjoy it.
That title is pretty much a review/description in itself. He’s releasing this as a vinyl single tomorrow (under the name KH, assumedly a reference to his actual name), and lets loose a free download beforehand for those not looking to grab that 12″.
It’s certainly an eclectic mix of sounds, opening rather cautiously with repetitive, wafer-thin percussion and not a great deal else, before throwing in some distorted tribal call and response vocals, and finally a more solid drum line that pads things out nicely. As the vocals become rather disorienting and increasingly freeform, they’re stripped away and all that’s left is the percussion layer, before those chants make their way back to pretty much close the track out. Honestly, I’m not as keen on this as I have been many of his previous works, but those who like something between minimal and experimental will definitely enjoy it.
I’ve got mixed emotions about this, but not for musical reasons. It’s a collection of unreleased material from the gifted producer, recorded between 1997 and 2001, and compiled lovingly for his fans to enjoy. However, it’s bundled together into one big megamix, meaning we don’t get to properly appreciate each individual piece, and rather have to listen to the entire 38 minute experience. Now, I appreciate many do enjoy doing that, and it definitely gives the project a ‘top-to-bottom album’ feel, but there’s no doubt his massive fanbase would have also preferred to own the seperate pieces.
Enough complaining though, as I’m far from ungrateful for this (honestly)-nearly 40 minutes of production from Four Tet for free is never a bad thing, regardless of format. Check the collection out below.
Only a radio rip for now, but the sheer promise of having The xx and Four Tet together makes it worth bearing with the imperfect quality.
Unlike several other remixes, Four Tet opts to retain the gentleness of the original track but without actually using much of the original production. He’s instead thrown together a sleepy, dreamscape-style production with soft electronic melodies and pillowy bass, before heading to a distorted and unusual production in the middle section, and finally closing off with the two beat styles blended together. Atmosphere and aura ooze out of this one, and look out for a release on vinyl in the coming weeks.
Four Tet is one of those guys that just keeps unintentionally slipping off my radar, despite the fact I generally enjoy his material. Hence, stumbling on this was a welcome find, not least because it’s a nice little slice of chillout electronic music.
The instrumentation’s got a lot of diversity, opening with a bassy, minimal style before throwing in the harps to really brighten the soundscape considerably, before switching back once more. A clever addition is the removal of ‘transitions’ for the first half of the track, and instead of a smooth switch into another segment, he brings the track to a complete stop. The little things make all the difference, and this is a memorable effort that’s worth a few listens.