There Is Love in You
RIYL = Burial, Pole, Pantha du Prince
It doesn’t take long when listening to There Is Love in You, Kieren Hebden’s fifth Four Tet album and first in half a decade, to recognize that things have changed. Of course, how couldn’t things have changed? The past five years have seen his Four Tet moniker remixing everyone from Radiohead to Bloc Party to Madvillain, Hebden performing live and recording with legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid, and the completion of a stint as resident DJ for London club Plastic People. And that’s the short list. Still, after only two tracks and fifteen minutes have passed on his latest LP, the changes seem almost shocking in their distance from the Four Tet of old. Gone are the ‘organic’ sounds of the past, the folktronica (which, admittedly, have been on their way out for some time), gone are the hip-hop informed break beats, and what we have left is a classic minimalist house/techno rhythm with splices of female vocals whose quality and timbre feel as though they’ve been jacked from an electronic album released in the early to mid nineties. An evolution has been had. But, again, this is only the first two tracks, the first fifteen minutes. As the changes start to settle, Hebden proceeds to exhibit a world of influences he has consumed and regurgitated in purely Four Tet fashion. The depth and variety of sounds and moods that Hebden achieves on the album is nothing short of astounding, and his consistency in terms of quality is the evidence of a master at work. Hebden’s latest Four Tet album is also his best, and is easily one of this writer’s favourite pure electronic albums, period. Listening to this album, it is much easier to understand of the influence and contributions of Hebden in his collaboration with Burial from last years 12”. And, for those who were as keen on that majestic slab of wax as I was, There Is Love in You will not disappoint. With the new Pantha du Prince just around the corner, minimalist electronic music is driving an early trend setting stake in the music world for 2010.