Boomkat Product Review:
Lovely new album from Keiran Hebden's Radiohead approved Four Tet alias. In 'Rounds' we find him in a multi-track blissed out rustic sampledom frame of mind that comes as a perfect next stop on his journey after the folk-glitch wonder of 'Pause'. In the hands of Mr Hebden awesome drum breaks fuse with weirdly engaging time signatures inside a field of percussion and deft melodies. As strongly influenced by hip hop sample techniques as laptop fuelled forays, all the tracks here blur the line seductively between what is live and what isn't. Kicking off with the ace jazz sample exploration 'Hands' tied down by a crisp rustic beat and lifted by some heartwarming open melodies which leads into the massive prior single 'She Moves She', tune. 'My Angel Rocks Back and Forth' drops a crisp modal beat with harp playing like Alice Coltrane jamming with Savath & Sevalas - utterly sublime. 'Spirit Fingers' gets mo' hectic sounding like jazz guitar hero John Mclaughlin riding with Matmos. 'Unspoken' clocking in at nearly ten minutes is early DJ Shadow meeting beautiful jazz piano minimalism ala Brad Mehldau amongst spiritual percussion - completely uplifting music. Words scarcely do justice to the sublime genius of 'And They All Look Broken Hearted'. One of the highlights of the year so far, thank you Keiran. Completely essential.