Oct 24, 2010

Sundaze 1004

Hello, a bit later as usual and on top of the delays at todays safetycar F1 race and amidst of lots of rain here and there, todays Sundaze gets on its way. Well meanwhile webber's crashed out and Vettel whilst leading all the race saw his car blow up 10 rounds before the finish, Alonso's Ferrari did finish and he's leading now..hmm couldn't have happened to a nicer guy...not.
Today there's a prolific nineties youngster in the spotlight, one that carved out a little private space in the music scene having developped the label folktronic, though thats always a bit of media boxing in. Kieran Ebden has more tricks up his sleeve and besides being a prolific remixer he doesnt shy away from getting in with Jazz bo's .

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Or so i thought, but almost miraculously the next day a complaint against this post was made at Google, this means that he or one of his parasites visited me on the day i posted, presumebly to get some of what i dish out here.. it couldnt have been a search hit as theres many hits at google and mine just entered the ranking..the other more likely explanation is a frustrated spammer because ive been actively blocking those off late. but as there's no reasoning with google im forced to take the downloadlinks down..feel free to comment

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For a guy in his mid-20s, London's Kieran Hebden has made quite the name for himself in such a short period of time. His post-rock project Fridge has released four albums and numerous EPs and singles since 1997, and many more records have been put out under his solo project called Four Tet. Kieran attended Elliott School in Putney,where he formed the band Fridge with classmates Adem Ilhan and Sam Jeffers. The band signed a recording contract when Hebden was 15, and released their first album in March 1997. It Didn't take him long to decide to go solo aswell, he began releasing material as Four Tet in 1998 with the 36 minute, 25 second single Thirtysixtwentyfive on Trevor Jackson's Output Recordings label. Later that year, he released a second single, the jazz-influenced "Misnomer". 1999's Dialogue, again on Output, was Four Tet's first full-length album release and fused hip hop drum lines with dissonant jazz samples. This was followed by the double A-side single "Glasshead"/"Calamine", which was to be Four Tet's last release on Output.

In late 1999, Warp Records released Warp 10 + 3: Remixes, a tenth-anniversary compilation of remixes of Warp tracks; Hebden contributed a remix of the opening track of Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II. This relatively high-profile exposure attracted new interest in Four Tet from fans of electronica and intelligent dance . In 2001, Four Tet's second album Pause was released on Domino Records and found Hebden using more folk and electronic samples, which was quickly dubbed "folktronica" by the media and press in an attempt to establish the style. Rounds was released in May 2003. It was an ambitious album incorporating diverse samples such as a mandolin and a rubber duck on the closing track "Slow Jam". Three singles were released from the album: An accompanying DVD featured all of Four Tet's videos to date. In addition, the closing track "Slow Jam" was featured in a U.S. Nike commercial in 2001.

At the beginning of 2003, Four Tet opened for Radiohead on their European tour. A live album named Live in Copenhagen 30th March 2004 was released in April 2004 as a limited edition, available exclusively from the Domino Records website. In March and April 2005, Four Tet performed two shows of improvisational music, in collaboration with jazz drummer Steve Reid, in Paris and London. He also appears on Steve Reid Ensemble 2005 album Spirit Walk. This collaboration was extended into a series of international tours, and the release of two albums, The Exchange Session Vol. 1 and The Exchange Session Vol. 2 over the course of 2005 and 2006. His fourth studio album Everything Ecstatic was released on Domino May 2005 6 months later November 2005, Domino released a DVD version of Everything Ecstatic featuring video clips for each track of the album plus a CD with new material, titled Everything Ecstatic Part 2, which was later made available as an individual EP to show some respect to the fans initial buyers like me.

Hebden has also remixed, under the Four Tet name, tracks by a wide range of artists including Tegan And Sara, Madvillain, Andrew Bird, Bloc Party, Super Furry Animals, Beth Orton, Badly Drawn Boy, CYNE, The Notwist, Boom Bip, Battles, Kings of Convenience, Lars Horntveth, Bonobo, Rothko, Thom Yorke and Radiohead. On 25 September 2006, Domino Records released Remixes, a two-disc compilation of Four Tet remixes. April 2008 a mini album/ EP, Ringer, was released on 21 April 2008, later that year Hebden collaborated with composer David Arnold to write "Crawl, End Crawl", the song used for the end credits of the film Quantum of Solace.

In 2009, Hebden worked on a secret collaboration with Burial. The two track 12" was released with a plain black cover with no liner notes or details contained on the vinyl, other than the artists' names and the track titles: "Moth" and "Wolf Cub". The fifth full-length Four Tet album entitled There Is Love in You was released on 25 January 2010 the album was preceded by a limited edition release of the 12" single "Love Cry".

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On the new album, Hebden shifts the focus from hip-hop beats, jazz influences, and far-reaching sonic adventurousness, to a more spare, focused sound, one that's cozier, while still breaking new ground
Freely moving in and out of cycles, Rounds funnels every element through the drum, which always remains at the forefront of the mix. Hebden dabbles in and draws upon to flesh out the beat. Though hardly obvious the first time through, there's the supple, propulsive fun of funk, as well as the pastoral placidity of folk, both moving over the cut-up rhythms like cumulous clouds, allowing hot light through at some junctures, but cooling things out with a darker umbrage in others. 'The centerpiece on Rounds is the nine and a half minute "Unspoken", Hebden's own little epic, a scintillating pastiche of folk, jazz, and more of those loping beats. The rhythms are steady and unwavering, as a lone piano plays the same chords over and over, with myriad tinkles, hums, and psychedelic backwards tracks popping in. The profound thing about Rounds comes from that fact it’s so self-assured. While in some hands this could easily translate into arrogance, in Kieran Hebden’s case it manifests itself as a cool confidence in the face of delicate proceedings.

Four Tet - Rounds (03  291mb)

01 - Hands (5:41)
02 - She moves she (4;41)
03 - First Thing (1;13)
04 - My Angel Rocks Back and Forth (5;07)
05 - Spirit Fingers (3;22)
06 - Unspoken (9;31)
07 - Chia (0;32)
08 - As Serious As Your Life (4;48)
09 - And They All Look Broken Hearted (5;09)
10 - Slow Jam (5;18)

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At four songs, Ringer is economical, but the diversity within its half-hour run time makes it surprisingly robust as well. Ringer is about concealment and revelation, and it gains a great deal of tension in its quick juxtapositions of the two.

There is something tantalizing about these four tracks, which, at times, seems to verge on the lascivious. The title track thrums for ten hotwired minutes,as it unfolds with inexorable logic.It exemplifies the idiosyncrasies that make Hebden so intriguing. It begins with the sound of an intergalactic cicada and quickly is overtaken by a whitewash of bright synths and arpeggiating 80’s baritone. Besides being the second track, “Ribbons” is entirely aquatic—metaphorically of course. It builds with more choric gases trapped near the ocean floor, rising until they break the surface, and eventually moves to undulating chords.

That Hebden has been spinning more techno and trance while gigging the London club scene explains some of the minimalist sounds, but wistful unwonted melodies and enthralling beats are resounding and dominate the album. His jazz residency has fine-tuned his ear for the subtle yet beautifully complex mannerisms, melodies, and polyrhythms that flourish on Ringer, which, more than anything, helps us pick Hebden’s thoughts for clues on his next development.

Four Tet - Ringer (08  181mb)

01 Ringer (9;59)
02 Ribbons (5;21)
03 Swimmer (8;43)
04 Wing Body Wing (7;25)

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Four Tet - Rounds

Four Tet - Ringer


Lavra said...

Super blog you have.
Can you kindly repost the Four Tet albums in FLAC format.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

A reup of Four Tet would be highly appreciated. Thanks a lot!