Late Night Tales: Four Tet - (2xLP Vinyl Compilation)

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Originally released back in 2004 this release has been our most requested for a vinyl re release along with recent re issues of Cinematic Orchestra and MGMT on 180 gram vinyl, Kieran Hebden's contribution to our renowned series of compilations redefines the word "eclectic". From sun-kissed 60s psychedelia (Manfred Mann, would you believe?) to cosmic jazz, to skull-crunchin' hip-hop (Gravediggaz) and Terry Riley's tape-loop cut-ups, seriously entertaining and even educational take on the chillout comp - as well as a peek at the myriad influences that are at work in Hebden's own music as Four Tet. Highlights include Icarus' digital jazz deconstructions, the indescribable beauties of Linda Perlhac's Parallelograms and Koushik's woozy funk workouts.
All in all, a rare treat composed of, er, rare treats. Thoroughly recommended.
Also includes an exclusive cover version of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Castles Made Of Sand"
To avoid any confusion from Kieran Hebden the Four Tet mix audio that appeared on the original CD is the very same as the 2004 release, but the separate tracks on the vinyl have been mastered individually to suit vinyl. 


For anyone familiar with the sound of the music of Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet), the choices on LateNightTales: Four Tet, a selection of Hebden's favorite songs, will be unsurprising, because although the tracks change from experimental jazz to psychedelic pop to techno, their underlying element -- and that of Four Tet's -- is consistent. They all, even those more organically produced and featuring a vocalist or instrumental solo, have a strong emphasis on rhythm and repetition, either in the accompanying music or in the melody itself. While Hebden may be influenced by a variety of genres (there's a song in here by Rahsaan Rolan Kirk, one by Terry Riley, another by Tortoise, and a fantastic one by enigmatic '70s singer Linda Perhacs), he is also almost exclusively drawn to a particular sound, a pattern, a soft layering of elements, all which are found in all his own work. At the request of the label, he does include his own music in LateNightTales, as well as a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand," which, after being dissected and gently put back together by Hebden, sounds very little like the original, but is pretty nonetheless, and more importantly, fits very well with the mood of the album. The overall feel is what's most important here, and even the songs that might seem misplaced at first glance, in fact work well with the whole upon closer inspection. For example, "2 Cups of Blood" by Gravediggaz, which is louder and more aggressive than anything else on the record, contains all of those ingredients that Hebden clearly loves: a strong sense of rhythm, heavy layering (almost to the point of messiness), and looping layers. This componential consistency ends up making LateNightTales: Four Tet a nice album that can fit comfortably in any Hebden fan's collection.

By: Marisa Brown.

"Haunted Feelings" – 2:21 – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
"Battle Rhymes For Battle Times" – 2:37 – Koushik
"Wiggy" (Edit) – 0:32 – Hal Blaine
"One Way Glass" – 3:37 – Manfred Mann Chapter Three
"Music For The Gift" (part 2) – 1:52 – Terry Riley

"January V" – 3:18 – Max Roach
"Why We Fight" – 4:08 – Tortoise
"2 Cups Of Blood" – 1:24 – Gravediggaz

"Parallelograms" – 4:31 – Linda Perhacs
"Castles Made of Sand" – 3:35 – Four Tet

"Earth" – 13:16 – Joe Henderson
"Valiha Del" – 4:47 – Jef Gilson + Malagasy
"Strange Ways" (Koushik's Remix) – 2:13 – Madvillain

"Griffo" (Edit) – 0:49 – Smoke
"Tale In Hard Time" – 3:27 – Fairport Convention
"Tinkle" – 0:36 – J Saunders
"Benevolent Incubator" – 10:11 – Icarus
"218 Beverley" – 7:27 – Manitoba
"Don'ts" – 3:31 – David Shrigley

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