Ten years since the original release, Domino reissue Four Tet's Rounds on CD and vinyl. This masterwork of leftfield beats, sampling and melodic sound construction came at a pivotal point in Four Tet's journey to fame. On the reissue the album comes with a bonus live recording of a performance in Copenhagen.
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‘Rounds’ has always been a great album since its first release back in 2003, back then I was just a lowly comic book shop guy and we played this album to death in the shop. Now getting a reissue as a two disc set it still sounds as fresh as a daisy. Former Fridge fellow Kieran Hebden was really cooking with gas at this point in his career, riding on the coattails of the whole ‘90s trip-hop thing. Hebden took the genre to the next level adding a much needed experimental aspect, glitchy electronics combine with soulful grooves on ‘She Moves She’ and the jittery staccato on ‘Spirit Fingers’ adds a little bit of energy to an otherwise pretty laid back album.
There is still the classic trip-hop sound of the day like on ‘Unspoken’ which could pass as anything from the early Mo Wax roster like DJ Shadow or DJ Krush, there’s also an element of pop in here too like the danceable ‘As Serious As Your Life’ like a vocal-less Morcheeba but good. Ten years on and ‘Rounds’ could still turn heads even by today’s standards and coupled with a second disc ‘Live In Copenhagen’ this is perfect for die hard fans and newbies alike!
9/10 Mex Mexico Customer review, 31st August 2016
As I have been made to review the records separately (uh? -ed) I have scored this one 9 out of 10. The median is therefore 8.5. Reasons below.
'I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Whoever is happy will make others happy too.'
Anyhow here we go... Record 2...
Unspoken – Flawless. Not the dance troupe. Just the concept. Perfect in every way. I am sure this has vocals but I can never hear them. The equivalent of going to the shops and realizing you can afford Kettle Chips instead of Space Raiders. I know some people will love Space Raiders and that’s fine. They can fuck off to see Eminem. Has a bit in the middle where it sounds like he is strangling birds and even that works. And by birds I mean things that fly. Not women. That would be bad. I am sure if he had done that he would be in prison. Or in Lost Prophets.
Chia – Give that sampler back now Mick from Stump.
As serious as your life - Obviously he was writing a theme for a HBO crime show that got cancelled and then got a bit annoyed with it and started writing one for Showtime horror one that also got cancelled. Then he turns the switches on and off in a nuclear power station until the song finishes. Makes me want to slide over the bonnet of a Ford Cortina into the waiting arms of a masked killer.
And they all look broken hearted – There is a woman that walks past my house and goes to the shops on her own. She sometimes shouts at people and has a face like a wasp chewing a bulldog. I imagine her life sounds a lot like this; if she lived in an echo chamber in Peking rather than a grim Derbyshire estate where all hope has gone into the barely functioning sewer system that the council really need to look at but don’t have the budget for.
Slow Jam – How can jam be slow? Is it in the same way Gin can be? This reminds me of being on a swing in a child’s playground and being asked to leave (again).
Dreams of recapturing my youth slowly fading as the sound of police sirens drown them out. I can imagine Julia Roberts suddenly realizing she should be with Craig David rather than Chris Carter (out of Throbbing Gristle not the man who invented the X-Files or the guy I work with who is much cooler than I will ever be but still buys CD’s because records are too expensive and also listens to Spotify despite it destroying all that is good about music) to this. Has a toy frog squeaking in pain on it .
8/10 Mex Mexico Customer review, 30th August 2016
I AM ONLY ABLE TO REVIEW THE FIRST HALF OF THIS RECORD DUE TO BREXIT AND WORD FASCISTS. I WILL REVIEW THE SECOND HALF TOMORROW.
YOU GET A FREE LIVE CD WITH IT. THAT’S NEVER MENTIONED. OH AND A CD SIZE BOOKLET WITH PICTURES IN IT WHICH IS A WASTE OF PAPER. THIS RECORD IS GOOD. THIS IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE THERE ARE WORDS BELOW FOR YOU TO READ, GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT AND SPELLCHECKED.
Hands – If you gave Stump a sampler and asked them to sort themselves out it would sound like this. Takes them about a minute to get the hang of it but then it swings along nicely like a gorilla that’s a bit pleased with himself. And then they press the wrong button again. Silly Stump.
She moves she – Straight Outta Compton, crazy motherfu…..no wait a minute they changed their mind and decided to go back in and watch Pointless for a bit. Oh and put some Sergio Leone soundtracks on in the background to like chill out to and stuff. Y’know while they probably smoked weed or something. This song therefore has definitely saved a black man’s life at some point. Oh and there is some mentalist pissing about in the background with the sampler. More than likely MC Ren. Sounds like something he would do.
First thing – Sounds like Miles Davis having a really nice shit. While reading a magazine. Token ‘short one at the end of the side’.
My angel rocks back and forth – I always wanted a girlfriend who played a harp. Like Joanna Newsome or another one. There aren’t many girls who play harps. I go on Grinder a lot looking for them and one never find one. This song sounds like Anne Hathaway (the actress not the beheaded Queen) playing the harp just for me as she is chased down a mountain by an avalanche and not being bothered. Graceful. It also sounds like a ringtone.
Spirit fingers – This is the one that sounds like someone has taken speed in a Spanish Tapas bar. It also sounds like a doorbell that’s broken or Napalm Death playing ukuleles. Not as good as the song above.
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