In a typically generous move Four Tet has released a stash of previously unheard tracks via twitter in celebration of reaching 100000 followers.
The inimitable producer has again proven himself to be one of the most prolific musicians around, dropping 13 cuts made between 1999 and 2012.
Highlight ‘I’m On Fire’ is built on a skittering garage break that evanesces leaving behind a lush dreamscape that belongs with the loved up gems on Pause and Rounds. If an artist can make music of this calibre and not release it I believe they have every right to claim to be combusting.
PD124 similarly builds from rumbles and thuds to a whirling harmony replete with all the Four Tet trimmings of wind chimes, jungle sounds, ambiguous animals and reversed samples.
Celeste Stretch sounds like it could be the sister to one of the epic endurance tests on Shaking the Habitual. Listening to it on repeat may cause hallucinations and/or alien abductions.
If you were in any doubt of Four Tet’s eclecticism his collaboration with off-the-wall genius David Wrench, whose Wikipedia page hails him as the man responsible for the first Welsh Language acid house record, should put you right. This sixteen minute odyssey may be worth completing. Sadly, the Charybdis swallowed me after four minutes.
Gravediggaz SID rmx 2000 is the most remarkable of the lot; a bizarre chiptune remix of Gravediggaz’s Nowhere to Run to, Nowhere to Hide. It’s not exactly a game-changing masterpiece but the fact of its existence makes you wonder what other fantastic curios are fizzing away in the deepest recesses of Four Tet’s harddrive.
Also released were The Atoms For Peace remix of Pyramid that has been
knocking around since May and the gorgeous Grimes remix he posted on Twitter at the other end of this year (and then told everyone not to call a remix).
All of this surprise goodness reinforces my belief that Four Tet is the nicest musician in town and that this social media thing really might be the future.