Four Tet, version 2.0
Four Tet - Fabriclive 59

Before you ask “Kieran Hebden doing Fabric...really?”, realise that this is Four Tet, version 2.0. He drops 2-step old and new, proper London garage (KMA’s immaculate all-timer ‘Cape Fear’) dubstepped retaliations (Burial’s livid ‘Street Halo’) and super-low 4x4s. He has fateful serenity tangling with rudebwoy pluck through crackly pirate radio reception, smuggling in head-scratching interludes - field recordings seemingly from the club’s toilets/smoking section - and one ’70s synthesizer pitstop. And he leaves as bass music’s foremost genealogist, arranging ripped vinyl with a rarity value of hen’s teeth, leading all avant-garde roads back to pre-Millennium bass watersheds and finding everybody has at least one speaker-related grudge inside them.


Words by Matt Oliver

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