Just a month ago or so, the ever-prolific Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, let loose a treasure trove of previously unheard demos and tracks, including remixes of Atoms for Peace and Grimes and several instrumental pieces. Then, just last week, he promised to celebrate 200,000 likes on Facebook by releasing “3 albums, 7 download codes, 27k in dogecoins, a spotify playlist and malware on sendspace.” While we’re still waiting for those fat stacks of dogecoins, he’s now delivered another musical smorgasbord via his brand new Bandcamp page.
The page now features four early Four Tet releases: 1998’s Thirtysixtwentyfive and Misnomer and 1999’s Glasshead and Dialogue, available for both streaming and purchase. Each of these releases was given limited physical runs, and represent some of the very first music to come out of the Four Tet moniker. Thirtysixtwentyfive is, in fact, the project’s debut single, representing more of a post-rock influence, while his debut album, Dialogue, heralded a turn toward electro-jazz. For an taste of early Four Tet, take a listen to Glassland’s A-side below.
It’s also worth noting that the design of the Bandcamp page seems to be a subtle dig at Spotify. In the past, Hebden has come out against the streaming service, once remarking, “For a moment everyone thought ‘Oh, piracy is going to change things’ but their (labels) response was to dig their heels even harder and dominate the market even more. They are controlling things in a very full-on way. I grew up in the nineties where there was a very strong D.I.Y. aesthetic and I really want to see that kind of behaviour encouraged more and more.”
When he’s not rallying against Spotify or singing up to Bandcamp, Hebden recently took part in the “Beat This” web series/competition, which challenges DJs/producers to make a beat in under ten minutes. Below, watch as he whips up one slamming beat using only the A-side of Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller.