Four Tet – On Record and In Concert

Four Tet - There Is Love In You Four Tet
There Is Love In You
(Domino) 2010

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By the time the hypnotic female vocal sample crept into the mix about 30 seconds into “Angel Echoes,” the appropriately titled opening track of There Is Love In You, I was totally sold on Four Tet.  Despite releasing four albums and several EPs under the Four Tet name since 1999, one of which even made Pitchfork‘s Top 200 albums of the decade (2003’s Rounds), I was not familiar with Kieran Hebdan and his unique brand of electronic music.  Some have called it “folktronica,” and it’s that label that initially piqued my curiosity.

You can hear the “folk” part distinctly in some of the tracks, notably the first half of the sublime “This Unfolds,” and throughout the closer “She Just Likes To Fight.”  But trip-hop and “terminally chill,” to borrow from Neon Indian, are also pretty accurate descriptions.  With driving bass lines you can dance to, and vocal and percussion samples that bring a relaxing vibe, There Is Love In You is an album that, somewhat paradoxically, you could put on at bedtime or listen to while you work out at the gym.  In other words, it’s perfect for the after party.

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