It’s strange to think of Four Tet as one of today’s most important creators of dance music. Even when taking into consideration his impeccably
crafted and loving tribute to London’s Plastic People club, 2010’s There Is Love in You, as well as his collaborations with fellow heavyweights Burial and Thom Yorke, the artist born Kieran Hebden has always been a masterful musician and producer whose style of electronic music has often sounded more like it was inspired by the dancefloor than actually meant for it. Although it wasn’t clear at the time, things began to change with the release of Four Tet’s Fabriclive mix in 2011, which featured a percussion-heavy exclusive called “Locked.” Proving not to be an anomaly in his repertoire, Hebden soon started dropping solo 12″s via his Text label, all of them boasting similarly beat-centric tunes. As months passed and the releases piled up, each one bolstered the notion that something big was around the corner for Four Tet, some kind of sea change in his work. Now, we have the eight-track Pink LP, the culmination of Hebden’s recent run of club-appropriate singles and easily one of the best albums to be heard this year.
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