Four Tet's Eclectic and Atmospheric Selection for Late Night Tales
Four Tet, the alias of British musician Kieran Hebden, is known for his experimental and diverse electronic music that blends elements of folk, jazz, hip-hop, ambient and more. In 2004, he was invited to curate a mix for the renowned series Late Night Tales, which showcases the musical influences and tastes of various artists. The result was a stunning and surprising collection of tracks that ranged from 60s psychedelia to cosmic jazz, from skull-crushing hip-hop to tape-loop cut-ups, from folk-rock to digital jazz deconstructions.
The mix also included an exclusive cover version of Jimi Hendrix's classic \"Castles Made Of Sand\", which Hebden recorded with his friend and collaborator Steve Reid on drums. The track is a beautiful and respectful tribute to the original, with Hebden's guitar playing echoing Hendrix's style and tone, while Reid adds his own rhythmic flair and energy.
The mix was originally released on CD and digital formats, but in 2013 it was reissued on vinyl as part of the Late Night Tales remastered series. The vinyl edition came with a 30cm art print and a download code for the mix as well as unmixed track versions in both WAV and MP3 formats. The vinyl edition also corrected a mistake on the CD version, where the track \"219 Beverley\" by Manitoba (now known as Caribou) was mislabeled as \"Beverley's Reprise\".
Late Night Tales: Four Tet is a must-have for fans of Hebden's music, as well as anyone who appreciates eclectic and atmospheric music that can transport you to different times and places. It is a testament to Hebden's musical knowledge and curiosity, as well as his ability to create a cohesive and captivating mix out of seemingly disparate tracks. It is one of the most memorable and enjoyable entries in the Late Night Tales series, and a perfect soundtrack for late night listening.Hebden's breakthrough album as Four Tet was 2003's Rounds, which was released by Domino and received widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. The album showcased Hebden's skill at creating intricate and emotive soundscapes from sampled and manipulated sounds, such as children's toys, music boxes, and old records. The album also featured some of Hebden's most memorable tracks, such as the haunting \"She Moves She\" and the uplifting \"As Serious As Your Life\". Rounds was named one of the best albums of the year by several publications, including The Guardian, Pitchfork, and NME.
Following Rounds, Hebden continued to explore different musical directions and collaborate with various artists. He released a series of improvised albums with legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid, starting with 2005's The Exchange Session Vol. 1. He also worked with Burial on the 2009 single \"Moth/Wolf Cub\", which blended Burial's dark and atmospheric dubstep with Four Tet's melodic and organic sensibilities. He also produced albums for artists such as Sunburned Hand of the Man, Omar Souleyman, and Neneh Cherry.
In 2010, Hebden released his fifth studio album as Four Tet, There Is Love in You, which marked a shift towards more dance-oriented music. The album featured tracks such as \"Love Cry\" and \"Sing\", which incorporated elements of house and techno, while still retaining Hebden's signature sound. The album was another critical and commercial success for Hebden, reaching number 35 on the UK Albums Chart and number 8 on the US Dance/Electronic Albums Chart. aa16f39245