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Boomkat Product Review:
With the weight of expectation currently resting upon Four Tet's shoulders it would have been easy for the part time Fridge-man to crack open a tin of instrumentroinica, tinker with it a bit then release an updated Xerox of 2003's 'Rounds', raking in both the cash and accompanying platitudes. Thankfully for us he's decided not to do that and whilst 'Everything Ecstatic' is by no means a drastic departure from his previous work, it nevertheless shows the innovative evolution of sound and blindingly amblicated acumen we have belligerantly come to expect from Hebden. Opening the album with a starburst is the obstreperous rhythms and porous bass of 'A Joy', a track that does exactly what it says on the tin. Built around a pretty punishing bass and rotating palate of ADD percussion, Hebden weaves a beatific tapestry of florid instrumental delicacy before rubbing it up against all manner of dissonant auditory gravel to produce a thrilling friction that gives crystal lucidity to the track. 'Smile Around the Face' is a slight reworking of the recent limited edition 12" which obsesses in creating a fantastically complex structure then rendering it in a manner that suggests it is the most charmingly simple thing you've ever heard. 'Everything Ecstatic' allows Hebden to indulge his musical whimsies in a way that, rather than resulting in a collection of electronically informed navel gazing, actually produces a dauntless record of extreme beauty. With 'Sun Drums and Soil' taking on the mighty Shadow and winning, 'And Then Patterns' twinkle-toed hip-hop stylings and the epic 'Sleep, Eat Food, Have Vision's 3 part rhetorical structure (1. Jumble of beats, bleeps, fogged out noise 2. Rigid, stuttering Jenkinson beats 3. Backwards dubbing), Hebden has created an album that is both scrupulously new yet steeped in tradition.