Like a one-man Coldcut, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) changes styles like other people change their clothes. He seems to have a restless urge to switch genres from post-rock to ambient, to electronic to jazz.


Spawned from the urge to do something apart from his post-rock band Fridge, Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet project balances organic and programmed sounds. Hebden formed Fridge with Sam Jeffers and Adam Ilhan while still in high school. When Fridge went on temporary hiatus for Jeffers and Ilhan to attend college, Hebden spent time playing with ideas gained from hip-hop and electronica.


Eager to experiment, Hebden bought a computer and began collecting drum and sound samples. His first full-length was 1999’s Dialogue, which was noticed by experimental dub pioneer Pole (Stefan Betke). The two eventually collaborated for a 12″, Four Tet vs. Pole, which included an original song by each and a remix of the track done by the other artist. Around the same time, Fridge was signed to the label Go! Beat. Hebden retained Four Tet as a side project, however, and released subsequent more pastoral records Pause (2001) and Rounds (2003) through Domino. These are quite beautiful pieces of work. The No More Mosquitoes EP and the “My Angel Rocks Back and Forth” single preceded the 2005 release of Everything Ecstatic. In 2006, Hebden put together two compilations of some of his favorite tracks, LateNightTales and DJ-Kicks, as well as Everything Ecstatic Films & Part 2. The two-disc Remixes was also compiled and released that year as were two volumes of his Exchange Session project with jazz drummer Steve Reid. These two volumes found Hebden working under his proper name for a change. This trend continued when their third collaboration, Tongues, arrived in 2007.


Fascinating fact: his site says “I’ve done a track for the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, that is played over the end credits. It’s a kind of remix of stuff from the score of the film. So if you go and see the film stay for the credits to check out the music.”


Four Tet – No More Mosquitoes (Boom Bip Remix)


Four Tet – Hilarious Movie Of The 90’s (Manitoba Remix)


Kings of Convenience – Weight Of My Words (Four Tet Mix)


Four Tet website


~ by acidted on June 3, 2009.

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