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i think it's in the shops tomorrow, so i will pick it up then. anyone heard anything from this? will it be money well spent? As good as manitoba? opinions, please.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 1 May 2003 07:45 (sixteen years ago) link

omg WHAT? an album? more info now please!

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Thursday, 1 May 2003 07:47 (sixteen years ago) link

it's called "rounds". i haven't heard any of it, so i can't go into much detail! NME and Uncut review it today if you want to read up on it.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 1 May 2003 07:52 (sixteen years ago) link

I've only heard the single 'Rounds' which is pleasant enuff. I read an interview with him where he said that this was his first stab at creating completely stand-alone underivative music, so who knows what it'll sound like. he also said that during recording it he'd been listening mostly to early '90s hip hop - Pete Rock, Diamond D, Extra P etceterah.

i'm intrigued.

nebbesh (nebbesh), Thursday, 1 May 2003 07:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Tomorrow in Ireland, Monday over here. Called Rounds. Meant to be better than Pause. Which is going to be hard!

Expect it to be very good indeed; Pause is a fantastic album. He's more organic/acoustic than Manitoba, less frenetic than UIF and less jazz than Start Breaking My Heart, with more emphasis on melody and. The penultimate track on UIF is very Four Tet.

I have no doubt that this will a terrific album and I can't wait.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Thursday, 1 May 2003 07:55 (sixteen years ago) link


Although I fear I'll have to wait til I get back to the UK, since Sydney record shops have become notorious round our house for their "Goldfrapp who?"-style knowledge.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Thursday, 1 May 2003 08:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm quite excited about it, too.

Insight, moi?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Thursday, 1 May 2003 09:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I have it, it's aces. But don't ask me to describe it in any detail because I am rub at writing about music

j0e (j0e), Thursday, 1 May 2003 09:45 (sixteen years ago) link

apparently he's producing the next beth orton album, which is quite exciting

j0e (j0e), Thursday, 1 May 2003 09:45 (sixteen years ago) link

No it isn't! :P

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Thursday, 1 May 2003 09:46 (sixteen years ago) link

no IT IS

j0e (j0e), Thursday, 1 May 2003 09:47 (sixteen years ago) link

etc etc

j0e (j0e), Thursday, 1 May 2003 09:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Had it for a month or so on Promo, and its fantastic, probably the best thing he's done, a progression of what he's done before rather than anything different. Its as good as the Manitoba, in fact those 2 albums will be in my top 50 come the end of the year along with the magic Soulo - Man, the Manipulator and Kopernic - Kopernic

Action Jackson, Thursday, 1 May 2003 10:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Had it a while too. If you like his stuff you'll really fall for this one, it's gorgeous. Better than Manitoba's Up In Flames in my view and that's really going some coz i luv that record, different to Pause but still just as beautiful... clever, clever fella

Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Thursday, 1 May 2003 10:47 (sixteen years ago) link

It's very, very good. So is the new Prefuse 73, while you're spending money.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 1 May 2003 13:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Looks like I'll be buying the whole concert bill, then (P73, 4Tet, and Manitoba are playing select U.S. cities). (I only have Up in Flames so far.) (And now kicking myself for planning a trip the same weekend of that show.)

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 1 May 2003 14:04 (sixteen years ago) link

he's not producing the beth orton album (i spoke to him an hour ago). he did some remixes for her and worked on a b-side and they might extend the collaboration. what you're hearing is pr types hyping more nonexistent marketing angles.

ben sterling (frozen in time), Thursday, 1 May 2003 16:22 (sixteen years ago) link

I interviewed Four Tet recently and he said he *is* producing
the new Beth Orton album. It's right here on my tape, I swear.

Da ve Segal, Thursday, 1 May 2003 19:44 (sixteen years ago) link

New Four Tet album is luuuurvley. Some of the sounds have the same feel as the previous one, which makes me happy- I love the tones and general mood. There's one awful unlistenable track (a la No More Mosquitoes, though I can't remember the name of the new one) and the ending Slow Jam is kinda boring. My Angel Rocks Back and Forth is prime girlfriend-bait-mixtape material, though. Aces overall.

r. geary (rgeary), Thursday, 1 May 2003 20:04 (sixteen years ago) link

[off-topic] j_o_e_b, does yr computer have a virus? i just got a superweird bit of spam offa you...150k email titled "Questionnaire" but seemingly containing...nothing. Just asking.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Thursday, 1 May 2003 21:52 (sixteen years ago) link

charlie, i've has some similar stuff (not from joeb).

gaz (gaz), Thursday, 1 May 2003 22:10 (sixteen years ago) link

been listening to a few songs on this album all day and then... track eight - 'as serious as your life'! holy shit this rawks. much craze on the board lately with the manitoba's release and now new four tet. of the two, i've always been partial to four tet and pause & rounds are why. cannae wait tah see boef wif prefuse 73.

j.a.e., Friday, 2 May 2003 05:50 (sixteen years ago) link

that prefuse73 reckid rocks! i was a doubter.

gaz (gaz), Friday, 2 May 2003 08:45 (sixteen years ago) link

three years pass...
Anyone heard the new Four Tet DJ Kicks cd?

todd (todd), Wednesday, 10 May 2006 13:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Just wondering because I can pick it up used, but know only a few tracks:

01. David Behrman - Leapday Night (Scene 1)
02. Syclops - Mom, The Video Broke
03. Curtis Mayfield - If I Were Only A Child Again
04. Heiner Stadler - Out-Rock
05. Gary Davis - The Professor's Here
06. Heldon - Les Soucoupes Volantes Vertes
07. Stereolab - Les Yper-Sound
08. So Solid Crew - Dillema
09. Akufen - Psychometry 3.2
10. Animal Collective - Baby Day
11. Madvillain - Figaro (101 Remix)
12. Julian Priester Pepo Mtoto - Love, Love
13. Four Tet - Pockets
14. Model 500 - Psychosomatic
15. Shona People Of Rhodesia - Taireva
16. Quickspace Supersport - Superspace
17. Cabaret Voltaire - Kneel To The Boss
18. Gong - Love Is How Y Make It
19. Showbiz & A.G. - Represent
20. Group Home - Up Against The Wall (Getaway Car Mix)
21. Autechre - Flutter

todd (todd), Thursday, 11 May 2006 12:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Looks like you've found a promo- it's not out until the end of June, at least in the US. Interesting tracklist, though- Gong?!

Telephonething (Telephonething), Thursday, 11 May 2006 18:10 (thirteen years ago) link

hmmm mebbe worth a check

"late night tales" is great

Lukas (lukas), Thursday, 11 May 2006 18:12 (thirteen years ago) link

that tracklist screams ableton live
can't wait to hear it myself!

yours fondly, harshaw. (mrgn), Thursday, 11 May 2006 20:07 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

New EP is good. Wing Body Wing is probably one of the better tracks. Kinda sounds like a cross between Pantha Du Prince and Invisible Conga People's 'Cable Dazed'. Glad he's momentarily stepped away from the folk-tronica tag, ugh what a term.

oscar, Thursday, 20 March 2008 02:53 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

Hijacked from the Burial thread, the sample B1 here

For this sounds amazing, even compared to his 4/4 stuff, it sounds more more kind of at the same time plain and unlike anything else I've heard by four tet. Absolutely lovely, pitty it has to be on a limited, fetish-object release.

formerly: mehlt (Edward Saroyan), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 01:43 (ten years ago) link

that 'ringer' EP was fantastic. he's really on a bit of a run lately!

butt_hurton (haitch), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 02:05 (ten years ago) link

I saw the 2XLP for $10 but didn't buy it (figured it get it later, but haven't seen it at the same store since)


formerly: mehlt (Edward Saroyan), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 02:39 (ten years ago) link

This is pretty wicked. Goes very nicely with the Field record.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 8 May 2009 12:49 (ten years ago) link

Liking that a lot

stet, Friday, 8 May 2009 12:56 (ten years ago) link

Plz to tell more?

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Friday, 8 May 2009 13:46 (ten years ago) link

2 tracks, approx 9 minutes each, collaboration between Burial & Four Tet, very ambient-ey sort of.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 8 May 2009 14:01 (ten years ago) link

Limited 12" or download as far as format goes.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 8 May 2009 14:02 (ten years ago) link

Oh right.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Friday, 8 May 2009 14:51 (ten years ago) link

not so limited, already repressed.

languid samuel l. jackson (jim), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 12:45 (ten years ago) link

hopefully this pressing will sound less arse than the old one.

languid samuel l. jackson (jim), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 12:47 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

the press release for his upcoming fabriclive sounds good, like this new track locked off it. like a lot. seriously love this guy but he has never made a release that is wholly satisfied. there is love in you didn't go far enough in the direction he's been headed post-reid for me (ringer, the burial collabs etc.)

℗⎣▲✘ (ico), Saturday, 13 August 2011 12:44 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

His new Fabriclive mix is pretty excellent

Number None, Monday, 12 September 2011 16:12 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

yes looking forward to giving this a listen. lots of obscure garage cuts apparently so right up my street.

sam500, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 04:38 (eight years ago) link

eight months pass...

heard this remix of a track from Nigel Godrich's new Ultraista project the other day on Gilles' 6music show and I'm putting it here because Kieran has completely smashed it (and makes the original seem pedestrian by comparison). Srsly, this is *awesome*.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:51 (seven years ago) link

Also new from Mr. Tet, not sure if it's being discussed elsewhere:

recordbreaking transfer to Lucknow FC (seandalai), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:20 (seven years ago) link

I have been binging on Mr Tet lately so I am happy to have some new ones!

I know ILM has generally been down on Mr Tet but god damn there is nothing he can't make sound good w a sparkly remix. I've been on the fence about Ultraista but I'd listen to Mr Tet remixing the sound of the rubbish collectors this morning TBH.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 05:35 (seven years ago) link

It is really annoying not being able to view/listen to anything with Flash at work.

Psychedelic Space Jellyfish with harps is SUPER DOUBLE PLUS GOOD. I think I've just been so captivated by the video, though, that I'm not really processing the song. I'm not sure about the bass, though. Don't know that wob suits Mr Tet. But who cares, it's all wibbling harps and things.

Ultraista, though. I feel vaguely disappointed with myself that I am utterly failing to be captivated by it. Come on, it's got my name all over it, why is this not total WCC catnip? I don't know if I'm being overly suspicious of something which feels *too* marketed to me, but if a Four Tet remix can't make me fall in love with a song, I don't know that anything will.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 19:19 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

So the proper download of Pink has been out for a week or so. He's doing absolutely no marketing for it. Who's listening? Off one (distracted) listen I wasn't sure it hung together like a proper "album" (excuse my old fashioned rockiest ideas), but it was a distracted listen in the midst of house-buying chaos. I'm just whacking out on the iPod so I can play it via the Zeppelin and hear it in space rather than headphones.

Seemed like plenty of bass, to be fair.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 25 August 2012 07:33 (seven years ago) link

Been listening to this all week, it's fantastic. I had the same 'not a proper album' issue at first too, but I suspect part of that is psychological, given that I know it's a singles comp. If he'd just released this music straight off as a single piece, I'm not sure I'd have given it a second thought.

'Locked' & 'Lions' are the highlights for me so far, really strong opening.

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Saturday, 25 August 2012 08:08 (seven years ago) link

Four tet's tech house remix of leave a trace by chvrches is his best banger IMO - a real sublime high point

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 5 October 2017 19:23 (two years ago) link

"two thousand and seventeen" is great - always loved "my angel rock back and forth" and this is like a more optimistic flipside to that

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 8 October 2017 02:04 (two years ago) link

But I can see anyone not into his 'pretty' side being infuriated by it

Nah his best records have some grit in there to balance the sweetness, you need both to prevent it becoming cloying. This one is pretty cloying and mostly forgettable.

Matt DC, Sunday, 8 October 2017 09:11 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

This is where I recorded and mixed the album and all the gear I used

— Four Tet (@FourTet) October 25, 2017

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 25 October 2017 23:13 (two years ago) link

haha, that's great

niels, Thursday, 26 October 2017 07:04 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I liked that.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:28 (two years ago) link

when so many bands are going for analogue synth porn/modular excess, this is ace.

mark e, Thursday, 26 October 2017 09:21 (two years ago) link

Jealous of his studio view.

Matt DC, Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:05 (two years ago) link

Kind of furious that the speakers aren't equidistant from the window frame, tbh.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:20 (two years ago) link

Enjoying the meme generated from this tweet. Also his other twitter thread where he answered a bunch of nerdy questions about the record.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 October 2017 18:00 (two years ago) link

Kind of furious that the speakers aren't equidistant from the window frame, tbh.
― Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy),

to be fair sick, the table isn't exactly squared up with the window either.

also, i guess the seating position is slightly shuffled to the right due to the keyboard, hence the RHS speaker is a little over.

mark e, Thursday, 26 October 2017 18:25 (two years ago) link

its organic

plax (ico), Thursday, 26 October 2017 19:56 (two years ago) link

"This is where I recorded and mixed the album and all the gear I used" -- new I Make Music board description please

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 October 2017 19:58 (two years ago) link

That should become like one of those fitness motivation memes but for music nerds

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:02 (two years ago) link

What's the item on the left, some kind of preamp?

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:03 (two years ago) link

he lays it all out in the replies

na (NA), Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:05 (two years ago) link

wait what did he use an interface for if everything used to record is in the picture? Just for headphone monitoring? Is there something hiding under the desk?

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:20 (two years ago) link

pretty sure the controller is a Novation Launchkey 25|ClickEV. That's a modest controller, I like it.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:22 (two years ago) link

Feel like there's a bit of undeserved snarkiness to the meme.

djh, Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:15 (two years ago) link

where's the meme?

niels, Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:16 (two years ago) link

just search the phrase on twitter

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:24 (two years ago) link

that meme is DOA

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:31 (two years ago) link

Ok finally getting around to this and tbqh its kinda boring.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 27 October 2017 00:13 (two years ago) link

it's great, and he didn't even master it!

haha... his twitter is fun

niels, Friday, 27 October 2017 06:06 (two years ago) link


Karl Malone, Saturday, 28 October 2017 02:03 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

great stuff here

niels, Friday, 17 November 2017 19:33 (two years ago) link

album sounds poorly mixed lol

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Monday, 20 November 2017 16:22 (two years ago) link

I saw something which suggested he hadn't had it mastered, which could explain the 'poorly mixed' vibe. It's certainly a little odd sounding at points.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:22 (two years ago) link

he said so himself on twitter

sounds great to my ears

niels, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:45 (two years ago) link

to me there are muddiness issues and frequency masking problems (instruments getting in each other's way) that i would expected if you mixed in that room with the speakers that close to the walls without soundproofing

but i am being sort of a troll, it's technically true that it sounds objectively less clear and separated and deep than his other stuff but it's also badass that he got it out and people like it despite that. things are too mixed these days, maybe. maybe it's much cooler to release stuff that is mixed well enough to get the point across than to have to deal with labels / engineers etc

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:30 (two years ago) link

The vinyl sounds great to me, no issues with it at all. I'll tell you what's poorly mastered to vinyl: the latest Laurel Halo, which sounds vastly fuller / clearer on Spotify.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:40 (two years ago) link

Album sounds great to me. Not as good as the Kelly Lee Owens, but it sounds as good as the Morning/Evening record.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:48 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

loving this.

BICEP vs Four Tet :

mark e, Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:09 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

bump again for mark e

raspberry swirl (Ross), Friday, 29 June 2018 19:47 (one year ago) link

really liking new energy this morning. perfect for the sun coming up

Ross, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 15:35 (one year ago) link

one month passes...
^^goooood stuff

niels, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:09 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

sw9 9sl is so so great

macropuente (map), Monday, 22 October 2018 07:27 (one year ago) link


niels, Monday, 22 October 2018 07:49 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

that kiss it better remix is too good, opens this killer set

niels, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 11:07 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Alexandra Palace live show, with 42,000+ lights hanging down throughout the audience, was incredible. I couldn't see the stage at any point in the set and I didn't care in the slightest.

Matt DC, Friday, 10 May 2019 16:06 (ten months ago) link

Just saw photos of this and man...

just sayin, Saturday, 11 May 2019 08:35 (ten months ago) link

I got this

— Sol's Comprador Past (@SSchonfield) May 11, 2019

just sayin, Saturday, 11 May 2019 08:35 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

bored silly by this latest one tbh

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 13 March 2020 17:16 (three weeks ago) link

If you asked me to describe his sound to someone who hadn't heard recent Four Tet albums, or make a knock-off for an ad or something, it would sound like this. Swirly bell-tone arpeggios over dance beats with very few surprises.

But it's still pretty and nice to have on while doing computer work.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 March 2020 18:27 (three weeks ago) link

Pretty nice is a good summary. The cover is exceptionally on brand, which feels apposite.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 14 March 2020 14:30 (three weeks ago) link

he peaked with "Only Human"

Papa Triste (Thee Macallan 18 Year), Saturday, 14 March 2020 17:27 (three weeks ago) link

The actual cover is nice but I’m a little disappointed that he didn’t just use the post-it note placeholder one instead.

michaellambert, Saturday, 14 March 2020 18:37 (three weeks ago) link

First two thirds of this is pretty good, before it goes too gong bath-y. Nothing new as people have said, but maybe a bit more generous with the hooks this time?

chap, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:54 (three weeks ago) link

12 days into 12 week lockdown at my house and - on the infrequent occasions I get to listen to it - this is actually just what the public health official ordered right now. Calming. Beautiful. Reassuring. Familiar but new.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 26 March 2020 09:54 (one week ago) link

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