Five reasons to go and see Four Tet
- The List
- 5 March 2010
Pantha Du Prince - Stick To My Side (Fourtet version)
1: He knows a good collaboration when he sees one
Whether performing with improvisational jazz drummer Steve Reid, collaborating with dubstep wonderboy Burial, making B-sides for Radiohead or remixing Nathan Fake, Boom Bip or Matthew Dear, Hebden’s appeal is often down to the sum of multiple, very well chosen parts.
2: He wants you to dance
You like bleeps, buttons and dancing, and this man, prolific London musician / producer Kieran Hebden, wants to help you out. He’ll bring the kaleidoscopic, hypnotic electro-folk-jazz soup, if you bring the nodding head or dancing feet.
3: He’ll probably play lots of stuff off his new album
To the disappoint of some, his latest LP, There is Love In You moves away from his complex, experimental arrangements towards a housier, more solid and melodic noise. But the creativity is still there, will angelic vocals, abstract beats and danceable moments layered up like a musical lasagne.
4: He’s got good special guests
German minimal techno delight Pantha du Prince is supporting, along with Rocketnumbernine. PdP’s recent Black Noise LP was a purring, rolling blend of bells and throbbing melodies. Expect good things.
5: He makes a better door than a window
You’ll get far more from watching him perform his electronic wizardry onstage than you will from standing behind him at a gig. Hebden’s trademark voluminous hair, as witnessed by a List reviewer standing behind him at a 2009 festival, will eclipse most things in your direct, and possibly peripheral, vision.
Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sat 13 Mar.