Four Tet to play 'in the round' at Barrowlands
- Arusa Qureshi
- 2 February 2018
Keiran Hebden brings his trademark club experimentations to Glasgow
Having now been in the game for 20 years, Kieran Hebden (known more commonly by his moniker Four Tet) is one of the finest electronic musicians and club DJs around. His collaborations with everyone from Steve Reid to Burial have garnered vast amounts of attention, but in his genre-defying solo material, he reveals a multitude of influences that all play a distinct role in creating melodies, rhythms and beats that are sonically rich and highly evocative.
Hebden's latest release, New Energy, his ninth album and first since 2015, harks back to various motifs from past records, uniting these with his current more dance-centric sounds. There's the sweeping instrumentation and blissed-out melodies complemented by elements of Indian classical music and jazz as on 'Two Thousand and Seventeen'. But then this coalesces seamlessly with more typically garage / house grooves on tracks like the up-tempo 'SW9 9SL'.
New Energy's warmth points to its overall characteristic of intimacy, which is backed by the lack of overt fanfare that surrounded its release. Instead, Hebden chose to donate the first 1000 vinyl and CD copies to Oxfam to sell. As he recently explained on the Stance Podcast, where he appeared as a guest: 'the idea came from my mum: she works in an Oxfam branch … and she asked for some copies, so we can sell them there. It's a charity that's been around my whole life and I've always associated them with music because most Oxfam shops sell records. I can't believe I'd never thought of it before.'
As part of his upcoming tour, Hebden will be heading to Barrowlands for a special headline show, which will see him playing 'in the round', directly in the middle of the dancefloor. It's a rare chance for fans to see the DJ in this non-traditional set-up and one that will no doubt augment his trademark club experimentations.
Barrowlands, Glasgow, Fri 16 Feb.