What does it sound like?:
I prefer my electronica to have the imprint of a human hand somewhere within it. Four Tet’s music is so human, he makes the machines sound organic. I hear him as being the other side of the same coin as Burial. The pair attended the same school and have collaborated with each other. Whereas Burial’s music is dense, dark and dystopian, Four Tet’s is bright, open and polished. He uses similar sounds and textures to instil a feeling of hope rather than dread. He is heads to Burial’s tails, The Beatles to The Rolling Stones.
Randoms isn’t actually a new album. It’s a collection of tracks released over the years for different projects, including charity albums and other compilations. The oldest dates back to 1996 and the most recent came out in 2013. The nine pieces are not presented in chronological order but, instead, are sequenced to give the feel of the ebb and flow of an album. It neatly captures his variety of musical languages over his career.
Mama is a gentle, contemplative start. We are introduced to Four Tet’s characteristic percussion lines, which are simultaneously complex and uncluttered. For These Times » Continue Reading.