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Four Tet, Pink
Text Records, Aug. 20

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



In what’s-old-is-new news, we look at 30-year-old London low-key-IDM-techno dude Kieran Hebden, whose reputation would seem to have come from sound-length rather than content. One excuse could be that he’s too busy remixing other people (Radiohead, Battles, Beth Orton, etc.) to familiarize himself with scales, but don’t you think the endless marathon of blind Warp Records-worshipping amateurism is going to get old someday?  Whatever – it’s key to this discussion to note that he’s also remixed Aphex Twin, a guy who’s musically similar and totally out of his weight class, but OK, given that, I have to confirm that the base grooves are absolutely… you know, nice: downtempo half-there chill that some people are calling post-dubstep, a label I can’t get behind because (A) the literary device “post-_____” is a lazy way for a critic to say “I don’t know, something like _______,” and (B) this album doesn’t have all that much glitch. And blah blah blah, which comes down to yes, there’s a bullet version to all this: Daedelus kicked this album’s ass years ago, if not by knockout. C+
— Eric W. Saeger






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