[ALBUM REVIEW] Four Tet – New Energy

Four Tet – New Energy
29th September 2017
Label: Text Records
Producers: Four Tet
Singles: Scientists

Throughout an illustrious career, Four Tet has been around the block a few times, and tried his hand at more genres than you can shake a stick at. From his earlier acoustic electronica work to his recent stream of always-reliable remixes for the likes of Eric Prydz and Jamie xx to name a few. This new project marks Four Tet’s tenth studio album, one that arrives four years after the release of his experimental two-track project Morning/Evening, released with few bells or whistles, and one promo single Scientists, Four Tet’s New Energy is here.

New Energy is an exploratory project, one that provides spotlights for each of the musical directions Four Tet has attempted throughout his career. From the Pause-nodding acoustic/downtempo stylings of Two Thousand and Seventeen, to the more intricate Burial-collaborating era of recent years, best illustrated than on SW9 9SL. New Energy is a bold title in any musician’s case, and with Four Tet, it isn’t necessarily the most appropriate. ‘New’ ideas and themes are flirted with, but in reality the project’s summarising aspect is to reflect on Hebden’s past brilliance, encompassing his talents that have worked so well in the past. And for such a multi-talented, genre-spanning electronic artist, it’s a great reminder of Four Tet’s excellence.

Verdict – WWWV

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