Pink was first issued a few years ago as a digital-only compilation of vinyl-only 12” tracks that Four Tet had slipped out under the radar. Now they are back on vinyl again, but this time as a single, coherent collection. It’s all about the high quality shuffle here, Kieran working his magic over the course of 8 club-length tracks. 2LP on Text.
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Wait, we’ve seen this before haven’t we? Yep, this is that Four Tet LP that was previously 8 exceedingly rare Text vinyls, earning it the branding of a compilation by fans of the ‘Tet. Selected Shuffly Beats ‘11-’13. It is also the album that consolidated the divide between the older, more eclectic FT sound and the newer one that focuses that eclecticism toward thicker clubbier beats. We got a little hint of this 4 to the floor action on There Is Love In You, then along came a spider, this record, that combined all sorts of technoish, houseish and jazzish materials with his crispy, positive vibe to form an amazing LP.
The tracks were all made in fairly quick succession around the period above, and all the beats have a very clicky, grainy feel, with rough old shakers doing backflips over the clunking of an old printer. There’s still a load of melody to hold on to - see that bright cosmic synth loop that becomes the theme for ‘Jupiters’ to underpin that ridiculous polyrhythm. My dream of hearing this in a club is still unfulfilled. These melodic bits are used more sparingly than the enveloping layers on There Is Love…, or as a thin fragile line for the rhythms to embellish as in ‘128 Harps’. You totally nicked that from John Cage though, didn’t you Mr Tet. The howl of the ‘Lion’ is all too familiar to those who have heard it. That synth will yawn into your mind’s ear for days afterwards. ‘Pinnacles’ is what it would sound like if Kieran Hebden opened a jazz bar and has probably made the most people dance out of all the ones on here.
Maybe I’m biased toward the beats, but this is brilliant stuff, true rhythmic complexity and carefully placed and introduced melodic hooks that show Hebden’s skill at condensing a certain feeling into just an hour of your time. This time it just happens to be a muddy tent, Bestival, 2am.
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