Four Tet does things differently. His take on dance music has always used sounds and structures outside of other artists in the mainstream. It’s a style that he has cultivated over the years and in different directions but always to great results and his latest album New Energy is no exception.
The focus of the album is a more minimal approach with lots off atmosphere which unifies all the tracks to create a complete piece of work. LA Trance with its lead synth Line with plenty of Swing was the first track to really get in my head and I’ve chosen it as my Track Of The Week.]
The album Rounds by Four Tet has a lovely natural feel to it. Traditional instruments are severalty sampled and then treated to the electronica production ethos that would usually be applied to synthesis, resulting in something fresh.
There are often arguments that the computer revolution has resulted in “lazyer” music. Created by producers which lack the technical proficiency of an instrument that was required until the development of the Digital Audio Workstation. I would argue that the skill for these artists comes from the art of production itself.
Bands still exist to appease the rhetoric “real music” fans. But now we also get this whole new development of music as we know it. Albums like Rounds do something that would have been impossible 30 years ago. Technology has progressed to the stage where an individual can compose a full album on a laptop computer. Along the way this freedom is only going to allow more diverse and interesting music and the work of Four Tet is a perfect example of this.
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